Termination is the legal end of the parent-child relationship, and involuntary termination is an extreme measure that implicates constitutional rights. A great majority of these cases are brought by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (commonly known as CPS) but a parent can pursue such an action as well. The legal burden that must be reached to justify termination is great but there are circumstances when it is in the best interest of the child to terminate parental rights. Parents should obtain legal representation to help insure that their children’s best interests are at the forefront of the decision whether to terminate.
The issue also arises in relation to adoption, surrogacy, and gestational agreements where it is most often necessary to terminate the parental rights of the child’s biological parent in order to achieve the intended results of the agreements. These are voluntary terminations and are usually a matter of simply executing certain documents to terminate the relationship. Voluntary termination or involuntary termination may also be sought in conjunction with a stepparent wishing to adopt the child. At Quaid & Quaid, LLC, we will work to protect your rights as a parent.