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Grounds for Termination of Parental Rights Under Texas Family Law

Texas Family Law and parental rights In Texas Family Law, the most common grounds for termination of parental rights in a step-parent adoption are: Natural parent is deceased; Abandonment of a child or children; Failure to provide support (emotional as well as financial); Imprisonment; or Abuse. To make the step-parent adoption process go as smoothly as possible under Texas Family Law, every effort should be made to gain consent of the absent parent. There many remedies that we can pursue in helping you to achieve this and to make other preparations, including achieving a court order terminating the former parent, if necessary. Provisions in Texas Family Law Some of the provisions outlined in Texas Family Code § 161.001 that can support a termination of the parent-child relationship, if found to be in the best interest of the child, are: Some form of abandonment of the child for a specified period of time where [...]

By | October 22, 2012|Children & Family|

Children and Texas Family Law: What is Reasonable?

Child Custody and Time The term “reasonable” appears at least once in virtually every order involving children in a Texas Family Law divorce or child custody matter. So what does “reasonable” mean? In Texas Family Law, “reasonable” is considered to be what an ordinary person would think it means, without considering the emotional motivation of a parent involved in a Texas Family Law divorce matter. This is a delicate situation that arises with child custody and we offer this article to help parents understand how Texas family courts operate so parents can be better prepared to make decisions in their best interest and in the best interest of their children. Here are two areas where the question, “What is reasonable?” often arises. Reasonable telephone access to your child while he or she is with the other parent  tends to be considered about one time per day and, to some, it could mean less frequently. Why [...]

By | May 18, 2012|Children & Family|

Children in divorce–children’s interests come first

According to the American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry, one out of every two marriages will end in divorce. Parents rightfully worry about their children in divorce and the affect it may have on their children. During this difficult period, parents are naturally preoccupied with the many aspects of the divorce and what it will mean for their future and the future of their children and at the same time, continue to be the most significant influence in the lives of their children. Children are prone to worry and invariably, children in divorce experience it as traumatic. As obvious as that seems, it is not always so obvious what to do for them, and how best to act on your natural concern for children in divorce. One of a child’s primary worries is his or her sense of security. In our Family Law practice, we regard children’s welfare and security as the highest priority and [...]

By | June 20, 2011|Children & Family|