Sometimes an unfortunate consequence of some divorces is that one of the parents becomes absent. In some instances there is a parent that decides not to take an active role in the life of their child after divorce. When that happens the remaining parent may seek to have the parental rights terminated. Doing so is a serious undertaking and is not an issue the Courts ever take lightly. Termination of parental rights can have severe consequences for the remaining parent, so it should not be done unless there is complete certainty in the decision to take this step.
When the following factors are present in your situation you can seek to have parental rights terminated:
● The other parent has abandoned the child meaning that that parent has not provided reasonable support or maintained regular contact with the child..
● The other parent is unable to perform parental responsibilities because of mental illness, substance abuse or any other reason and there is evidence that the problem will continue for an indefinite period.
● The other parent is deprived of civil liberties as the result of a felony conviction for a crime which is of a nature as to prove that parent’s unfitness as a parent.
● The parents have relinquished their rights to a child to an agency or have consented to adoption.
We have helped others through this difficult process and can help you too. A careful examination of the facts of your case is required in order to present the best evidence to the Court. Making sure your child is protected from harmful situations and has a safe place to live is one of the most important aspects of any family law matter. Doing what is in the best interests of your child and what works best for your family is our goal. We work with you to develop strategies that get you to workable solutions.
For more information about the important issue of seeking to terminate parental rights, consult a qualified legal professional. Let us put our experience to work for you. Call The Sampair Group in Phoenix and the West Valley today to schedule your appointment.