Termination of Parental Rights
The termination of one’s parental rights is the most permanent and irreversible legal action taken against a parent.
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The termination of a parent’s parental rights results in extinguishing the parent-child relationship forever. Whether you are a parent or caregiver that wishes to terminate the parental rights of the child’s father or mother, or a parent’s whose rights are at risk of being terminated, you should seek experienced legal advice prior to making any decision resulting is such serious consequences. Our experienced attorneys are certified child welfare specialists and can provide you with legal advice about the following issues directly related to the termination of parental rights:
- Future parent-child rights and contact with the child if a parent’s rights are terminated
- Future relative-child rights and contact with the child if a parent’s rights are terminated.
- Future consequences for a parent whose rights have been terminated and how it can effect the parent’s parental rights of any other children the parent has or may have in the future
- Changes in inheritance rights between the parent and child
- Whether the child will be adopted by another person
- Child support obligations
Depending on the situation, terminating a parent’s parental rights may not be in the best interest of the child. Prior to attempting to terminate a parent’s parental rights, a person should carefully consider all of the legal consequences of such actions. The same is true for a parent whose rights may be terminated. Our experienced family lawyers at the Raleigh law offices of Batch, Poore & Williams focus on helping clients understand and address the delicate issues resulting in the termination of one’s parental rights and how it relates to adoption, paternity and other legal issues resulting in permanently changing the parent-child relationship.
We know and value of the importance of the parent-child relationship and understand that terminating the rights of a parent not only effects the parent, but also directly effects the grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives of the terminated parent’s family.
We stand by our clients to help minimize their anxiety and stress and to advocate for their legal rights. We represent persons petitioning to terminate a parent’s rights as well as parents who wish to prevent their parental rights from being terminated. To learn more about how we can help you handle the termination of parental rights and other family law matters, contact us our Raleigh, North Carolina law offices today.
Is it best to terminate a parent’s parental rights?
While staying involved in a child’s life is a vital part of a healthy family and a well-adjusted, happy a child, situations can arise where the termination of a parent’s rights is required in order to effectively resolve matters that are in the best interest of the child. Our firm represents both persons that wish to terminate the parental rights of a parent, as well as parents whose rights are at risk of being terminated. Here at Batch Poore & Williams, P.C., we handle termination of parental rights cases involving:
- Grandparent or step-parent adoptions
- Child abuse, neglect or abandonment
- Mental illness or deficiency
- Incapacity due to alcohol or drug addiction
- Failure to provide, support or maintain child support or contact with the child
- Failure to establish paternity
- Parent has committed murder or manslaughter of another child of the parent or a child residing in the home of the parent
Before a stepparent, family member, or other person can adopt a child, the rights of one or both biological parents must be terminated in order to proceed with an adoption. However, it may not be necessary for a parent’s rights to be terminated for a person to limit or eliminate the contact between the parent and child. We represent clients in family court and juvenile proceedings, as well as advising our clients whether the termination of a person’s parental rights is warranted or necessary.
A significant amount of our law practice is dedicated to representing parents in abuse, neglect, and dependency hearings, as well as termination of parental rights proceedings. We understand the finality of your parental rights being terminated. We also understand the desire of a custodial parent or custodian to protect the best interest of the child. Regardless of your situation, we offer compassionate and experienced family law advice to each and every one of our clients, to help you make the best decision regarding your legal rights and the best interest of the child.
Contact our Raleigh law offices by phone at (919) 870-0466 or by e-mail to schedule your initial consultation with our experienced family law attorneys. We look forward to meeting you and working with you.