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This week, Los Alamos resident Robert Manzanares filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Utah in hopes of getting Utah’s adoption laws declared unconstitutional. He joins the group with 11 other men who feel their rights as single fathers have been violated by the state of Utah.
The group is also asking for no less than $250 million in damages.
Manzanares’ own struggles with Utah came to national light several years ago, when his pregnant girlfriend told Manzanares she was going to Utah to visit her father. She went to Utah, had her baby, then immediately gave it up for adoption to her brother without Manzanares’ advice or consent.
According to Utah’s adoption laws, an unmarried biological father’s permission is not needed if the child is six months old or younger.
He’s been fighting to get full custody of her ever since, fighting custody cases in Colorado (where his daughter was conceived) and Utah since 2007. His daughter will be 6-years-old soon.
His plan, if and when the custody courts rule in his favor, is to gradually transition her into his home, which he shares with his fiancee, Pennie Gould, as well as their two daughters and young son.
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