When the birthparent or custodial relative formally changes his or her mind after signing a voluntary consent. How long a person has to change his or her mind after signing CONSENT and under what conditions varies from state to state.
States may allow revocation of consent if proper notice has not been given to involved parties, such as the birthfather. Most states allow for revocation of consent because of fraud or duress on the part of the attorney, agency or adoptive parents.
If proper legal procedures were not followed, revocation of consent may be allowed in many states.
It is important for pregnant women and birthparents considering adoption to understand revocation of consent is not an easy and automatic matter and will usually require the hiring of an attorney. It may also involve a long and expensive court battle.
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