Termination of Parental Rights in NC
A parent's rights may be terminated for abuse, neglect, abandonment, failure to pay child support, and other reasons.
Grounds for termination of parental rights
A North Carolina court can terminate the rights of a parent for:
Who may terminate a parent's rights
Either parent may seek to terminate the other parent's rights. A guardian judicially appointed for the child, a person who has filed a petition to adopt the minor child, and anyone with whom the child has continuously lived for two or more years may also petition for the termination of parental rights.
If the person who petitions for termination of a parent's rights, proves there are grounds for the termination, the court must consider whether such termination is in the best interests of the minor child. In making this determination, the court must consider:
A parent who is a respondent in these proceedings has a right to court appointed counsel.
Effect of termination of parental rights
An order terminating the parental rights completely and permanently terminates all rights and obligations of the parent to the juvenile and of the juvenile to the parent arising from the parental relationship, except that the juvenile's right of inheritance from the juvenile's parent shall not terminate until a final order of adoption is issued.
N.C. Gen. Stat. §7B-1100 sets forth NC Legislative Intent on the Termination of Parental Rights
N.C. Gen. Stat. §7B-1104 sets forth the requirements for a Petition to Terminate Parental Rights
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