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Terminating Parental Rights of Unknown Fathers: A Guide for Attorneys


Termination of parental rights is complicated. But what do you do when the biological father is unknown? Learn about the basics of termination of parental rights, the duty to identify and notify, notice requirements, the biological father registry, and consents.

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Tana Fye, J.D.

Tana M. Fye is the principal attorney at Fye Law Office, in Holdrege, Nebraska. She practices predominantly in the areas of juvenile law and criminal defense. She graduated from The University of South Dakota School of Law and then clerked for the ten judges of the Second Judicial Circuit of South Dakota after graduation and before starting her own law practice.

In addition to private practice, Tana spent six years as a Deputy Public Defender in Buffalo County, where she had the opportunity to represent adults and juveniles in felony, misdemeanor, juvenile, and mental health board cases. Tana is trained in reflective practice through The Nebraska Center of Reflective Practice, and uses it in her law practice, in addition to facilitating reflective practice groups for attorneys in Buffalo and Furnas Counties.

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