Grounds for Terminating Parental Rights in Utah

Utah Family Law Attorney

When individuals become parents, biological or adoptive, they possess automatic rights to the care and responsibility of their children. When a parent fails to provide their child with the proper care, termination of their rights can be taken into action. There are several reasons for a legitimate termination of parental rights within family law. The circumstances listed below may provide legitimate grounds for terminating the rights of a parent.

  • Parental disinterest or abandonment
  • Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Alcohol or drug addiction/abuse
  • Conviction for felony
  • Sexual abuse
  • Inability to provide support
  • Felony assault of child or sibling
  • Murder/manslaughter of sibling
  • Failure of reasonable efforts

There are some circumstances that are not considered not to be legitimate cause of terminating parental rights. These kinds of circumstances include the failure to establish the paternity of a child and the care of a child for less than 22 months.

Before termination takes place the child or children will be taken out of the home and guardianship of the incompetent parent. During this time the parent or parents are required to make adjustments to the conditions that will lead to the termination of their parental rights. Failure to meet these parental adjustments within a reasonable amount of time will ultimately lead to the termination of parental rights.

Protect Your Parental Rights By Calling Salcido Law Firm

If you are currently in risk of losing your parental rights a Utah family law attorney can help to keep that from happening. Attorneys at Salcido Law Firm understand the legitimate grounds for termination and how to keep those grounds from separating you from your children. Let a Salcido Law Firm attorney fight for your parental rights. Call 801.618.1331 to speak with one of our family law attorneys and to schedule a free consultation where you can learn what actions can be taken for you to meet your family goals.

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