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Cases of Interest: Adoption
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MASSACHUSETTS: White v. Laingor, No. SJC-08329 (Mass. Sup. Jud. Ct. Apr. 27, 2001).
Mother appealed enforcement of an agreement in which she agreed to accept a reduced lump-sum payment for child support arrearages in exchange for the father's consent to the adoption of children by her new hus-band even though the adoption did not occur.
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PENNSYLVANIA: Zernhelt v. Lehigh County Office of Children & Youth Services, ___ Pa. Commw. ___, 659 A.2d 89 (1995).
In 1974, the husband and wife sought the services of the Office of Children and Youth Services of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania (CYS). The husband and wife desired to adopt a child. CYS extensively examined the husband and wife and recommended that the husband and wife adopt a child named David.
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SOUTH DAKOTA: E.H. V. M.H., 512 N.W.2d 148 (S.D. 1994).
The stepfather married the mother in 1984. The mother had two children from a prior marriage. The stepfather assumed the paternal role. Additionally, the parties listed the children as dependents on their joint income tax returns, and the children's surname was legally changed to that of the stepfather.
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