Termination of Parental Rights
When a parent has become a danger to their children, the steps toward terminating parental rights must be taken in order to maintain their safety. When the parent has engaged in actions or behaviors that have led them to fail as a parent in critical ways, the state has the ability to revoke their parental rights.
In North Carolina, the offending actions that put this process into place include:
- Child abuse
- Child neglect
- Abandonment of a child
- Mental or physical incapacity to provide for the child
- Committing one or more specific felonies
- Failure to promote the child’s welfare
- Failure to pay child support for over one year
Termination of parental rights is a serious proceeding with so much at stake. When a parent has demonstrated over time that he or she will not, or cannot provide the appropriate level of support to promote the healthy physical and emotional well-being of a child, it is best for termination of their parental rights to be enacted. Once this order has been entered, the former parent has no legal rights to direct or control the child in any way.
When filing to terminate a parent’s parental rights, the person seeking to terminate the parental rights of another must provide sufficient evidence to support a finding to terminate parental rights. Often, detailed information must be provided to support the petition.
Once the petition is filed, a summons is sent to the child’s parent, a court-appointed guardian, the Department of Social Services or adoption agency, and the child him/herself. The summons includes a notice that an answer must be filed within 30 days.
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