Voluntary Removal of Parental Rights

In general, there are two ways parental rights can be removed in Utah. Starting with voluntary removal, (also known as relinquishment) parents will remove their rights by their own free will. This is generally something that cannot be undone once proper documentation has taken place. Another general rule is that relinquishment can also be difficult to achieve.

Largely due to the fact that every child has the legal right to a parental relationship. Therefore certain procedures must take place in order to ensure the parent understands the finality of their decision. For example, the parent wishing to waive their rights must undergo counseling to assure they are mentally sound.

At the end of the day, this legal avenue should only be pursued if both parents feel this removal is in the best interest of the child or children.

Involuntary removal of parental rights.

When this happens the parent is no longer legally considered to be the parent of the child. As with voluntary removal, the court will make its decision based on the best interest of the child.

When this happens there is usually clear and concise evidence of the following:

Regardless of your situation, when parental rights are involved the consequences can be severe and life-altering. If you are considering relinquishing your rights, or if you are looking to have the rights removed from another, speak to a family law attorney as soon as possible.