Q: How does this protect an adoptee? - In the adoption of Martindale?
Adoption -- one-year statute of limitations for challenging
adoption decrees statutory -- limit to be strictly applied. --
The Arkansas Revised Uniform Adoption Act contains a one-year
statute of limitations for challenging adoption decrees; the
legislature's one-year rule must be applied strictly in order
to ensure that adoption decrees obtained under the law possess
that necessary and required finality so that an adoptive
parent is not freed of the parental obligations he or she has
willingly undertaken; the policy of stability in a family
relationship outweighs the possible loss to the natural parent
whose rights are cut off even in instances of fraud and
A: This is an Arkansas case and Arkansas law. You could ask an attorney in Arkansas how it affects adoptions within their state (or connected to their state if it is an ICPC adoption). However, in general it does not affect adoptions in Oklahoma, unless Arkansas is where the baby is born, because then the adoption is technically completed in Arkansas.
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