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Suit Against Utah Adoption Agency to Move Forward

– February 26, 2014

A lawsuit filed by a Pennsylvania man against a Utah adoption agency that placed his daughter up for adoption against his wishes will go back to a lower court for further consideration after a ruling by an appeals court this week.

The suit was brought by Christopher Carlton against Adoption Center of Choice in Salt Lake City and Shalanda Brown, the ex-girlfriend who gave birth to his daughter in June of 2010, while he was stationed in Iraq.

Carlton claims that Brown initially attempted to hide the pregnancy, but later left Pennsylvania and went to Utah to place the baby up for adoption without his knowledge or consent.

According to the lawsuit, Utah’s adoption regulations are among the most slack in the nation, and several other lawsuits have been filed against women from states across the country who traveled to Utah to put children up for adoption without the consent of the babies’ fathers.

Upon learning about the adoption, Carlton attempted to amend a paternity petition in Utah in an effort to stop the adoption proceedings, but his request was denied by a lower court judge.

This week, a court of appeals ruled in Carlton’s favor, saying that the lower court erred when it refused to allow him to file an amended paternity petition.

The case will now be returned to the lower court for further consideration.

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