Termination of Parental Rights Law in Utah
The termination of parental rights means a biological parent ceases to have the rights (custody or visitation) and responsibilities (support obligations) as a parent of the child. Any “interested party” can file a petition requesting this termination of rights, which can occur voluntarily or involuntarily. Often this proceeding occurs in conjunction with a step- or foster parent adoption.
In Utah, usually you must show that the parent is (1) unfit or has abandoned the child, and (2) that it is in the best interest of the child to have the parent’s rights terminated.
Because the rights of a parent are strongly protected, the court must follow statutory procedure and make specific findings to terminate parental rights. Though it is a challenging procedure that the court does not take lightly, the attorneys at Utah Divorce Firm can give you the best opportunity to obtain a termination of parental rights by guiding you through this process.
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Hiring a family law attorney gives you the best chance to protect or terminate parental rights. If you are considering terminating someone’s parental rights or have been served with a petition to terminate your parental rights, please call Utah Divorce Firm today at (801) 424-5280 and let us be your zealous advocates through this tough time.