Your child’s safety should always come first. Unfortunately, your child’s other parent may not always take that value seriously. What’s worse, even after a divorce or separation, your ex might still have access to your child due to a custody agreement. This is exceptionally stressful, especially if you left for the safety of yourself and your family. It’s great if your child can have a relationship with both parents. However, this isn’t always possible, especially when your child’s mental or physical health is at risk. Under circumstances like these, the expert attorneys at DER will fight for the termination of your ex-partner’s parental rights.

The termination of the parent’s parental rights ends the legal parent-child relationship. However, it can be difficult to involuntarily terminate the rights of only one parent when neglect or abuse is present. You can be unfairly associated with encouraging the harm of your child. So we will use our attorney’s collective efforts to show you’ve done everything within your power to protect your child. With our help and your testimony, we will help keep your child safe and away from their abusive or neglectful parent.

Factors for Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights

There are many factors such as abuse and neglect that may result in the termination of parental rights. Factors that may justify the termination of parental rights include failure to comply with a court-ordered plan, encouraging the child to commit a crime, suffering from a long-term illness, or having long-term alcoholism or a drug dependency. 

The court also considers many elements when determining if child abuse is occurring. These factors include severe or chronic physical, sexual, or psychological abuse or torture, felony conviction of a parent for a violent crime towards the child, or child neglect, and extreme parental disinterest. These are just a few of the factors that can lead to the termination of parental rights. If any of this abuse occurs when both you and your partner were in the home, you may both lose parental rights.

Voluntary Termination of Parental Rights

Although it’s uncommon for a parent to voluntarily terminate their rights, it can certainly happen. Your partner can decide to terminate their parental rights. Then they will no longer be responsible for that child. Legally, they will be like strangers. This is an easier solution than involuntary termination; however, it is completely up to your partner. There is no guarantee that your partner will be willing to agree to this. If they don’t,  Davis, Ermis, & Roberts, P.C., will help you gather the right resources and information to pursue involuntary termination of parental rights.

Your Child May Face Foster Care or Adoption

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services may decide that the best option for the child is to be taken away from you and your partner. The child may be put up for adoption or go into foster care. The DFPS puts the interests of the child first, sometimes without considering the argument of the parent that was powerless in the abusive relationship. Davis, Ermis, & Roberts, P.C. will do everything to defend your case and keep the rights to your child.

Keep Your Family Safe and Together 

We will work tirelessly to help you through these challenging times. Contact us today for an initial consultation. Together, we will create a plan to keep your child safely in your arms and far away from their abusive parent. Rest assured that your voice will be heard when you work with us.