Q: Does permanent custody terminate all parental rights, including visitation?
I have temporary custody of my nieces. Both parents have significant developmental disabilities which led to CPS removal due to neglect, nutritional and developmental deficiencies. They did not have visitations for 3 months due to COVID and the children made significant progress; physically, emotionally, behaviorally and developmentally. A few weeks ago supervised visitations resumed and the toddlers behavior has significantly regressed since seeing her parents again. If we are given permanent custody does that guarantee parents will not get visitation or could a judge order that parents still retain visitation rights? If that happens, is there any way to get visitations permanently ceased for the well being of the child?
A: It is up to the judge to determine custody and visitation in the best interests of the children. The judge has flexibility to make a decision based on all the facts. Custodians or parents can later apply for further changes as the situation changes and the children get older.
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