Terminating Parental Rights

When It's The Right Thing To do

voluntary or involuntary

Just because someone can create a child does not always mean that they are fit to raise them. Those who feel they are unwilling or unable to raise their children have options when it comes to terminating parental rights. In certain situations, if the courts feel it is in the best interest of the child, they may involuntarily terminate the rights of one or both parents. Parents must meet the medical care, religious training, education, and upbringing standards to keep parental rights. They must also provide shelter, clothing, and food.

reasons for termination

The Child's Safety

If one parent is negligent, absent, or abusive when it comes to the child, the other parent can begin a case to terminate the rights of that parent. This is best done with the help of a family law attorney who specializes in these types of cases. Protecting the child is of the utmost importance if violence is in the home or if one parent is concerned about the safety of the child when the other parent is with them.

Child Negligence

The law identifies conduct that warrants parental rights being terminated. Those include, but are not limited to, leaving the child with a non-parent with no intent to return, endangering the emotional or physical well-being of the child, failure to provide medical support and care for the pregnant mother and child, and even knowing about the pregnancy and giving the baby an addiction to drugs or alcohol by using them when the child is in the womb.

Parent's Mental Capacity

Parental rights are terminated by a judge only when it is in the child’s best interest after learning that one or both parents are unable or unfit to raise the child. The court may consider what the child wants, the physical and emotional needs of the child, dangers to the child in their living environment, the future for the child, the stability of the home, and any mental illness that either parent suffers from.

Completing A Termination

When it has been determined that one of the parents is unable or unfit to raise a child properly, and a decision has been made, a family law attorney can help start the procedure to terminate the rights of the that parent. The questionable parent will be served with legal papers and a hearing will be scheduled to determine the outcome. If there are no fit parents to take the child, adoption and terminating parental rights can be coordinated together to find a suitable and permanent guardian.