DadsDivorce Live: A Father’s Fight To Stop His Child’s Adoption

Christopher Emanuel faced every unmarried father’s worst fear when he nearly lost his daughter to the adoption system despite his wishes. Fortunately, Emanuel was able to regain custody because he registered with South Carolina’s putative-father registry.

Thirty-three states have a putative-father registry, which enables a man to declare himself as the father before his baby is born. Unfortunately, there is very little public awareness about these registries, and if a father fails to sign up, he risks forfeiting his parental rights.

Emanuel, whose plight was recently featured in The Atlantic, joined DadsDivorce Live to share his story and detail the uphill battle many unmarried fathers face when they want to remain involved in their child’s life.

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Shawn Garrison is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell & Cordell UK. He has written countless pieces dealing with the unique child custody and divorce issues that men and fathers face. Through his work on,, and, Mr. Garrison has become an authority on the complexities of the legal experience and was a content creator for the YouTube series “Dad’s Divorce Live” and additional videos on both the Dad’s Divorce and Cordell & Cordell YouTube channels. Mr. Garrison has managed the sites of these customers, and fostered the creation of several of their features, including the Cordell & Cordell attorney and office pages, the Dad’s Divorce Newsletter, and the Cordell & Cordell newsletter.

One comment on “DadsDivorce Live: A Father’s Fight To Stop His Child’s Adoption

    If I was charged for domestic assault simply because my wife went to the local police department and drew out a warrant on me with no physical evidence of harm to her and she said there was none..she said that she was in fear of her life and needed a protection order with no history of this in our marriage how come I was charged but I am the one who has visible marks on my face and the law agreed but she got warrant first so there hand were tied

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