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Non-biological father hoping court grants him adoption privileges

A situation in another state has left one man thinking about his childhood. He says his adoptive father gave him a chance at a good life he might not otherwise have had. Like many young fathers in California, this man is now a U.S. military soldier on active duty overseas. He hopes adoption will be the answer for another child, an infant born to his estranged wife and a baby he believed was his own while the mother was pregnant.  

The man said his wife devastated him by informing him that he was not the child's biological father. He has since taken a paternity test, which confirmed her statement. While serving abroad in the nation's military, the man's sister contacted him to let him know the birth mother said her baby had died during delivery.  

The man ultimately learned it was untrue. The mother and two other people had apparently conspired to forge a signature on the child's birth certificate. The birth mother then gave the baby to the couple, who were pulled over by police while traveling with the infant. Those two people are now serving supervised probation as sentences after they pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit forgery.  

The non-biological father says he hopes adoption is the course of action the court deems is in the child's best interest. He stated that, like his own adoptive father, he is ready and willing to provide the child a loving, happy home. The birth mother pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud and reportedly made statements saying she is going to try to stop her husband from obtaining custody of the infant. When complicated issues arise in California family law situations, experienced attorneys often step in to provide legal support to those in need. 

Source: Fox, "Soldier stationed abroad fights for custody of non-biological son after being told baby died", Kathleen Joyce, Accessed on May 22, 2018

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