An action to terminate parental rights can be brought by the State of Utah or by any individual that has an interest in the welfare of a child. Termination actions can proceed in either juvenile or district court. Because the welfare of a child is at issue, a Guardian ad Litem will always be appointed to represent the child’s interest in the court proceedings.
These cases are obviously highly emotional and can be protracted if reunification between a child and parent is attempted before termination occurs. We have experience and can assist clients in these very difficult cases.