In re Adoption of Z.N.F.Annotate this Case
Mother and Father divorced in Oregon in 2008, and the Oregon court granted Mother sole legal and physical custody of the parties' child. Although Father was granted supervised visitation at least once a month, Father visited the child on two occasions only. Father also failed in general to pay child support. Mother later moved to South Dakota and eventually married Stepfather. Mother and Stepfather subsequently initiated proceedings for adoption of the child. The trial court waived Father's consent to the adoption, terminated his parental rights, and entered the order for adoption. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the trial court did not err in waiving Father's consent to the adoption and in determining that it was in the best interest of the child to grant the stepparent adoption.