The process to terminate parental rights is taken very seriously by the courts, because once completed, this termination will end the legal relationship between a parent and a child. The process is also governed by complex laws and requires detailed steps. Because of what is at stake, it is essential to consult with a qualified family law attorney before proceeding with these matters.
Understanding Termination of Parental Rights in Texas
In Texas, there are generally three types of parental termination cases:
- Voluntary termination: Sometimes, a mother or father has no desire to be a part of his or her children’s lives. In these cases, the custodial parent may ask the absentee parent to voluntarily terminate his or her parental rights, so that another person, such as a stepparent, may adopt the kids.
- Involuntary termination: There are generally two reasons for involuntary termination. If one parent has abandoned his or her kids, and cannot be located to confirm a voluntary termination, a court may order a termination without consent. In other cases, a court may order an involuntary termination if a parent has gravely harmed the children or is considered extremely dangerous.
- Contested termination: Contested terminations are not usually granted. When a parent is deemed unfit to care for his or her children, but wishes to keep his or her parental rights, the court will usually allow for a rehabilitation program as opposed to terminating parental status.
Regardless of the specifics in your case, the Jim Ross Law Group, P.C., is here to help. Our lawyers have an in-depth knowledge of this complicated process and how to find the resolution you desire. We also understand the sensitive nature of these matters and provide caring service as we work to ensure you and your children’s best interests are met.
Tarrant County Termination of Parental Rights Lawyer
If you need legal advice regarding termination of parental rights, contact our law firm at 817-275-4100. Our Arlington termination of parental rights lawyers are ready to help.
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