Termination of parental rights an overlooked family law issue

By |2022-04-04T16:52:55+00:0007 Nov 2014|Categories: Family Law, Adoption, Child Support, Custody, Spousal Support|

Termination of parental rights an overlooked family law issue

In California, family law concerns involve more than divorce, child custody, child support and spousal support. Other family law matters can bring considerable conflicts to families. One of those is the termination of parental rights. Every state, including California, has statutes that govern the termination of parents’ rights to raise their children, and these form the basis of any court decision.

Termination of parental rights is usually involved with adoption or paternity. When a parent’s legal relationship with a child is terminated, the child is legally eligible to be placed for adoption. A termination can be voluntary or involuntary. For example, birth parents can voluntarily give up their rights in order to place their children for adoption.

When parental rights are involuntarily terminated, different factors are considered. The main factor is whether ending the parent-child relationship is in the child’s best interests. There are also specific grounds that can lead to the involuntary termination of parental rights. These include sexual abuse, abuse or neglect, severe or chronic abuse or neglect and child abandonment.

The health condition of parents is also a reason to terminate parental rights. Parents’ long-term illnesses can involuntarily end child-parent relationships, as can any criminal history or alcohol or drug abuse. Parents who fail to maintain contact with their children also can have their rights terminated.

Likewise, the safety and health of children is an important consideration. If a parent lacks the capacity to raise their children well or are considered risks to them, then under family law the courts can step in to protect their children.

Source: Childwelfare.gov, “Grounds for Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights,” Accessed on Oct. 29, 2014

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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