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What is the Termination of Parental Rights?

Termination of parental rights can come up in many different components of family law matters. First of all, the county may seek an involuntary termination of parental rights. In this case, the county should be responsible for retaining and appointing an attorney to represent the biological parent who's being subjected to the termination of parental rights. Another time when termination of parental rights may come up in a conversation with a client dealing with a family law matter is that one spouse may suggest that they terminate their parental rights in order to avoid paying child support. First of all, parents should know that termination of parental rights is not a consideration to take lightly. If the court grants the termination of parental rights, that legal relationship with the child is forever terminated. The court nor the parents can make any promises to the parent with terminated parental rights that they will have any access to the child thereafter. 

Another consideration for parents contemplating termination of parental rights is the implication to the child. Just so you know, it is very unlikely that the court is going to allow one parent to terminate their parental rights unless there is another adult that is prepared to step up and adopt that child.

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