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Family court attorneys refer to the termination of parental rights as the “death penalty” of civil court. No legal action is more stressful or emotional for the parent.
In South Carolina, termination of parental rights is not taken lightly. Most social work agencies and family courts agree that children generally have the best outcomes when they are raised by their biological parents and severing the parent-child relationship should be done only when the state determines that the child’s welfare is clearly at risk.
When it is determined that the parent’s home is not suitable for the child, social workers and the court will generally try to persuade the parent to relinquish their parental rights so the child can be adopted.
But, sometimes, it is necessary to terminate parental rights involuntarily.
If you are facing a termination action, or if you are trying to terminate someone else’s parental rights, your SC family law attorney on the Axelrod team can help you navigate this complex legal territory.
An adoption cannot happen until the biological parents’ rights are terminated.
When you adopt a child, you take on all the rights and responsibilities of being that child’s parent. Those rights and responsibilities cannot be transferred from the biological parent until their role as parent has been legally terminated.
Once parental rights are terminated, it’s final. This provides stability, finality, and protects the child and the adoptive parents from having their lives disrupted if the biological parents change their mind.
The grounds on which a court may decide to terminate parental rights involuntarily include:
Courts rarely terminate parental rights unless there is a plan for adoption, but it can happen when the parent has done something egregious or the court determines that the child is in imminent danger.
Your Myrtle Beach family law attorney at Axelrod and Associates can help you to decide whether termination of a parent’s rights is necessary and we can help to complete your adoption proceedings. We also help clients who are fighting an unjust termination of parental rights, and we understand the irreversible effect that TPR has on a parent and child’s lives.
If you are considering adoption, or if you are facing a termination of parental rights, we want to help. Call Axelrod and Associates today at 843-916-9300 or fill out our contact form to set up a consultation.
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