The biological parent’s involvement in the child’s life will determine whether consent is necessary. If you cannot obtain the consent of the biological parent, you need to provide the Court with a legal reason to terminate the biological parent’s parental rights. Missouri law allows parental rights to be terminated upon evidence of abandonment, unfitness or failure to support.
The most common way to terminate parental rights through an adoption is to prove abandonment. When deciding the question of abandonment, the Court looks to the intent and actions of the parent. The evidence must show that the abandonment has taken place for at least six months.
Unsure if your case has sufficient evidence to prove abandonment? Please contact Knight & Salladay to determine how the law applies to your specific case.