Are There Reasonable Grounds to Terminate Parental Rights

Terminate Parental Rights

If you have questions about terminating parental rights, contact Hope today.

At the Law Office of Hope E. Fruchtman, we understand that in most cases, it is in the best interests of children and parents alike for the children to have regular access to both parents. After a divorce in most instances, both parents should be able to raise their children and make parenting decisions. This can help create lifelong bonds and aid in the emotional development and security of the child. However, there are always exceptions. In some cases, it may be better for the child not to have access to one or both parents. It might instead be safer physically and emotionally to limit the child’s contact with the parent in question.

In these cases, it may be best to terminate the parental rights, which removes the parent’s legal right to visit, contact or raise the child. Reasons for termination may include the following:

• Physical or sexual abuse
• Extreme emotional abuse or abandonment
• Willful refusal to support the child
• Alcohol or drug abuse, for which the parent has failed to get help
• Mental illness
• Refusing to see or contact the child

It can be emotionally devastating to a child to feel neglected or ignored by a parent, so how does terminating a parent’s rights do any good? For one thing, it protects the child from contact with an abusive parent. It may open the door for the child to be adopted by a more caring parental figure, such as a step-parent or foster parents. It may also give custodial grandparents better rights over raising and protecting their grandchildren.

The termination of parental rights is a sensitive issue that needs careful consideration, as well as sound legal counsel. If you believe you have a case for terminating the parental rights for a vulnerable child, contact our law offices today to talk about your options.