I'll start off saying that I am asking this for someone else.
The situation is this, my friend had a child but was not with the childs biological mother. He married someone else and when the child was 4 months old he gained custody from the biological mother. Around 18 months later due to problems in the relationship him and his wife separated, but this is during the process of his wife adopting the child. The wife calls him and asks that he not say anything about their being separated, because it could interfere with the adoption process. After about a month the wife agrees that my friend can come back into the household, with in two weeks of him coming back the adoption is finalized.
Following the adoption she proceeds to separate their bank accounts and sees to it that my friend has a vehicle of his own, seeing as how they only had one between the two of them, approx. a month and a half after the adoption finalized she filed for divorce and wins custody of the child.
What my friend is needing to know is if this constitutes a fraudulent adoption, because of how close the adoption and divorce were, and the actions she took after the finalizing? And if not why he wouldn't have received custody, being the childs biological parent? And if there would be any chance of regaining custody of the child?
thank you for your time on this matter.