Child custody is about more than who will watch your child if you divorce, where visitation will take place or who will make the decisions that impact your child. In some cases, child custody is determined by a mother without the input of the father; for some time, any woman could travel to Utah to put her child up for adoption without permission from the father.
In Massachusetts, you would be able to leave the state, head to Utah and give birth or simply put your child up for adoption without the permission of his or her father. Utah's governor has had enough of the adoption scheme, and now single mothers, those divorced during pregnancy or later, can no longer put children up for adoption in Utah without first notifying the children's father. Prior to this new bill, critics of the past system said it was too easy for a child to be kidnapped or for a woman to commit fraud.