Termination of Parental Rights in Pennsylvania2

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In conjunction with the child’s mother, he’ll sign a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity (VAP) form at the hospital. This process is a voluntary determination of paternity. It doesn’t require court summons or genetic testing. Besides having the father’s name on the birth certificate, there are reasons why it is essential to determine paternity. Some reasons include:


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Termination of Parental Rights in Pennsylvania The termination of parental rights is necessary when a parent can no longer care for a child. Termination severs all ties between the child and biological parent as though the child was never born to the parent. The issue of parental rights termination often arises in adoptions but can occur for other reasons. The two ways to terminate parental rights are voluntarily and involuntarily. You can consult family lawyers Norristown PA if you need clarification about your parental rights over a child. Voluntary Termination of Parental Rights Voluntary termination is usually the choice of parents who aren’t involved in a child’s life. They can willingly terminate their parental rights when there’s

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someone available to adopt the child. Unless an adoption is in motion it may be difficult for biological parents to terminate parental rights over their child. The law recognizes that children have a right to have a relationship with their parents. So the court typically approves voluntary terminations if the child will be with a new parent. However the court does make an exception if the child is transitioning into the custody of an adoption agency. The biological parent must provide official consent and attend a court hearing some weeks after. The court will determine if the consent was deliberate and not under duress before arriving at a final decision. Parental rights termination is permanent and the biological parents wouldn’t be able to visit or make decisions for the child. Voluntary terminations often involve both biological and adoptive parents working with the adoption agency. However due to the complex legal nature of the process it’s also best to work with family lawyers in Norristown PA. Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights Involuntary termination can occur when a parent files a petition to terminate another parent’s right over the child. The state can also file a petition to terminate the parental rights of one or both parents. Under Pennsylvania law there are 11 grounds for involuntary termination of parental rights and they include:  Failure to provide parental duties for at least six months before filing a petition  Acts of repeated incapacity neglect abuse or refusal of a parent causing a child to live without essential care for his physical and mental well-being.  A parent is presumed but not the biological father  An agency finds a child but the parents don’t claim that child after three months  The court removes the child from the parent due to certain conducts and the cause of removal still exists after six or more months  A parent neglects a newborn after being aware of the child’s birth  The child was born due to rape or incest

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 The court removes the child from the parent for 12 or more months and the parent refuses to correct the cause of removal  The parent has a record of criminal homicide aggravated assault or an attempt of such crimes in which the victim the parent’s child  Parent’s history of sexual abuse on one of his children  The parent is a registered sex offender in Pennsylvania The process for involuntary termination is stricter and more complex than that of voluntary termination. After receiving a petition the court has to weigh several factors that may affect the child before reaching a decision. Conclusion You may have several questions if you’re currently going through a case involving termination of parental rights. It’s also not advisable to navigate lawsuits yourself. You can seek legal counsel from family lawyers in Norristown PA. Call Us: 610-892-3877 Email Us: infolamonacalaw.com Get Touch with Us: Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | YouTube