Georgia law allows for the termination of parental rights under some very discrete circumstances. As you might imagine it is difficult to terminate parental rights, appropriately so. For the government to step in and say to a mom or a dad that they are no longer the legal parent of their child is a huge step and so we want to make sure that when the government wields that awesome power that it do so with restraint and only if absolutely necessary. Termination of legal rights therefore is something that rarely happens and is very difficult.
To do, however, there are bases under Georgia law under which a parent’s rights can be terminated. Some of the more common ones are abandonment and neglect. If a parent over a long period of time is not involved with the child, does not see the child, is not providing for the child, is not supporting the child financially, then that may be a basis for their rights to be terminated. Criminal behavior on the part of the parents, especially drug ad alcohol abuse and addiction under some circumstances might reach a point where that parent’s parental rights may risk being terminated.