Termination of Parental Rights

Termination of Parental Rights Lawyer Serving Denton, Lewisville, and Flower Mound

Terminating parental rights is not easy – emotionally or legally. At Helene Parker & Associates, L.L.C., our skilled and compassionate Lewisville attorneys have significant experience helping families through this difficult process.

Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights in Texas

In certain circumstances, it will be in the best interests of the child to terminate the parental rights of one or both biological parents either (i) against their will or (ii) without their express consent. When this is the case, Texas law provides a procedure for appropriate individuals to seek involuntary termination of parental rights.

Involuntary termination is common when a parent cannot be located, when one parent seeks to raise the child on their own in order to protect the child, and when other family members seek to adopt the child to remove it from a dangerous or unstable living environment. Texas courts will grant involuntary termination of parental rights where a parent:

  • Abandoned the child
  • Abandoned the pregnant mother and failed to return
  • Knowingly placed the child or allowed the child to be placed in dangerous surroundings
  • Engaged or continues to engage in conduct (including substance abuse) that places the child in danger
  • Failed to support the child to the parent’s ability for an extended period of time
  • Is convicted of a serious crime resulting in extended incarceration

In addition, if the child is placed with Child Protective Services (CPS) as a result of abuse, neglect, or illicit drug use that endangers the child, the biological parents will face involuntary termination if they fail to timely comply with the conditions imposed for regaining possession of the child.

At Helene Parker & Associates, L.L.C., we represent mothers, fathers, and other family members in both prosecution and defense of lawsuits for involuntary termination of parental rights. Prompt action is a priority in any case involving the wellbeing of a child, and we will work closely with you to take swift and effective action to protect your rights and the interests of your children.

Voluntary Termination (Relinquishment) of Parental Rights in Texas

Like other Texas family law matters, seeking voluntary termination of parental rights requires formal court approval. In the absence of a court order granting voluntary termination of your parental rights, you will retain your legal parenting obligations; and, among other consequences, your child will not be eligible for adoption.

In deciding whether to grant a voluntary termination of parental rights, Texas courts examine whether relinquishment would be in the best interests of the child. A desire not to pay child support is not a valid basis for seeking relinquishment. Valid grounds for seeking voluntary termination of parental rights in Texas include:

  • Extreme disinterest in raising the child
  • Proof of non-paternity
  • Facilitating an adoption

We have substantial experience helping our clients successfully relinquish parental rights in Texas. We will work closely with you to prepare the necessary documentation and other evidence for your case to make the process as efficient and painless as possible.

Free Consultation with a Lewisville Termination of Parental Rights Lawyer

If you need to fight to retain your parental rights, or if you have decided to pursue relinquishment of your parental rights, our experienced and empathetic Lewisville termination of parental rights lawyers can help. Contact Helene Parker & Associates, LLC today to schedule a free consultation.

We serve clients in Denton, Lewisville, Flower Mound, and surrounding areas.