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How Do I Terminate Parental Rights?

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Every parent in a parent-child relationship has certain legal conditions and rights attached to it. Yet there are times when the termination of these rights must be pursued of these for the betterment of their child, most often in the case of adoption. Sadly, there are circumstances where termination of parental rights must be sought because of the neglect of a child or intentional abuse by a parent. It is critical to understand this process and why the right lawyer must be on your side.

New Hampshire Termination of Parental Rights Law

According to New Hampshire state law (see RSA 170-C:1), involuntary termination of parental rights in a parent-child relationship is possible by judicial process. This specific process safeguards the rights and interests of all parties with a vested interest, and when it is in the best interest of the child. It is understood that whenever possible, family life should be strengthened and preserved, and that the parent-child relationship should only be terminated when the adoption of the child may be contemplated.

Filing for Termination of Parental Rights

When filing for termination of parental rights, the petition must include and prove several important pieces of information. Lawyers can assist in identifying and arguing the case if certain factors are indeed present.

Some of the factors include:

  • Parent has abandoned child for a period of 6 months (see RSA 170-C:5)
  • Parent has substantially & continuously neglected to provide subsistence, education, and care.
  • Failed to correct conditions of child neglect or abuse within 12 months of finding (see RSA 169-CD.)
  • Parent is incapable of providing proper parental care due to illness or mental deficiency.

These factors can lead to the termination of parental rights. Other factors that are considered include if a parent knowingly or willfully caused or permitted another party to cause severe sexual, physical, emotional or mental abuse of the child; if a parent, due to a felony offense, is unable to discharge parental responsibilities; if a parent has been convicted of one of the following offenses: murder, manslaughter, attempt, solicitation, conspiracy, felony assault.

Focused Legal Help for Parental Rights Termination

If you are aware of a situation in which an individual’s parental rights must be taken into legal consideration, only a skilled legal team with years of experience can provide quality counsel and focused legal help. Our team at Sekella Law, PLLC has these qualities, and we are one call away from providing you a preliminary case review.

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