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WVC 48 - 22 - 302 §48-22-302. Timing and execution of consent or relinquishment.
(a) No consent or relinquishment may be executed before the expiration of seventy-two hours after the birth of the child to be adopted.

(b) A consent or relinquishment executed by a parent or guardian as required by the provisions of section 22-301 must be signed and acknowledged in the presence of one of the following:

(1) A judge of a court of record;

(2) A person whom a judge of a court of record designates to take consents or relinquishments;

(3) A notary public;

(4) A commissioned officer on active duty in the military service of the United States, if the person executing the consent or relinquishment is in military service; or

(5) An officer of the foreign service or a consular officer of the United States in another country, if the person executing the consent or relinquishment is in that country.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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