By: Janette Jordan
This blog post will focus primarily on C.R.S. 19-5-105(3.1) which lays out the ways in which the court may find grounds for the termination of parental rights of a parent and a minor child. If you are remarried and find yourself considering a step-parent adoption, it is important to be familiar with the ways in which your new spouse could legally adopt your minor child(ren). In an adoption case, it is possible to seek for a step-parent adoption by first terminating the parental rights of the other parent. Termination occurs when the court severs the legal relationship between a parent and their child. Relinquishment occurs when one parent voluntarily gives up their legal relationship between themself and their child.
Pursuant to C.R.S. 19-5-105(3.1), the court may terminate a birth parent’s parental rights when it finds that (1) it is in the best interests of the child; and (2) there is clear and convincing evidence of one of the following: Continue reading