- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that a biological father can assert his paternity and challenge his child’s adoption though the father didn’t claim paternity by filing with a state registry.

The justice’s unanimous decision upholds trial judge’s decision allowing a man to set aside a couple’s adoption of the child.

The high court’s ruling Tuesday said the biological father preserved his rights to claim paternity by promptly suing to challenge the adoption once he learned of the adoption proceedings.

The latest ruling stands in contrast to a 2008 ruling by the Court of Appeals. The 2008 ruling said a man’s consent to an adoption wasn’t needed because he didn’t file a paternity claim with the state registry within a 30-day deadline.

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