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On What Grounds May Parental Rights Be Terminated?

Parents have parental rights including: (1) the right to spend time with the children; (2) making decisions affecting the welfare of the children (such as what medical treatment the child should receive, where the child should be sent to school, etc.); (3) the upbringing; and (4) who has access to the child. Both of the biological parents may exercise these parental rights. While courts generally defer to parents and allow parents to exercise their rights, courts do have the authority to intervene and limit or terminate parental rights.

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