Losing Control and Getting it Back
In Family Court
In child abuse and neglect proceedings, the paramount concern for the Court is the safety of the child. That is one type of Family Court proceeding that is marked by a great amount of control, necessarily imposed upon the parent(s) to ensure no further incidents of abuse or neglect take place. There, the Court acts in the place of the parent and in extreme cases, the Court can suspend all parenting time, order supervised parenting time, or terminate parental rights and have a child adopted by a foster parent. That is total control. In that setting, the parents lost their parental control as a result of their own actions. Clearly, when a parent (noun) cannot parent (verb), a Court will take over the control by ordering various therapeutic services such as anger management, parenting skills classes, substance abuse treatment, psychotherapy, etc. Ultimately, that will be to the benefit of the parent and hopefully to the child. The only way for this parent to take back control is to comply fully with the Court Orders in good faith.