Termination of Parental Rights in Harris County
Houston, Texas Termination of Parental Rights Attorney
In adoptions and in some child custody cases, the termination of parental rights is necessary. In cases involving adoption, putative fathers can step forward to challenge an adoption, making it incumbent to search putative father registries. Additionally, birth mothers must also give up their parental rights in adoptions. In child custody cases where a parent is abusive or a danger to a child, the court may terminate parental rights, removing the legal ground for establishing visitation in the process. At the Law Offices of Wendy Wood, we represent adoptive parents and biological parents in cases involving the termination of parental rights. We also assert the parental rights of putative fathers and parents who are facing the termination of their parental rights in contentious divorce, adoption, or child custody cases.
If you have questions regarding the termination of parental rights in Harris County and throughout Texas, contact family law attorney Wendy Wood and schedule an appointment.
Grounds for Terminating Parental Rights
While each case is different, the following can serve as grounds for terminating parental rights in the state of Texas:
- Abuse / neglect
- Mental illness
- Some felony convictions
- Being sent to prison
- Alcohol or drug addiction that leads to neglect
- Sexual or physical abuse
- Failure to provide sufficient support for a child
- Failure to maintain contact with a child
Parental Fitness and the Termination of Parental Rights
Parental rights may be terminated when allegations of unfitness or neglect arise. These allegations often involve the Texas Department of Family Services (TDFS). When TDFS gets involved, however, due process is not always guaranteed. In many cases, an anonymous complaint or phone tip results in children being removed from a home and put into foster care. When an investigation is launched, make sure your children or grandchildren are protected and fairly represented.
Questions and Concerns? Contact Family Law Attorney Wendy Wood
Whether you need to terminate parental rights as part of an adoption or are engaged embroiled in a child custody battle, we can help. To schedule an appointment and discuss your case, contact family law attorney Wendy Wood today.