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What constitutes a need to terminate parental rights?

On Behalf of | Nov 19, 2018 | Child Custody |

You are going through a challenging divorce from your former spouse in Ohio and are coping with the difficulties of arranging child custody. However, you are questioning whether or not you should seek to have the parental rights of your former spouse revoked. Such an extreme decision, if approved by the court, could provide both advantages and disadvantages depending on the conditions that ultimately led to your divorce from your children’s other parent. 

Requesting that your ex’s parental rights be terminated merely because you do not want him or her to be a part of your life anymore is not only selfish and extreme, but it could destroy any chance that your children have of forming a healthy and positive relationship with their other parent. Even if you and your ex were unable to make amends and decided to divorce as a solution, he or she may still be a perfectly capable and dedicated parent who like you, wants the best outcome for the children you share. 

According to, one reason why you may be wholly justified to request that your ex’s parental rights be revoked is if you believe your child is in danger. If you have evidence of physical assault or violence of any kind, it could be dangerous for your children to be around your ex. Another reason to ask for your ex’s parental rights to be taken away is if your children do not have a relationship with him or her at all. It is important to remember that whether you request that parental rights are taken away and your wish is granted or your ex voluntarily gives up his or her rights, he or she will not be required to provide child support of any kind. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. 



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