Quotes & Interviews
January 21, 2007
June 17, 2006
Erik Smith was interviewed by the PBS program To the Contrary on the topic of father registries
June 4, 2006
Unwed dads get state's help in finding kids, The Columbus Dispatch
March 27, 2006
Erik Smith was interviewed on NPR (podcast available)
March 20, 2006
Erik Smith appeared on CNN Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees with Adam Pertman and Mary Beck (transcript available)
March 19, 2006
Unwed Fathers Fight for Babies Placed for Adoption by Mothers, New York Times
Dads: How to protect your rights, Cleveland Plain Dealer (article no longer available)
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The state of Arkansas has taken the confusion between desires and rights to a new level of absurdity in its decision granting the right to adopt to cohabitating couples.
This article summarizes and comments on the Iowa Supreme Court's decision in In re N.N.E. (June 2008), in which the court held that a portion of the Iowa Indian Child Welfare Act was unconstitutional. I describe why I agree with the case's ultimate result, but disagree with the constitutional ruling.
This articles summarizes the United States Supreme Court opinion in Boumediene v. Bush rendered in June 2008 about the right of Gauntanamo Bay detainees to test the legality of their detention through habeas corpus. I describe why I agree with the decision, addressing the dissenting justices and distinguishing the case from In re Quirin, a prisoner of war case from World War II.
Contested Adoption in Florida
This article summarizes a contested adoption case in Florida's Second District Court of Appeals, decided in July 2008. The unwed parents had met at a religious school they were attending in 2004, conceived a child, and became informally engaged. The mother's parents then removed the mother from the school and concealed her location from the father. The father did not know about the pregnancy until shortly before the birth. In July 2008, the Appeals Court held that the father's consent to the adoption was unnecessary on the ground of abandonment after learning of the pregnancy and during the litigation. I state my disagreement with that decision, describing procedures and precedents the court neglected to relate.
Changing Minors' Names in Ohio
The article describes in depth the law in Ohio, as of July 1, 2008, about changing minors' surnames. The article discusses when a court other than the probate court may entertain a name change, and the factors courts consider when determining a name change, and giving notice of the application to change name to the other parent.
The article describes in depth the law in Ohio, as of July 1, 2008, about when probate courts find a registered putative (non-legally established) father's consent unnecessary under R.C. 3107.07 for abandonment or failure to support the mother or child adequately. The article concerns only fathers of the child who have registered timely with the Ohio Putative Father Registry.
Special Appearance in Ohio
The article briefly describes the law in Ohio, as of July 1, 2008, about making a special appearance in Ohio (appearing in an Ohio court in a civil case without submitting to the court's jurisdiction). Ohio has abolished the special appearance procedure. Now, litigants wanting to appear specially must plead the jurisdictional or other problem under the civil rules. The article discusses the rules about doing that.
See also Erik L. Smith's article, "Putative Father Registry Deadlines and the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act" in Air Force Law Review volume 60, September 2007, pp 175-197.
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BOCVAROV V. PUFFENBERGER: The Frivolous Claim that a Mother Has a Constitutional Right to Make an Adoption Plan
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Smith v. Hayes (PDF)
Putative Father Registry Cases in Ohio
(As of January 1, 2006)
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About Erik Smith
Erik L. Smith is a certified paralegal in Columbus, Ohio and an independent legal researcher for family law and personal injury attorneys. (more)
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