The parent-child relationship is a special bond, however, circumstances may deem that the termination of parental rights may be in the best interest of a child. The legal process of relinquishing a parent’s rights to their child is not taken lightly and will only be ordered under legally defined circumstances. The State of Texas recognizes the ability of a parent or a judge to sever a parent-child relationship. As a parent, you have duties, rights and obligations to your child, however, a termination of your parental rights ends all legal rights and duties to your child (except inheritance if so ordered by the court).
Voluntary Termination of Parental Rights
There are a variety of circumstances where a parent may choose to voluntarily terminate their parental rights in the State of Texas. A father may petition for termination of his parental rights if, after genetic testing, finds that he is not the father of a child he believed to be his. A parent may also consent to the termination of their parental rights if the child is being placed for adoption. Lastly, a man may terminate his parental rights if he lacks any interest in the child.
Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights
In the State of Texas, termination of parental rights may occur even against the wishes of one or both parents to remain in the life of their child. Involuntary termination of parental rights may occur when a baby is born addicted to alcohol or any illicit drugs. A Texas Court may also order a termination of parental rights if the child was abandoned or left with another person, for an extended period of time, without adequate support. Additionally, a Texas Court may terminate parental rights against parental wishes if they find that the child would be physically or emotionally endangered if they were to remain with the parent(s). Lastly, involuntary termination may be ordered if a parent was convicted of death or serious injury to a child, elderly or disabled person.
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Whether you are attempting to give your child the gift of adoption, are not the genetic father or facing involuntary termination of your parental rights, the legal termination of the parent-child relationship is a delicate and emotional process. If you or someone you know is facing issues surrounding parental-child termination, contact the family lawyers at the Law Office of Lauren Cain in Frisco, please call (214) 234-2622, to efficiently assist you through this legal process.