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Termination of Parental Rights in Houston, Texas

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.

Harris County and throughout Texas, contact termination of parental rights attorney Wendy Wood in Bryan or Houston and schedule an appointment.

Harris County Attorney Advising on Child Custody Disputes That Involve 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
  • Abandonment
  • 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, commonly called CPS. When TDFS/CPS 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 embroiled in a child custody battle, we can help. To schedule an appointment and discuss your case, contact Harris County child custody dispute lawyer Wendy Wood today.

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