Terminating Parental Rights

The termination of parental rights is serious. We take it very seriously, too. You can't afford to lose your rights. But also, if you are the parent seeking termination of the other parent's rights, you can't afford to lose if it's in the best interest of your child. Contact us today online or at 702-214-7244 to schedule a Consultation.

What Does Termination Mean?

Termination of parental rights completely severs the legal relationship between a parent and their child. This means the parent no longer has any rights or responsibilities regarding the child, including:

  • Making decisions about the child's upbringing, education, or healthcare
  • Having custody of the child
  • Visiting or contacting the child
  • Blocking adoption by another party

Voluntary vs. Involuntary Termination

  • Voluntary Termination: In rare cases, a parent may voluntarily relinquish their rights, usually when another party seeks adoption.

  • Involuntary Termination: This is a more complex process initiated by a state agency, often due to concerns about the child's safety or well-being. The agency must present clear and convincing evidence to the court to support termination.

Common Grounds for Termination 

  • Abandonment: When a parent intentionally leaves the child without providing care or support for an extended period.
  • Neglect: Failing to provide the child with basic necessities like food, shelter, or medical care.
  • Unfitness: Demonstrated inability to provide a safe and nurturing environment for the child.
  • Risk of Harm: Evidence that the parent poses a serious threat of physical, emotional, or mental harm to the child.
  • Sexual Abuse: If a parent has sexually abused the child.
  • Failure to Rehabilitate: When a parent has been given the opportunity to improve their circumstances but fails to do so.

Consequences of Termination

Termination has significant consequences:

  • Loss of Parent-Child Relationship: The legal bond between parent and child is severed.
  • Loss of Custody and Visitation: The parent no longer has the right to raise or see the child.
  • No Right to Block Adoption: The parent cannot prevent the child from being adopted by another party.
  • Termination of Child Support: The parent is no longer obligated to provide financial support.

Contact a Family Law Lawyer Today

The matter is too important to make a mistake, and it's not just your rights on the line, but that of the child's. We will advocate for your rights or, alternatively, help file a petition to terminate the other parent's rights. Contact The Law Office of Romeo R. Perez online or call us at 7022147244 to schedule a Consultation.