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

Both New Hampshire and Vermont legislators consider bills ending parental rights for fathers in sexual assault cases.
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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