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Can I make my spouse give up his or her parental rights? Why or why not?

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Can I make my spouse give up his or her parental rights? Why or why not? – McCarthy, Leonard & Kaemmerer L.C. Can I make my spouse give up his or her parental rights? Why or why not? – McCarthy, Leonard & Kaemmerer L.C.

Can I make my spouse give up his or her parental rights? Why or why not?

Generally, no. Missouri only allows what is called a termination of parental rights in limited circumstances. The first circumstance is when a Petition for Termination of Parental Rights is initiated by the juvenile officer in your county. This occurs when there has been significant abuse or neglect of the minor child(ren) by the parent, and the juvenile officer believes the relationship between the parent and child is not able to be rehabilitated.
The second circumstance is when the parent voluntarily terminates his or her rights AND there is a step-parent that can simultaneously adopt the child. So, if Dad of the minor child terminates his parental rights, Stepdad has to simultaneously adopt the minor child. Missouri law will not leave the child without a parent voluntarily. It’s important to keep in mind that all rights of collection for future and ongoing child support stop when a termination of parental rights occurs.
The law in Missouri emphasizes a continuing and meaningful relationship with both parents. Because of that, only in the above two circumstances are terminations of parental rights allowed.
-Laura H. Stobie