Termination of parental rights is a court order severing the rights, powers, privileges, immunities, duties, and obligations between a parent and child. This termination may be voluntary or involuntary and can sever the rights of one parent without affecting the rights of another. The laws concerning the termination of parental rights in Florida are found in the Florida Statutes chapter 39. Specifically, Florida Statute 39.806 lists non-exclusive grounds for termination of parental rights:
- Abandonment or Extreme Parent Disinterest
- Incarceration of Parent/Felony Conviction
- Sexual Abuse
- Child Judged in Need of Services/Dependent
- Extreme Alcohol or Drug use by Parent
- Felony assault of child or sibling
- Murder/Manslaughter of sibling child
The petition for termination of parental rights may be filed by one of the child’s parents, the guardian ad litem or any other person who has knowledge of the facts alleged against the parent(s) or is informed of them and believes that they are true. It is up to the judge to ultimately determine whether severing parental rights would be in the best interest of the child
(ren). Once the judge hands down his or her decision, a parent or guardian may attempt to get their rights back through the standard appellate process -though it is VERY difficult to have parental rights restored.Before you click accept
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