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Ohio Custody Battle Between Adoptive Mother, Biological Father May Go to the U.S. Supreme Court

By Nottage and Ward on March 23, 2011

According to The Dayton Daily News, a contentious child custody case in Ohio resumed earlier this month and many legal experts believe it may go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The custody hearing of the “Baby Vanessa” case occurred for two days in July 2010 and has been rescheduled twice; first for negotiations, and then to accommodate the schedules of the many lawyers who work on the case.

The case is very complex. It is between a woman from California, who is the baby’s prospective adoptive mother, and the baby’s biological father. According to the prosecutor who represents the best interests of the child in the hearing, he believes the child should stay with the woman. When asked for the reasons supporting his opinion, he stated it will be explained in court proceedings.

WDTN.com reports that the two-year-old girl has been living with the woman in California since she was born. The baby’s birth mother personally chose the woman to care for her daughter and says that, at the time of the placement, she did not know the identity of the girl’s biological father. The woman began adoption proceedings shortly after the baby’s birth, in June, 2008, but was stopped by the biological father’s petition for custody.

Legal experts have stated they believe the case has a strong possibility to go before the U.S. Supreme Court, because it is a case that puts the rights of children against the rights of birth parents. The case has also garnered national attention since two States are intensely entrenched in it.

The Illinois child custody lawyers at Nottage and Ward have the skills and experience you need to protect your rights and your child during a custody dispute in Illinois. We can answer any questions you have about the child custody options available to you and can help you decide which is best for your specific situation. To find out whether our attorneys can meet your needs, call 312-332-2915 today.

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