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VIC Can Parental Rights be Taken Away Involuntarily?

Discussion in 'Family Law Forum' started by MiizzCarmen, 27 October 2014.

  1. MiizzCarmen

    MiizzCarmen Well-Known Member

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    On what grounds can a parent get their parental rights or custody of children terminated involuntarily?
     
  2. AllForHer

    AllForHer Well-Known Member

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    Sole parental responsibility can be ordered by a court where the court deems such an order to be in the best interests of the child.
     
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  3. Sarah J

    Sarah J Well-Known Member

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    When the courts are satisfied it is in the best interests of the child (or children) to do so. This is basically the only consideration of the court: to act in the best interests of the child (or children).
     
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  4. Junior

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    So you are telling us if the child does not want to have time with either father or mother, the court will just make an order? How about if the child has been manipulated by either one of the parents? It's confusing and looks gray...
     
  5. Sarah J

    Sarah J Well-Known Member

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    The court will consider what is in the best interests of the children, taking into account all relevant factors including whether the requests by the children were made voluntarily or under influence/duress. The court will take into consideration the reasons for why the children do not wish to spend time with either parent, the objective situations of the parents and balance this with the right for a child to see both their parents, the age of the children and any reasons that may have influenced their decision/request and the starting presumption that having both parents in a child's life is beneficial.
     
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