What constitutes an unfit parent?
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Any mother who cannot or will not adequately provide for her child emotionally and physically. * Unfit mother (parent) is a societal term rather than legal. What some would define as unfit would not necessarily be the same as the legal definition of what constitutes neglect and/or abuse. Read More
An unfit home is a place where children are not safe. This can be because of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. Neglect is a factor in unfit homes. The children may not be properly looked after or have their physical or emotional needs met. Drug abuse and alcoholism in the home by a parent may be constituted as abuse, leading to an unfit home. Read More
Many things are taken into consideration when determining an unfit parent. If a parent neglects their child, they are unfit. Read More
You do not take custody of a child from a mother who you think is an unfit parent. You petition a court to make a determination that the parent is unfit and grant custody or a guardianship to you. See related link regarding the factors a court considers in determining a parent to be unfit. Read More
Child protective services does no decide if a parent is unfit. A judge will decide that. Child protective services can and will however, help the judge to decide by presenting any evidence they have found that may prove the parent unfit. Read More
When the parent have joint custody and the child gets taken by social services who gets the child if one parent is found unfit?
Generally, if one parent is found to be unfit the other parent will have sole legal and physical custody. Courts favor the biological parent in regards to custody. Read More
Can a parent that was given full custody due to the other parent being deemed unfit by the courts legally allow the child to stay with the unfit parent for days or weeks at a time?
Allowing your child to stay with someone you know is unfit is endangering the child which can lead to losing custody. Read More
If she has been found to be an unfit parent. See the related question for factors a court uses to judge a parent to be unfit. Read More
That is one reason a court may find a parent unfit. See related question link. That is one reason a court may find a parent unfit. See related question link. That is one reason a court may find a parent unfit. See related question link. That is one reason a court may find a parent unfit. See related question link. Read More
Being a unfit parent and/or give up your parental rights or have them taken away, is usually not something that means you get out of paying child support. Read More
The custodial parent is the parent with custody/guardianship of the child. Read More
Any parent who does not provide for the safety and physical and emotional well being of their child. Read More
To get soul custody of your children you must prove the other parent is unfit. If they have any addictions, proving they are unfit will not be hard. Read More
Yes, if the court determines the custodial parent is unfit and the child would be better off with the father. However, he will still owe the arrears to the other parent. Yes, if the court determines the custodial parent is unfit and the child would be better off with the father. However, he will still owe the arrears to the other parent. Yes, if the court determines the custodial parent is unfit and the child… Read More
It's possible, if you can substantially prove to a court that the parent is unfit. Custody would then go to the other parent, assuming there is one, they want the child and are fit to raise it. But you could certainly make a case for custody. Read More
Yes unless they are found to be unfit. Read More
Not an issue to be raised in this context. Read More
They recently changed the laws of custody, No one parent has full custody UNLESS they see the other parent as unstable and unfit. If the parent you want to live with has been deemed unfit as a parent then it will have to be taken to court or you can contact certain child organizations to give you more details about how to leave your current home and return to the home of an "unfit parent"… Read More
You would have to show that he is an unfit parent, and that it is in the best interest of the child for the mother to be the custodial parent. Read More
Only if you are an irrasoponsable, unfit parent Read More
Because his wife was an unfit parent and she was sleeping around Read More
I contend that it is an inhumane act of criminality to bring a child into this world if you do not have the financial, emotional and physical ability to competently cater to the needs of the child. A person, who decides to bring a child into this world, should consider the social, physical and emotional conditions under which the child will be expected to exist. A person who is unfit to be a parent, should… Read More
Not take but they can petition for custody in court. Unless the parent is unfit the most they will get is probably shared custody though. Read More
YEahhh! Read More
Generally, yes. Unless his parental rights have been terminated or he is judged to be an unfit parent. Biological parents are always favored for custody. Read More
Depends on the illness and the affect on the health and safety of the child. Read More
Depends on what he has been in for and if he is declared as a unfit parent or not. Read More
It depends on the nature of the problem. If it would cause him to be unable to financially or physically take care of his children, harm or endanger his children, then the answer is yes. See the related question link for factors a court will consider when declaring a parent to be unfit. Read More
Only if you prove to be an "unfit" or bad parent. The parent that is an adult has not more rights to the child because they are an adult and you are not. Read More
Is a parent considered unfit if he stays in a relationship with someone who has physically hurt their child?
