John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
Without knowing exactly why the question is being asked, it isn't possible to accurately answer the question. If "legal rights" were actually terminated, it is highly unlikely that there is any viable option to restore those rights. However, if the "legal rights" being referred to as lost are simply the result of a court custody order that imposed very strict rules or limitations on access to the child, that court order is always subject to modification if a change is in the best interest of the child. You need to talk to a lawyer who can evaluate the actual facts and circumstances and then explain your options to you.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, P.C. | Richard A. Gray
In Virginia: I am assuming from your question that you did not voluntarily relinquish your parental rights. If you did, then the answer is No. However, if the loss of custodial rights was due to some disability on your part at the time that has since changed or an inability at the time to parent the child; then you have the right to petition the court for custodial rights of visitation. The qualification is that the court looks to whether there has been a material change of circumstances since the last order was entered. Even then, the Court looks to see whether the material change in circumstances (whatever it may be) justifies a change in the current custodial order. Obviously, the reason or reasons you lost custody in the first place will be a major factor in the likelihood of your regaining any custodial rights of visitation.
Answer Applies to: Virginia
Wolfstone, Panchot & Bloch, P.S., Inc. | Mark Brown
In Washington state, the Father must file a Petition with the court to modify the court order limiting his access to the child; and demonstrate that the circumstances have changed justifying modification of the prior order.
Answer Applies to: Washington