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Grounds to terminate parental rights, pt. 2

The state can enter into a family and terminate parental rights over children. This is reserved only for the most extreme circumstances and only done when it is in the best interests of the child. The law generally presumes that it is in the best interest of the child to be raised by his or her own parents therefore it is up to the parent's to demonstrate that they lack the ability to raise their children.

State Department tips to prevent child abduction

Child abduction brings to mind images of scary men dressed in black with masks. The reality is that many abductions are perpetrated by people the child knows, like friends or parents. International child abduction by a parent occurs at a sufficient frequency that the State Department issued tips on how to identify and prevent it. This article will go over some of those tips and the steps you can take to reduce the risk.

Grounds to terminate parental rights pt. 1

The idea of the "state" swooping in and taking away a child is a parent's nightmare. The termination of parental rights is the most powerful tool that the government possesses to protect children. It is an extreme solution that is only used in the gravest of circumstances (or in adoption cases).

Can your parental rights be terminated?

While it is possible to have your parental rights terminated, it is not easy for either the state or the other parent to have this done. The law generally presumes that it is in the best interests of the child to have both parents involved in child rearing, and this is why joint custody is usually awarded. However, in some extreme circumstances, the court could terminate your parental rights. Your parental rights can be terminated in any number of different scenarios, but they typically fall into three categories:

  • The parent is abusive.
  • The parent is absent or inactive in raising the child.
  • The parent lacks the capacity to competently raise the child.

What is artificial insemination and how does it work legally?

There are two ways to artificially inseminate a mother. One method, actually referred to as "artificial insemination," involves a doctor taking sperm from either the father or a donor and placing it within the mother. The other method, and sometimes harder to accomplish, is in vitro fertilization. This method is very similar to artificial insemination, except that the doctor will inseminate the eggs outside of the mother. The doctor can use either donor sperm or donor eggs. The doctor then places the eggs into the mother.

Gatekeeper parents may attempt to violate visitation rights

As many divorced parents can attest, maintaining a good relationship with your children can be challenging if you do not have physical custody. The fact is, the conditions of your child custody agreement may place limitations on how much time you can spend with your children. And of course meshing you schedule with the visitation schedule can also be very difficult.

Some custody issues can be settled through emancipation

It's not unusual for teenagers to long for freedom from adult interference. In most families all that's required is the passage of time and teens will remain in the custody of their legal guardians until reaching the legal age of adulthood. However, there are certain circumstances where it would be best for a teen to be solely accountable for his or her own care.

Deion Sanders and ex-wife once again battle for child custody

Child custody is a serious issue when two parents cannot agree on an arrangement. For months, they may go back and forth on what they think should be done or what is the best arrangement for them and the child, but in the end, they may let the courts decide for them. Some couples may think that figuring it out for themselves is the easiest thing to do, but other parents may like the possibility of the courts deciding in their favor after all the facts are examined.

A visitation attorney can help you get time with your child

Parents who are not in a relationship or married can often disagree on how to handle issues regarding their child. What one may feel is a smart, fair decision, the other may dispute. When people are angry, there is no way of knowing how they may react or what they will do in retaliation. Since parents can get emotional during a disagreement over their children, it is not uncommon for one or both to take their dispute to court.

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