If it was intentional, and not an accident, that parent should be in jail. This question is left up to the interpretation of the circumstances. Read More
If a custodial parent is incarcerated does the noncustodial parent have the right to go and take custody of the minor children?
Yes, he would be the one standing in line for custody unless he is unfit. Read More
In the United States when the custodial parent dies, the non-custodial parent automatically gains custody unless they've been deemed unfit. Read More
If your deemed an unfit parent in court and involuntarily gave up your parental rights will the state automatically take your next child?
No. Nothing is automatic, at least in this state. You will be entitled to a court hearing. If you were deemed an unfit parent because you were on drugs and you went through rehab, that will change things. If something else has changed, that may change things. You can bring that up at the court hearing. Still, since you were already deemed an unfit parent, if you have no new evidence to present to the… Read More
Depends on why the parent is non-custodial. If he is unfit they can not. The court usually listen to a teen that old but there are no guarantees they will decide on his favor. Read More
Termination of parental rights ordinarily occurs preparatory to a divorce, or after a trial which finds that the parent is unfit. It's not a paperwork exercise. Read More
Is grabbing a child by the collar and yelling into his face as a form of discipline being an unfit parent?
it doesn't make you an unfit parent. Every one loses their temper. Just do not let it escalate to the point of hitting... and grabbing by the collar is a little bit extreme. You might want to calm down a bit before punishing. Read More
No. Not providing appropriate care and supervision for a child constitutes child endangerment, the basis of the factors that can be used to declare a parent unfit. It is unsafe for a child of twelve to be left alone all night. Perhaps the parent is working during the night and has few resources but they must make arrangements for the child to be under adult care and supervision during the night. A twelve year old… Read More
Normally this is done voluntarily in anticipation of adoption, or after a trial in which the court finds the parent to be unfit. Read More
Ordinarily, the State takes guardianship of a child only after a finding by the courts that the parent(s) are unfit. Read More
That would require a finding by the court that the father is an unfit parent. Read More
If the other parent is unfit, other relatives have equal chance in court to get custody of the child. Being a god parent does not give you a bigger chance since godparent is not a legal term. It's a religious one. Read More
I would think not. Obviously if this said parent had limited visitation then they have been deemed an unfit parent and therefore have no right to decide how the child should or shouldn't be raised. Read More
HOW doe you reverse guardianship from one parent to another when the child wants to live with the other parent who doesn't have guardianship and the child is old enough to make their own decision?
Prove the household unfit. Read More
If a custodial parent dies do the kids have a say in if they want to go live with the non custodial parent?
The most likely scenario is that the children will live with the other parent as long as that parent was not deemed unfit while the custodial parent was alive. If that parent was denied custody for cause the courts may consider another gaurdian should the non custodial parent still be considered unsuitable. Read More
I don't see how the parent not paying child support play any role in custody for the grandparents. If the parents are found unfit the grandparents have a chance for custody just like other relatives do. The biological parents are still the ones paying child support. Not being able to pay child support does not make you a unfit parent. Read More
Termination of parental rights typically occurs when a court finds a parent to be unfit, or preparatory to an adoption. Read More
Custody will only be affected if the step-parent is an unfit parent, abuses the child, or is a registered sex offender. Read More
Yes of course. Unless the custodial parent is unfit the judge would not just change it though but there is also shared custody. It's up to the court to decide. Read More
What constitutes abandonment by a non-custodial parent who has not paid court-ordered child support or money nor seen the child in 90 days?
The specific details of what constitutes abandonment varies from state to state. Typically if a parent does not support a child and makes no contact for at least 6 months, it is considered to be abandonment. Read More