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    Taz93 Guest

    Forfeit of Parental Rights

    What is the name of your state?
    Massachusetts

    Can anyone tell me the advantages and disadvantages of relinquinshing all parental rights to his/her children?
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    Re: Forfeit of Parental Rights

    Originally posted by Taz93
    What is the name of your state?
    Massachusetts

    Can anyone tell me the advantages and disadvantages of relinquinshing all parental rights to his/her children?

    I can't believe someone actually asked this question! Would you like law recited on the disadvantages/advantages to relinquishing your rights? Or do you want personal experience?

    Hmm...let me see

    advantages: no dirty diapers? no 3 am feedings? those of course would only apply to infants and really aren't bad things in the first place

    disadvantages: paying support for a child no longer yours
    having your child resent you
    havine someone out there know who you are and that you want nothing to do with them.

    I could go on and on but I think you get the point!
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    Taz93 Guest
    Just the law for Massachusetts is necessary to this question...
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    frusteratedgf Guest
    Be more specific....Whats the situation?
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    Taz

    There is no "law" that lists the advantages and disadvantages of relinquishing parental rights. Not in Massachusetts, not in any state. The "law" just gives you the reasons it can be relinquished, and how. Not opinions. What you asked for was an opinion in your first post.....
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    Taz93 Guest
    Ok...what is the law regarding relinquishing of parental rights?
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    [url]http://www.calib.com/nccanch/pubs/stats01/termin/ma.cfm[/url]

    [url]http://www.deltabravo.net/cgi-bin/termination.cgi?state=ma[/url]
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    frusteratedgf Guest
    Originally posted by Taz93
    Ok...what is the law regarding relinquishing of parental rights?
    I found this at [url]http://www.msbar.org/Law_You_Can_Use/Child_Custody/Terminating_Rights.htm[/url]

    In extreme cases, the court can terminate the rights of a parent, legally severing the relationship. The seriousness of such an action demands clear and convincing evidence that it is in the best interest of the child.

    To terminate parental rights, a person, agency or institution must file a request in the chancery court of the county where the child lives. The mother, legal father and biological father become parties in the action, and the court appoints a guardian to oversee the child's interests temporarily.

    Several different grounds exist for such action, including repeated abusive acts by the parent or a parent's abandonment of a child under the age of three for six months or over age three for one year.

    Another scenario is when an agency has custody of a child for at least one year and tries to place the child back in the home. If the parents do not visit the child during that time or fail to fulfill their responsibilities, the agency may file for parental rights termination.

    A parent's long-standing addiction to drugs or alcohol, mental illness, and severe physical disabilities that prevent fulfillment of parental duties are grounds for termination.

    The court will consider such action if the parent-child relationship has largely disintegrated because of the child's apathy toward the parent or the parent's attitude or conduct toward the child, including abuse or abandonment.

    Several different criminal offenses by a parent against the child can lead to termination of parental rights. These crimes include rape, sexual battery, touching a child for lustful purposes, exploitation of a child, felonious abuse or battery of a child, and carnal knowledge of a step- or adopted child or child of a cohabitating partner.

    Terminating parental rights is the most extreme action a court can take. If the court believes contact between parent and child should continue, if only minimally, it can appoint legal custody or guardianship of the child to a third party.

    However, if the evidence convinces the judge to terminate parental rights, that relationship is legally severed. The parent no longer has rights concerning the child, and the child is no longer the parent's legal heir. This action, however, does not affect the parental rights of the other parent.

    Following the ruling, the judge places the child in the custody of an appropriate person, agency, or institution.

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