Pensacola Termination Parental Rights Attorney

Detailed Advice on the Process of Terminating Parental Rights

Terminating parental rights, while seemingly a harsh process, maybe in the best interests of the child involved. In fact, parental rights are terminated in a number of situations, including those involving stepparent adoptions and nonresponsive parents. Whether both parents agree to the termination or one parent wishes to pursue a forceful termination, the guidance of an experienced lawyer can be invaluable in helping you avoid unnecessary hardship during your proceedings.

At the law office of Michael J. Griffith, P.A., we understand the confusing emotions often involved in the process of terminating parental rights. We also understand how important the termination can be to the well-being of the child and the future of both parents. With more than 40 years of combined experience, our Pace parental rights attorneys have the insight and knowledge needed to help you understand the process and what you may be able to expect from your proceedings.

Voluntary Termination Proceedings

In some cases, either parent may wish to voluntarily terminate their rights. These cases can include stepparent or grandparent adoptions in which the adoptee can offer the child better medical coverage or a healthier lifestyle.

While voluntary termination proceedings are usually civil and without dispute, it is still important to ensure that every aspect of the process has been properly addressed. We offer step by step guidance throughout the process, and can assist either parent during voluntary termination proceedings.

Involuntary Termination Proceedings

While many judges are hesitant to severe the legal bonds between parent and child, situations do exist in which a judge may rule in favor of an involuntary termination of parental rights, including those involving:

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse or an ongoing CPS case
  • Mental illness
  • Felony conviction or incarceration that places the child in danger

Over the course of decades in practice, we have successfully helped clients on both sides of involuntary termination proceedings, including those seeking termination as well as those fighting against the termination of their parental rights.

Contact our office online or call (850) 495-7977 to discuss your specific termination of parental rights concerns with an experienced attorney.

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Criminal charges in Pensacola can have severe repercussions on your personal and professional life. The local law enforcement agencies, including the Escambia County Sheriff's Office and the Pensacola Police Department, are known for their stringent enforcement of criminal laws. A conviction can lead to hefty fines, jail time, loss of professional licenses, and other penalties that make it crucial to have a knowledgeable attorney by your side.

Michael J. Griffith understands the unique challenges faced by residents in Pensacola and the surrounding areas. With the busy nightlife along Palafox Street and the frequent events at the Pensacola Bay Center, it's not uncommon for individuals to find themselves facing criminal charges. Our firm is well-versed in the local court systems, including the Escambia County Court, and we know how to navigate the complexities of criminal cases to achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients.

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We recognize that a criminal charge can be a daunting experience, especially with the potential for long imprisonment times and the impact on your reputation. Our approach involves a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding your arrest, including scrutinizing the conduct of the arresting officers and the accuracy of evidence presented against you. We aim to identify any procedural errors or violations of your rights that could lead to a reduction or dismissal of charges.

At Michael J. Griffith, P.A., we are committed to providing personalized legal support tailored to the needs of our local community. We can help you navigate the legal process and work hard to guard your future.

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Michael J. Griffith has earned many accomplishment over his career, including being admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, co-authoring a book about motorcycle injury compensation, and being named to the Top 100 Lawyers in Florida. His success in achieving decisive wins for his clients is based on a passion to serve people in need, his strong sense of justice, and his unwavering support for the underdog. While you may feel the criminal or civil court systems care little about you as a person, Attorney Griffith levels the playing field with his extensive experience, skills, and client service. 

  • Nearly 50 Years of Experience
  • Proven Track Record of Success
  • Admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Passionate About Fighting for Those in Need
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  • ABA
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