This article will discuss the problems putative fathers face when their biological child is put up for adoption without their consent or knowledge. It will further argue that when a custody issue does arise between putative fathers and adoptive parents, the best way to resolve the custody dispute--and more importantly protect the best interest of the child--is through a process called clinical mediation. Finally, even if clinical mediation is not successful, this article will argue that clinical mediators should be permitted to make recommendations to the court as to the custody or visitation issues.
A Happier Ending for Everyone: Resolving Adoption Disputes Between Putative Fathers and Adoptive Parents Through Clinical Mediation,
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