Termination of Parental Rights
Termination of parental rights ends any rights, privileges, and obligations of a parent to his or her child. The termination may be voluntary, such as when a parent relinquishes all rights to their child. It may also be involuntary, as when a parent and another party argue about the custody of the child. Taking a child away from his or her parents is one of the most difficult decisions a court will ever have to make.
There are two sides to every case involving the termination of parental rights: On one side is the party that has accused one or both parents of creating a harmful, abusive, or neglectful environment for the child. On the other side is the parent of the child, who in many cases is fighting to keep custody of his or her child in the event of unfair or misconstrued allegations about his or her level of care.
At the offices of Marshall & Taylor PLLC, we understand that the termination of parental rights is a highly emotional and difficult issue that varies greatly between individual cases. Whether you are fighting to keep your children with you or fighting to help the children of an abusive parent, we can evaluate your case and represent you in court in the best interests of the child.
Our Raleigh termination of parental rights attorneys will listen to your situation and if our team decides to take on your case, we will fight to defend your rights and the right of the child in court. Contact our offices today at (919) 833-1040.
Ground for Termination of Parental Rights
The grounds for termination of parental rights in North Carolina include:
- Abandonment or extreme parental disinterest
- Abuse or neglect
- Mental illness or deficiency of the parent
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Abuse, neglect, or the loss of rights of another child
- Failure to provide support to the child
- Failure to establish paternity
- Child is in need of services
- Termination is in the child’s best interest
- Felony assault of child or sibling
- Murder or manslaughter of a sibling child
- Child willfully left in foster care
- Additional aggravated circumstances
Whether you are in danger of losing custody of your children, or fighting to take a child out of a life-threatening and neglectful home situation, we can help. Our Raleigh divorce lawyers are qualified to handle any case that falls into the realm of child custody.
At Marshall & Taylor PLLC, we understand the complexities and emotional trauma that comes with cases involving custody of a child. If you have any questions, or need to discuss your situation with a knowledgeable and understanding Raleigh divorce attorney, do not hesitate to contact our offices at (919) 833-1040.