Law Office of Kevin L. Beard, P.A.

Terminating the parental rights of a deadbeat parent

There are a variety of reasons why you might want to terminate the parental rights of the other parent of your child -- especially if he or she is a deadbeat. Maybe you want to move to another state for a job opportunity or a better life, but the other parent won't give permission. Maybe you want your new husband or wife to adopt your child and the other parent protests. Finally, maybe you want to protect your children from a potentially dangerous mother or father.

In most cases, Maryland courts will strive to preserve the child's relationship with the other parent, but if he or she poses a serious risk to the well-being of the children, the court may grant your request take away parental rights for the following reasons:

  • The other parent has committed severe and chronic abuse against family members.
  • The other parent has committed sexual abuse.
  • The other parent has abandoned the child, failed to pay child support and shown extreme disinterest in having a relationship with the child.
  • The parent has a history of long-term mental illness.
  • The parent has a history of long-term alcohol- or drug-caused incapacity.
  • Imprisonment that requires the child to go to foster care.

In many cases, Maryland courts prefer to award supervised visitation to a potentially dangerous parent instead of completely stripping one of his or her parental rights. Regardless of the situation, you may have various legal options at your disposal to protect your children while increasing your custodial rights over the children involved in the dispute.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

What Our Clients' Say

  • "From the very first time I met with Kevin, I felt that I had someone on my side that would fight for my daughter – just as hard as I would."

    – Kim H.
Read More
  • American Bar Association | Defending Liberty Pursuing Justice
  • Baltimore County Bar America 1921
  • Maryland Association for Justice
  • MSBA
Email Us For A Response

Contact The Law Office Of Kevin L. Beard, P.A. If you have a legal need, contact our firm. Initial consultations are free. We are happy to schedule evening and weekend appointments by request.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Law Office of Kevin L. Beard, P.A.
614 Old Edmondson Ave, Suite 101
Catonsville, MD 21228

Catonsville Law Office Map

Phone 410-929-7197
Toll Free 888-366-6439
Fax 410-744-3373