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High-profile child custody case may finally be over

While it’s typically in the best interest of the child for custody arrangements to be settled as quickly and harmoniously as possible, sometimes the process is long and contentious. Some Utah child custody cases can last for years, and place great stress on the children and parents involved. That’s why it’s so important that such family law issues are handled with compassion to minimize anxiety and achieve the appropriate outcome. One incredibly complicated and controversial child custody case has come to an end.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court just recently rescinded orders specifying that a four-year-old girl should remain in the custody of her biological father until further notice. In so doing, the court essentially enforced another custody ruling, which granted custody rights to the child’s adoptive parents. This final decision was four years in the making, and even involved the country’s highest court.

The young girl is now in the custody of her adoptive parents since her biological father was ordered to hand her over. The case, which has made national and international headlines, involves a child that was placed into adoption at birth. She lived with her adoptive parents until the age of two, when custody rights were granted to her biological father because of his Native American heritage. The lengthy and complex custody dispute was heard by the U. S. Supreme Court, and the child’s adoptive parents were once again granted custody. However, the disagreement continued when the biological father asked that Oklahoma make a ruling.

Now that the dispute is settled, the adoptive parents have the right to live with the child as they please. It’s not stated whether or not the little girl’s biological father will have visitation rights or whether the adoptive family will raise her according to Cherokee tradition.


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