1-08 Termination of Rapists’ Parental Rights

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RAINN State Law Database

on Termination of Rapists’ Parental Rights

Does your state allow rapists to have parental rights like custody and visitation? ~ RAINN/Termination of Rapists’ Parental Rights

The RAINN State Law Database offers information in the specific topic of Termination of Rapists’ Parental Rights. “Find out if your state blocks rapists from asserting parental rights, such as custody and visitation, over children conceived as a result of their crime.”

When you use Option #1 (type in search) or Option #2 (click on map) from the State Law Database page to find out a single state’s laws, the resulting chart details answers to the following 13 questions:

  • Does the state allow for termination of rapists’ parental rights over any child born from that rape?
  • Can all, some, or none of these parental rights be terminated?
  • What are the parental rights termination details?
  • Are there exceptions to the laws which allow for termination of rapists’ parental rights?
  • What are the exceptions details?
  • Statutory citation(s).
  • What is the type of proof required to terminate rapists’ parental rights?
  • What are the type of proof details?
  • Type of proof statutory citation(s).
  • Does the state allow for restrictions on rapists’ adoptive rights?
  • What are the adoptive right details?
  • Adoptive rights statutory citation(s).
  • Does the state require that rapists pay child support even after parental rights have been terminated?

Option #3 (from the Compare States link leading to the State Laws by Topic link) details answers to this set of six questions for each state.

  • Does the state allow for termination of rapists’ parental rights over any child born from that rape?
  • Can all, some, or none of these parental rights be terminated?
  • Are there exceptions to the laws which allow for termination of rapists’ parental rights?
  • Does the rapist have to be convicted before his parental rights are terminated, or if not is there a separate burden of proof required?4
  • Does the state require that rapists pay child support even after parental rights have been terminated?
  • Does the state allow for restrictions on rapists’ adoptive rights?

Click on the “+” sign to expand the entry to see detailed information on these questions. Click on the “-” minus sign to collapse a state’s data. (You can leave multiple boxes open simultaneously, if desired.)

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