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ABA Family Legal Guide

Family Law

Children

Adoption

What is the definition of an unfit parent?

Parental unfitness is determined by state law. Generally, an unfit parent is one who has failed to have regular contact with a child or to contribute to his or her support. A parent is also unfit if he or she has been abusive or has otherwise failed to provide adequate care for the child.

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