Grounds for Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights - Guam

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Circumstances That Are Grounds for Termination of Parental Rights

Citation: Ann. Code Tit. 19, § 4303

A petition for termination of the parent-child relationship may be granted when the court finds that one or more of the following conditions exists:

  • The parent has abandoned the child in that the parent has made no effort to maintain a parental relationship with the child.
  • The parent has substantially and continuously or repeatedly neglected the child.
  • The presumptive parent is not a natural parent of the child.
  • The parent is unable to discharge parental responsibilities because of mental illness or mental deficiency, and there are reasonable grounds to believe that such condition will continue for a prolonged indeterminate period.
  • The parent is found by clear and convincing evidence to have committed an act of criminal sexual conduct, or other equivalent offense under the laws of another State, territory, or possession, against the petitioner, that resulted in the conception of the child.

Circumstances That Are Exceptions to Termination of Parental Rights

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.

Circumstances Allowing Reinstatement of Parental Rights

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.