2011 California Code
DIVISION 12. PARENT AND CHILD RELATIONSHIP [7500 - 7961]
CHAPTER 5. Termination of Parental Rights in Adoption Proceedings
(a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), notice of the proceeding shall be given to every person identified as the natural father or a possible natural father in accordance with the Code of Civil Procedure for the service of process in a civil action in this state at least 10 days before the date of the proceeding, except that publication or posting of the notice of the proceeding is not required. Proof of giving the notice shall be filed with the court before the petition is heard.
(b) Notice to a man identified as or alleged to be the natural father shall not be required, and the court shall issue an order dispensing with notice to him, under any of the following circumstances:
(1) The man s relationship to the child has been previously terminated or determined not to exist by a court.
(2) The alleged or presumed natural father has executed a written form to waive notice, deny his paternity, relinquish the child for adoption, or consent to the adoption of the child.
(3) The whereabouts or identity of the alleged natural father are unknown or cannot be ascertained.
(4) The alleged father has been served with written notice of his alleged paternity and the proposed adoption, and he has failed to bring an action pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 7630 within 30 days of service of the notice or the birth of the child, whichever is later.
(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 462, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2012.)
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