When Can You Terminate Parental Rights?

The termination of parental rights is a drastic step that should only be taken when it is necessary to protect the safety or well being of a child. Termination of parental rights is not punishment. It is an action taken to allow others to assume clear responsibility for the child's well being without interference.

In Texas, the courts can order the termination of parental rights on several grounds, including:

  • Abandonment, disinterest or failure to maintain contact;
  • Child abuse or neglect (of the child in question or of another child);
  • A parent's mental illness, mental disability or alcohol or drug-induced incapacity;
  • A parent's conviction or incarceration for a felony offense;
  • Failure to provide support.

The courts have one overriding concern in deciding on the termination of parental rights, and that is the best interests of the child in question. At Pelley Law Office, L.L.P., we share that concern, and will take all appropriate action to protect a child's safety, security and well-being. Sometimes that requires seeking the termination of parental rights.

What Should You Do Now?

Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation so you can get the protection you need. Call us at 972-608-0335.

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