If you’re like most parents, then you want to support your child. In some cases, though, it’s better to end the relationship between a parent and a child than to continue a traumatic situation. During divorce proceedings, there are options to terminate parental rights. Termination means that the parent is no longer responsible for the child and can no longer make decisions for them. A Santa Rosa termination of parental rights lawyer can help you navigate this complex process.
There are two different types of parental termination – voluntary and involuntary. Voluntary termination is usually done by one parent on behalf of another. Involuntary termination usually involves an investigation by a state agency into claims of abuse or neglect.
The Carroll Law Office has seasoned attorneys with decades of experience in family law. We understand that every family is different and requires an individualized and unique approach. Cases regarding guardianship proceedings can be complicated, confusing, and overwhelming. We take pride in our one-on-one relationships with our Santa Rosa clients and their families.
In certain situations, one or both parents voluntarily give up their rights. Specific instances include:
In California, there are also certain circumstances where parental rights are involuntarily relinquished. This can occur when:
Deciding to terminate a parental relationship can be a heavy emotional burden on all parties involved. It’s important to have a reliable and compassionate attorney by your side to understand your unique situation. Ensuring a positive outcome for your children and family is incredibly important. An attorney can help provide solutions during such a stressful time.
Your relationship with your child is special, and it deserves your care and attention. Let a family lawyer attend to the complex documents and procedures so you can have space to navigate a complicated situation. The attorneys at the Carroll Law Office can craft a specific solution to fit your needs.
A court may get involved with terminating parental rights if one of the following issues occur:
Sometimes, a parent might have second thoughts after starting the voluntary termination process. If the paperwork has not yet been filed with the California Department of Social Services, the parent can request one of two actions:
To prove a parent’s absence to terminate their parental rights, the parent must have no contact with the child for six months or more. They must also not financially support the child. If these criteria are met, then the custodial parent can file a petition to revoke the absent parent’s rights.
In Santa Rosa, terminating parental rights must occur through a court order. A voluntary termination must result in an adoption of the child, either through a stepparent or an adoption agency. An involuntary termination can only be filed if there is a specific reason why the parent is no longer fit to care for their child, such as:
Unlike other procedures, you cannot fill out a court form to start the parental rights termination process. The process requires either the custodial parent or an attorney to write a petition to the court. Next, you would schedule a hearing. Due to the complex nature of filing a parental rights termination request in Santa Rosa, we recommend working with an attorney to ensure that you submit accurate and effective documents.
If an individual’s parental rights are involuntarily terminated, then there is currently no formal way to recover them. Depending on the circumstances of the case, the court may allow the individual to have limited visitation rights. Negotiating this arrangement can be difficult, so contacting an attorney can give you a good idea of what your options are.
Whether you’re considering voluntary or involuntary parental rights termination, the process can be daunting. We offer innovative solutions for unconventional family situations. Schedule an appointment with the Carroll Law Office to meet with an attorney and tell your unique story.
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