Am I allowed to terminate my parental rights to a child born outside my marriage?
09/17/2007 - Category:Paternity - Termination of Parental Rights - State: CO #8834
I am the biological father of a child that lives with her mother in Indiana. We were never married- in fact I am and was married when this child was concieved. The mother and I agree that it would be in the childs best interest for me to give up parental rights. Is that allowed in Indiana? I heard it was only allowed if there is another person to adopt her.
The following is a CO statute
14-10-123. Commencement of proceedings concerning allocation of parental responsibilities - jurisdiction. Statute text
(1) A proceeding concerning the allocation of parental responsibilities is commenced in the district court or as otherwise provided by law:
(a) By a parent:
(I) By filing a petition for dissolution or legal separation; or
(II) By filing a petition seeking the allocation of parental responsibilities with respect to a child in the county where the child is permanently resident or where the child is found; or
(b) By a person other than a parent, by filing a petition seeking the allocation of parental responsibilities for the child in the county where the child is permanently resident or where the child is found, but only if the child is not in the physical care of one of the child's parents;
(c) By a person other than a parent who has had the physical care of a child for a period of six months or more, if such action is commenced within six months of the termination of such physical care; or
(d) By a parent or person other than a parent who has been granted custody of a child or who has been allocated parental responsibilities through a juvenile court order entered pursuant to section 19-1-104 (6), C.R.S., by filing a certified copy of the juvenile court order in the county where the child is permanently resident. Such order shall be treated in the district court as any other decree issued in a proceeding concerning the allocation of parental responsibilities.
(2) Except for a proceeding concerning the allocation of parental responsibilities commenced pursuant to paragraph (d) of subsection (1) of this section, notice of a proceeding concerning the allocation of parental responsibilities shall be given to the child's parent, guardian, and custodian or person allocated parental responsibilities, who may appear and be heard and may file a responsive pleading. The court may, upon a showing of good cause, permit the intervention of other interested parties.
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09/17/2007 - Category: Termination of Parental Rights - State: CO #8834
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