A new law in Vermont has been added to clarify circumstances under which the termination of custodial rights for a parent can occur.  The child custody laws in Vermont have not been changed since 1947 and this is the first update in over 60 years.

The law that was signed by Governor Peter Shumlin outlines the circumstances that will terminate and regain child custodial rights. It also outlines the circumstances in which custody can be given to someone else.  For example, if the parents are terminally ill, military deployed, or incarcerated, parents may be allowed to have others be the guardians of their children.

Goals of New Law

According to Governor Shumlin, the reason this part was added is due to the increase in addiction to drugs and opiate as well as the resulting incarceration. In addition, this law is trying to prevent families from being split up when a parent is incarcerated.  With this law, kids can live with family members, which is one of the main goals of this law.

In Vermont, 64% of 1500 inmates have a child which affects 1600 children.  According to Jill Evans, the director of Women and Family Services for the Department of Corrections, children of incarcerated parents are seven times more likely to be incarcerated themselves.

Arizona Custodial Laws

Under ARS 8-533 (B) states that the termination of parental rights can occur if a parent has a mental illnesss or if the parent is convicted of a felony and unfit to raise a child.  In addition, Arizona has child custody courts to determine the custodial rights of children.


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