Legal Information: Alabama

Custody

Updated: 
September 1, 2023

Can the abuser's parental rights be terminated if s/he is convicted of a sex crime?

If a parent is convicted of any of the following crimes, the judge will make a determination that the parent is unable to properly care for a child and will terminate his/her parental rights:

  1. rape in the first degree;
  2. sodomy in the first degree; or
  3. incest.1

The other parent may have to file a petition in court requesting termination after the abuser is convicted of one of these crimes.

1 Alabama Code § 12-15-319(b)

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