When does the legal relinquishment of parental rights happen?
Colorado State Law requires that birthparents voluntarily relinquish their parental rights. Birth mothers appear in a private, closed hearing before a court judge or magistrate. This hearing usually lasts 10 to 15 minutes. The reason you have to relinquish in court is to protect your legal rights, those of your child, and to make sure this is a voluntary decision on your part. After you deliver, if you continue to feel comfortable with your plan to relinquish, a court date will be set, usually 4 to 6 weeks later. Your counselor will prepare you for court and go with you that day.