VT, NH Legislators Consider Ending Parental Rights for Fathers in Sexual Assault Cases

By Joe Gullo

Published 02/04 2014 02:01PM

Updated 02/04 2014 06:22PM

Both New Hampshire and Vermont legislators debated a bill Tuesday that would terminate parental rights of a father whose child was born as a result of a sexual assault.

According to both bills, out-of-state convictions would be permitted in terminating parental rights. The Vermont bill would not require a conviction if there is sufficient evidence of a sexual assault.

The bills are in the Vermont House Judiciary committee and the New Hampshire Senate Judiciary committee. A similar bill is in the New Hampshire House Children and Family Law committee.

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