Shoddy attorney work at the beginning? Wow, ya think? All the way around. No compassion card can be played there - that's their jobs.
Dusten Brown's JAG attorney clearly didn't uphold his interests. Like filing for adoption of his own child himself, who would know to do that?! That's why we pay lawyers big bucks, right?
But this could have all been avoided. All of the parties involved (including 32 attorneys) need to learn a lesson about honesty and not getting caught up in deceit and strategic legal maneuvering.
- Christinna Maldonado should take responsibility for her own fertility (this is her third unplanned/unwanted pregnancy) and stop messing with the men she makes babies with (she testified in court that she used the same tactic - hiding out and avoiding - with her other children's fathers to keep them from contacting her).
She should also consider why she can be intimate with a man, pledge herself in marriage, trust a guy to be around her existing children, but she doesn't want him to have a baby she doesn't want? That she believes she's doing the "best thing" to pick random strangers out of an adoption broker's files instead of giving the baby to her own father? That's not a heroic caring mother, that's some serious dysfunctional controlling behavior.
- We'll let the Capobiancos put all the blame for game-playing and legal manipulations on their attorneys. 'Cause they are super nice people and well, she's a psychologist, after all. We'll assume they didn't really mean to cheat, but just went along with lawyers' advice. Sure. It wasn't really their idea to delay notifying a biological father of adoption proceedings. Funny how they were so well-prepared and had all the ducks in a row, and filed adoption proceedings in South Carolina three days after the birth while they were still IN Oklahoma, but oops, they forgot to serve Dad the papers until four months later. This couple testified in court that they had prepared for the birth mother to change her mind, but not that Dusten would object. They had been assured that he had no interest.
They didn't think they _had_ to get his permission, did they? Funny how it turns out to be _six months_ from when they entered into contract with Christy for this baby and she signed away her parental rights. It's possible THEY coached her to cease communication with the father. I wonder if they thought that would meet the South Carolina court's six-month criteria for abandonment.
But somebody needs to answer this -
When this father was first notified of the pending adoption of his child by process server, and responded by filing proper and reasonable objection in South Carolina and petition for custody in Oklahoma, exactly how was that wrong of him?
When the Capobiancos were denied their adoption petition, why did they keep a 4-month-old newborn baby who ceased to be an adoption candidate because one parent wanted her? Why did they do that?
They made no attempt to work it out, contact the father personally, return the baby, something, at what I believe to be a critical defining moment that precipitated everything that followed. Instead, their response was to up the ante and hammer away in the legal system. What's the rationale? Did a lawyer reassure them that this guy would cave, given enough pressure?
No doubt there was huge love and affection already, but there's no developed attachment and bond with a newborn.
It's very clear that the Capobiancos themselves made the judgement call that Dusten Brown would be an inferior parent and disenfranchised him, usurped the existing parent-child relationship at that point in time. That was the moment of truth.
And poor unwed mother Christy. All alone in the delivery room with no one except strangers she met the month before. Where is her mother? She has a large extended family of multiple generations. Where are they? She has sisters. But she has no one? Why? Who takes care of her children? Do they have a relationship with their fathers, or is it a problem? Who takes care of the children at night?
I think the attorneys and the media have been very kind not to mount full-scale character assassination on her.
At the end of the day, if Maldonado wanted to exclude Dusten Brown, all she needed to do was simply not identify him. That would have been her easy option to getting around the law. So why didn't she take that shortcut? She created all this drama. Why? There's one simple reason I can think of - welfare. When people apply for public assistance, it's the law that they must name the other parent. Case workers dig deep. They check associations, question landlords, ask neighbors. If there's a dating relationship, they require paternity testing for eligibility.
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