What Does It Mean To Terminate Parental Rights?

When you and your partner have decided it is time to get a divorce, and children are involved, you should seek out quality representation right away. At Simonetti & Associates, we’ve been helping clients reach optimal outcomes in their divorce cases for many years. Our Smithtown Family Esq knows exactly what needs to go into securing custody rights as a parent. We can also help to have these rights terminated should your ex-spouse prove to be unfit to care for your child.

What Are Parental Rights?

In cases of divorce where children are involved, the judge will decide upon how custody is determined. Each case is different, meaning no one outcome is like the next. Judges will make their decisions based on the best interests of the child and can award parents with either sole or joint custody. If you are awarded sole custody, it means you have total rights to the child. In instances like this, our ex-spouse may be granted visitation rights so they can still have a relationship with the child. In joint custody, both parents have rights to their children. For example, your child may live with you during the week, and with your ex-spouse on the weekends. You can trust that our Smithtown family Esq will do everything in their power to help you achieve the optimal outcome.

Can Parental Rights Be Terminated?

As a parent, you have a legal responsibility to provide your child with care and a healthy environment for growth. Just because someone was awarded parent rights at the time of the divorce, it doesn’t mean they can’t be terminated. If you believe your child is unsafe with your ex-spouse, our Smithtown family Esq can work with the court to have their parental rights terminated. Circumstances that can lead to this taking place include:

  • Severe or chronic abuse/neglect
  • Abandonment
  • Sexual abuse
  • Substance abuse issues
  • Failure to support or maintain contact with the child  

Best Interest Of The Child

As previously stated, all decisions regarding the custody of a child will be based on what the court believes to be their best interest. At Simonetti & Associates, we know how grueling of a process this can be for parents going through a divorce. That is why we pledge to make this process as easy as possible. Our Smithtown family Esq will gather all pertinent evidence and create a case that when presented to the judge, results in your child’s care being secured.

Contact Our Smithtown Family Esq

Divorce on its own can be brutal to deal with. Adding children into the mix can push this to new levels of extreme. We want nothing more than to keep your child protected. If you believe parental rights need to be terminated, don’t hesitate to contact our Smithtown family Esq today.

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