All states have laws for terminating parental rights. Once parental rights are terminated, the parent child relationship no longer exists from the legal standpoint.The following articles and resources cover the process of terminating parental rights; reinstatement of parental rights after termination; and related matters.
- Terminating Parental Rights : Sometimes, parents lose the rights to see and parent their child through a legal proceeding called termination of parental rights. Learn about the cases which lead to parental rights termination in this article.
- Reinstatement of Parental Rights After TerminationSome states will allow parental rights to be reinstated under certain circumstances. Learn about how laws vary between the states, and when reinstatement might be allowed.
- Checklist: Grounds for Terminating Parental RightsTerminating parental rights is a very serious matter, and most families meet conditions before the state will consider taking away their children. This checklist contains the most commonly used requirements.
- Child Visitation, Child Custody, and Unmarried FathersGetting to see your child when that child is not legally “yours” can be difficult. This article reviews how to start establishing visitation and custody when you haven’t yet established paternity.