Minneapolis, MN family law attorney Ruta Johnsen briefly talks about how parental rights may be terminated.
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A termination of parental rights can happen in a couple different ways. There are two types of termination: a voluntary termination, where a parent whose rights are being terminated consents to the termination, or an involuntary termination, which typically, the involuntary termination petitions are brought forward following a CHIPS case by the county or social service agency. It is fairly uncommon to see an involuntary termination petition in private family law cases. A voluntary termination petition can be brought in a situation where one parent is willing to give up his or her parental rights for another person to adopt a child. A termination is never possible in a situation where a parent is no longer willing to provide child support.