Parents’ Rights

Southern Minnesota Parents’ Rights Attorney

Portrait Of Extended Family Group In ParkParents have rights and they have the right to exercise their rights. Just as mothers have rights to their children, fathers do as well. An example of some of the rights that parents have include one or both requesting to establish paternity, the right to request child support from the other parent, and the non-custodial parent has the right to visit their child if the court says they have that right. In most cases they do.

If you wish to exercise your parental rights, you need a Southern Minnesota parents’ rights attorney who can help you take action and make it happen. You love your children, you have rights to them, and you want to make sure you can assert those rights.

Mother & Father Rights

Mothers tend to have custody of the children and there are cases where fathers do too. If a mother finds that her right to have custody of her children is threatened, she can turn to her attorney for help. If the father does gain custody, it is the right of the mother to have visitation with her children. No matter the role the parent plays in the life of the child, they have rights as long as they have not terminated their parental rights or the court hasn’t restricted them in some way, such as when abuse or drug abuse is an issue.

Termination Of Parental Rights

A termination of parental rights means that the parent—child relationship has come to an end. This means that the child can be legally adopted by someone who is not a biological parent. This is a process that is very complex and is an issue that is taken seriously by Minnesota courts. There are two ways in which parental rights can be terminated:

  • Voluntary termination– The parent wants to terminate their parental rights and they provide written consent to do so. This termination is not as simple as it sounds. Even if written consent is provided and both parents are in agreement, the judge still makes the final decision.
  • Involuntary termination– The court will need compelling evidence that there are grounds for the termination of parental rights. The county attorney will typically pursue these matters, facing a significant burden of proof. The issues that may involve involuntary termination may include abandonment, unfit parents, failure to provide parental or financial support, the parent has caused harm to the child. Parents are given every chance to demonstrate that they are fit to raise their children before their parental rights are terminated.

If you need to terminate parental rights or the court has ruled to terminate your parental rights and you wish to fight them, you can with your Southern Minnesota parents’ rights lawyer.

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Parents have specific rights and some have none when they terminate their parental rights. Nonetheless, it is important to understand your rights as a parent, seek them out when you need to, and exercise them. Whether you are a father establishing your rights to your children or a parent terminating your rights, you need an attorney to help you make sure you know your rights. To learn more about how Birkholz Law, LLC can help you, call the Mankato office at 507-387-2100, the St. James office at 507-375-3374, or the Westbrook office at 507-274-6501 for a free consultation.