Terminating Parental Rights

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When Can Parental Rights Be Terminated?

Parental rights can be terminated by court order for the protection of the child or by consent of the parents. Terminating parental rights is generally used to remove a child from a destructive or unhealthy environment or as a precursor to adoption. It terminates all rights and obligations of the parent with respect to the child.

What Are Reasons for Terminating Parental Rights?

Generally, courts will terminate parental rights in the best interests of the child. This includes anytime there is danger to a child's physical, mental, moral, or emotional health.  

Common grounds for terminating parental rights include:

Examples of insufficient grounds for terminating parental rights include:

Do I Need an Attorney to Terminate Parental Rights?

The task of terminating parental rights can be complex and emotional. A family law attorney can help you through the process and help protect children in need.

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Last Modified: 01-31-2014 03:10 PM PST

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