In the state of Georgia, a parent may see their rights to their child revoked if it is determined that they are incapable of caring for their offspring and/or pose a threat to the child’s safety. It should be noted, however, that the termination of parental rights is an extremely sensitive issue and the Juvenile Court, which presides over such matters, is generally reluctant to remove a child from the care of its parent or parents. For this reason, the Court will only entertain a petition for the termination of parental rights if it has been filed by somebody who has in-depth knowledge of the relationship between the parent and child in question, which is usually interpreted as an immediate family member. Furthermore, any petition for the termination of parental rights should be endorsed by the child if possible, so those seeking to begin the process of revoking a party’s parental rights should be certain that the juvenile is willing to corroborate their report and perhaps provide further evidence of the parent’s ineptitude.
A termination of parental rights is not enacted without much deliberation by the Court and so anyone considering pursuing a petition for termination should obtain specialized legal assistance. The Law Firm of Caryn S. Fennell is always willing to aid in the crafting of a petition for the termination of parental rights, providing the party seeking help has reason to believe the subject’s ability to raise their child has been affected by one of several factors recognized by the Court as grounds for action. These include:
If the Court can be convinced beyond reasonable doubt that a child has been abused by a parent, be it emotionally, physically, or sexually, it is almost a certainty that your petition for the termination of parental rights will be approved. This will spawn a number of trials and hearings pertaining to the crime itself and you will likely be called upon to recount your testimony and provide further evidence against the parent.
If a parent suffers from an addiction to drugs or alcohol (or any substance which impedes their parenting abilities) it is possible that their rights to their child will be terminated. However, the termination of parental rights is viewed as a particularly extreme measure in such cases and will only be executed if the parent has shown that they are incapable of pulling themselves from the clutches of addiction. Avenues such as rehabilitation should be explored before the parent sees their rights to their child severed. On occasion, a parent may have their parental rights temporarily revoked until they complete treatment for addiction.
Failure to support
A parent is at risk of seeing their rights to their child terminated if they have continuously failed to support them. The concept of failing to provide support can be interpreted in a number of ways and so is something of a gray area when it comes to the possibility of terminating parental rights. However, it is generally recognized as the refusal or inability to pay court-ordered child support.
A final word
Georgia law treats the termination of parental rights very seriously, as do we at The Law Firm of Caryn S. Fennell. If you require assistance in the preparation of a petition for the termination of parental rights, we will do everything in our power to help if we believe your case to be legitimate. Similarly, if you feel you have been the victim of an unfounded petition against you, our attorneys will work tirelessly to ensure the case is dismissed and your reputation restored.