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Why parental rights may be terminated

To some Kentucky parents, losing their parental rights may come as a relief. For others, it may come as a warning to do better to provide for their children. In some cases, a termination is voluntary and may be the precursor to an adoption. There are many different reasons why a parent may lose rights to his or her child. For instance, a child may be taken out of a home because of chronic physical abuse.

Parental rights may also be terminated if it is discovered that a child is being sexually or mentally abused. Children may also be removed from their home if they are being denied food, clothing or shelter. It is possible that a child may be removed if a sibling or another child is being abused or neglected by a parent.

Before a parent loses these rights, he or she may be given a chance to fix any issues that may put the child in danger. However, if rehab fails or a parent refuses to follow a court-ordered plan, a child may be taken away. Children can also be taken from their parents if they are asked to commit a crime or if a newborn is addicted to drugs or alcohol.

The law generally recognizes that both parents should be a part of a child's life. Therefore, parenting time may be granted to an individual even if he or she has a history or drug or alcohol abuse or other issues that need to be dealt with. Parents who want sole physical custody may find it advisable to meet with an attorney to discuss their situation.

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