HOW TO TERMINATE PARENTAL RIGHTS IN TEXAS
The parent may see this as the best choice to make especially if the other parent has no desire or ability to take any responsibility for the child. However, termination of parental rights is a difficult process because courts view it as a drastic measure. To get the other parent’s parental rights terminated you must convince the court that this action will be in the best interest of the child.
WHAT THE COURT MEANS BY THE “BEST INTERESTS OF THE CHILD.” To determine what is in the best interest of the child the court will consider the following factors:
• The physical and emotional needs of the child in the present and in the future
• The child’s desire which will be determined after an interview
• Parental abilities of the parties that are seeking custody
• Emotional and physical dangers to the child in the present and the future
• The plans for taking care of child that each party seeking custody presents to the court
• How stable the home or the proposed home of the child is
COMMON GROUNDS FOR TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS There are situations where parental rights termination is more likely. These include:
• Parental abandonment
• History of violence
• Child neglect or abuse
• Placing a child in an environment that mentally or physically endangers the child.
There are additional grounds for parental rights termination but the one’s above are the most common reasons for involuntary parental rights termination.