A Child’s Best Interest in Utah Adoption Cases
Spain’s Actions in the Best Interest of Children
A recent news story from Spain described a conspiracy that sounds too terrible to be true. The story describes that for decades, beginning in the 1950’s, Doctors, clergymen, and government officials had been stealing babies and giving them up to other people to raise as their own. The babies weren’t snatched out of their cribs while they slept peacefully at home, rather, they were taken away from parents at hospitals because the parents were told their child was dead. When asked to see the dead babies’ bodies, parents were denied any access to ever seeing their babies again. Few people ever raised a fight to see their supposedly dead babies because there were many political and societal fears not to contact a family law attorney to protect their parental rights.
Illegal baby adoption originally began with the Spanish government forcibly taking imprisoned communists mothers’ babies to be raised with more conservative families. The government decided that this was in the best interest of the babies. Fortunately in Utah, the legislature has not deemed similar state action in the best interest of the child.
The Best Interest of Children in Utah Adoption Cases
In every Utah adoption, the best interest of the child governs and is the foremost concern in a court’s determination of an adoption proceeding. A Utah court must make a specific finding regarding the best interest of the child, taking into consideration information provided to the court pursuant to the adoption requirements defined by law relating to the health, safety, and welfare of the child and the moral climate of the potential adoptive placement.
There is no definitive checklist of factors to be used for determining custody in Utah adoption cases. No checklist exists because such factors are highly personal and individual. Some factors considered in determining a child’s best interest include the preference of a child, keeping siblings together, the relative strength of the child’s bond with the prospective parents, and other factors that relate to the prospective parents’ character or status.
Utah Family Law Lawyers Help With Adoption
Utah courts will always look to the best interest of a child in granting petitions for adoption. If you are seeking to adopt a child call a family law attorney from Salcido Law Firm. A SLF family law lawyer will help you through the difficult process of adoption and show a court that by you adopting a certain child, the child’s best interest would be served. Call 801.413.1753 to speak with a family law attorney today.