San Antonio Termination of Parental Rights Attorneys
The beginning stage of any adoption will involve the termination of the parental rights for one or both biological parents, depending on the type of adoption (termination of the custodial parent’s rights is unnecessary in a stepparent adoption). The termination of a parent’s rights is a big decision that is not taken lightly by the court. It is important that the parent understands the legal ramifications of the proceeding and that it is in the best interests of the child.
At the law office of Wilson Brown, PLLC, our Texas adoption attorneys understand that adoption can be a rewarding experience that brings many new opportunities to both adoptive parents and children. We are sincerely committed to guiding clients through the process efficiently and effectively. We also offer sound legal guidance to parents who are facing termination of their parental rights in an adoption proceeding.
Texas Adoption Lawyers in San Antonio — Termination of Parental Rights
Our lawyers can assist in proceedings involving the termination of parental rights. In many situations, the process can be relatively straightforward, especially if the termination is voluntary. However, the process becomes more complex if the biological parent cannot be located or objects to the termination of parental rights.
The process begins with filing a petition and serving notice of intention to terminate parental rights on the biological parent. If the biological parent cannot be located, and all efforts to locate the parent have been exhausted, publicizing the notice in a local newspaper is sufficient. After a necessary waiting period, the court may proceed with terminating rights without response from the other parent.
If a biological parent contests termination of parental rights, it is necessary for the court to determine what is in the best interests of the child. It usually takes strong, convincing evidence — such as abandonment, abuse, or neglect — for a court to determine that a parent who wants to be involved in the child’s life should have his or her parental rights terminated. The court will make a decision based upon the child’s best interests.
Once the rights have been terminated, the next phase of the adoption process may commence.
Why hire us? Our lawyers are conscientious, motivated, sincere, and dedicated to helping you through your legal concerns. Whether you are concerned about the potential termination of your rights, or you need personal and attentive counsel through the adoption process, our attorneys are dedicated to providing the quality representation you need.
Contact a San Antonio Adoption Attorney
If you have questions about the termination of parental rights or about the adoption process, we welcome you to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced family law attorneys.
Contact the team today for a free case evaluation: 210-787-4637.