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Can My Parental Rights Be Terminated?

In Child Custody by Carly Baker

A lot of our lives revolve around our children. They represent our plans, our hopes, and the future of our families. In fact, parental rights are a fundamental right that have constitutional magnitude. Unfortunately, these rights are not absolute, and there are ways that a parent can fail a child to an extent that opens their parental rights to limitations and even termination of those rights. Termination of parental rights proceedings are very serious and can result in the permanent severance of the parent-child relationship. Therefore, termination is unusual, and courts treat it as an option of last resort. Who Can Seek Termination of Parental Rights? There are numerous people or entities that can seek termination of a parent’s right. Terminations most commonly occur in the context of child abuse …