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Is there a way to volentarily terminate my parental rights

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Is there a way to volentarily terminate my parental rights?
For what purpose would parental rights be terminated?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
the child in this matter has lived with her grandma for 10 years and although a custody and visitaion has been set in place granting the grandmother custody and my self visitaion of up to 9 weeks in the summer, as agreed upon, the grandmother has NOT complied with visitaion order and the child who is 12 years of age( 13 in october) has stated very clearly that she NO longer wishes to have any contact with myself.

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Courts only terminate parental rights/responsibilities when doing so is in the best interests of the child. Typically, that only applies to adoptions, regardless of the visitation situation. Even if a parent is not getting to visit a child, courts usually find that keeping someone on the hook to support the child is in the best interests of the child.

That said, if a visitation order is in place and the custodial party isn't complying with the order, a noncustodial may file a motion for contempt. The court can then sanction the custodial party for failure to comply with the court order. Further, a custodial party's interference with the relationship of a noncustodial parent can factor into a court's decision if the noncustodial petitions to modify custody and visitation.

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