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Terminating Parental Rights

Terminating parental rights is a serious proposition: once they’re terminated, that person is no longer considered their child’s legal parent. This is a difficult situation for both parents and the child. Minnesota has nine situations in which a parent’s rights to their child can be removed for good. Parental rights hinge on: Abandonment: Legally, abandonment Read More

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In Which Cases Will a Court Terminate Parental Rights Without the Parent’s Consent?

In some cases, a court will order an involuntary termination of parental rights. The grounds this type of involuntary termination must include specific circumstances in which a child cannot safely go home because of an imminent risk of harm. While each state has its own specific grounds for these types of circumstances, some of the Read More

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Situations in Which Parental Rights May Be Terminated

All parents are expected to protect their children’s physical and emotional wellbeing. A parent who is incapable of doing so or who poses an active threat to a child’s wellbeing may have his or her parental rights terminated. In general, American courts operate under the philosophy that it is usually in the child’s best interests Read More

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How Do Stepparent Adoptions Differ from Other Minnesota Adoptions?

The regular adoption process in Minnesota involves a home-study to make sure that the adopting parents can provide a safe and appropriate home for the child. These adoptions are typically completed with the help of an agency, unless the parties involved already know each other. In stepparent adoptions, the home-study can be waived by the Read More

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The Termination of Parental Rights

To have a child is one of life’s greatest joys. The view of what is considered the traditional family is ever changing as parents drift in and out of their children’s lives. Because of the emotional harm this may cause, one parent may seek to have the other parent’s parental rights terminated. In other instances, Read More

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