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Termination of Parental Rights

Termination of Parental Rights is an area of law which arises in both Juvenile Court dependency proceedings and Superior Court adoption proceedings. Georgia law provides specific conditions and procedures under which a mother or father’s parental rights to their child may be terminated on a final basis. Some circumstances which may give rise to the termination of parental rights include the written consent of the parent to the termination, the willful non-compliance of a parent with a court order to support the child for a period of twelve months or longer, the abandonment of the child by the parent, a Court determination of parental misconduct or inability, or a Court finding that the parent has subjected his or her child to aggravated circumstances.

Generally, a termination hearing in either Juvenile Court or Superior Court considers the welfare of the minor child as a major concern, while also giving due regard to the rights of the parent or parents. A consideration of the welfare and best interest of the child includes careful consideration the physical, mental, emotional, and moral condition and needs of the child, including the need for a secure and stable home. Our attorneys are well versed in the law regarding termination of parental rights, and are prepared to assist our clients with the variety of situations which may involve these proceedings.

When situations deteriorate to the point where the child’s well-being is threatened, let the experienced divorce lawyers at Thompson, Meier & King help you understand the process for terminating parental rights. Contact us at either of our Canton or Blue Ridge offices, providing family law services to all of North Georgia.

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