On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Family Law on Wednesday, July 18, 2012.
Each year, residents of the United States pursue international adoptions in an effort to fulfill their desire to be parents. These family law matters are usually joyous occasions where new families are formed. While as is the case in any family situation, issues can arise, they are usually dealt with and the family unit moves forward.
Readers may remember a sad example of a failed adoption from a couple of years ago. The story made headlines in 2010 when an American woman returned a 7-year-old boy to Russian after earlier adopting him. She sent him back to the country of his birth, without providing notice to anyone there. When he arrived, unannounced at Russia’s child protection ministry, authorities found a letter from the woman requesting that the adoption be annulled. She claimed the young child was “mentally unstable.”
The incident prompted an investigation and eventually legal action against the woman. In addition to being sued for breach of contract, she was also sued for child support. Earlier this year a court determined that legally, she was in fact still the boy’s mother. Accordingly, it was determined that she needed to pay $150,000 in child support. It is unclear how that dollar amount was reached.
Since being sent back, the boy has been residing just outside of Moscow, in a group care facility. What his future holds remains to be seen.
The attorney for the boy’s legal mother has indicated that they will likely seek to have the child support order either terminated or modified.
Source: CNN, “Woman who returned Russian boy must pay child support,” Martin Savidge July 14, 2012