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September 19, 2019

What to Know About Terminating Parental Rights

In the state of Texas, there are two ways that you terminate parental rights. The two avenues for terminating parental rights are voluntary termination and involuntary termination. Rashelle Fetty and The Fetty firm have the experience necessary to help clients when it comes to the process of terminating parental rights. When thinking about the termination of the parental rights of your former spouse, it is imperative that you have an experienced attorney representing you. With The Fetty Firm by your side, you can be sure that we’ll work diligently to get you the best resolution possible.

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Ways to Terminate Parental Rights

Voluntary Termination – This type of termination is when a parent agrees to terminate their parental rights. Additionally, the parent will fill out, sign, and file the proper paperwork. Thereafter, the parent will come into the court and testify that they are giving up their parental rights. Also, voluntary termination applies to both biological and adopted children.

Involuntary termination – This type of termination consists of a parent’s rights being terminated without agreement. There are certain circumstances that lead to involuntary termination. Some of the factors that lead to involuntary termination include abuse, neglect, abandonment, lack of support, lack of acknowledgment, and other types of behaviors found to be criminal.

Reasons for Involuntary Termination

Overall, poor behavior can cause a parent to lose their parental rights. Reasons for involuntary termination include:

  • Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Abandonment
  • Criminal behavior that causes a child’s serious injury or death
  • A physically or mentally dangerous environment for the children
  • Refusal to support the child
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The reasons above are some of the most common ones, but each case is unique. Rashelle Fetty will take the time to learn about your specific case and will work diligently to protect you and your children. Moreover, we’ll advise clients on how parental termination cases work and how to best approach their case. Another important thing to keep in mind is that voluntary termination requires that the parent proves that they’re doing so in the best interest of the child. If you want more information regarding these types of cases, give us a call at your earliest convenience. You can reach us by calling (214) 546-5746. Finally, you can learn more about the termination of parental rights by clicking here.