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 35 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:
- 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 850-433-9922 to discuss your specific termination of parental rights concerns with an experienced attorney.