Parental rights can be terminated voluntarily, as is common in adoption cases, or involuntarily, for various reasons. At Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A., we are dedicated to ensuring your interests are protected, whether you are pursuing termination or defending against an involuntary termination action.
Under Minnesota law, the responsible social services agency must ask the county attorney to immediately file a termination of parental rights petition when:
Even if one or more of those criteria are met, the county attorney can forgo filing a termination petition in two circumstances. Those are situations in which the county attorney and the responsible social services agency do one of the following:
A parent’s rights could be terminated if they have been ordered to pay child support and they refuse to do so. An unmarried father who has not established paternity either by admitting being the child’s father, or through a paternity test, and who has abandoned the child can be found to be unfit by the courts and have their parental rights terminated.
Before children are legally free to be adopted, their birth parents’ rights must be terminated. This can be done voluntarily or involuntarily. Under Minnesota law, the grounds for termination of parental rights are:
After the birth parents’ parental rights have been terminated, a child generally becomes available for adoption.
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