There are a few reasons you might be looking into terminating parental rights in California. The most common is that one of the child’s parents is not in the child’s life, and a stepparent wants to adopt the child. You also might be looking to have your child adopted, and you and the child’s other parent want to terminate your rights.
Terminating parental rights is a big step, so make sure it’s one that you are ready to take. And make sure that you fully understand the consequences of your decision. When you terminate your parental rights, you will no longer have any legal ties to the child.
Essentially, by California law you will no longer be considered the child’s parent.
A person can voluntarily give up their rights, or the court can terminate parental rights if it’s brought to their attention that it’s in the best interest of the child. If you are applying to have parental rights terminated, either your rights or the rights of the other parent, you will need to send in a request to the California court asking for a hearing.
You will need to cite one of the following reasons in your petition for termination of parental rights.
An attorney can assist you in petitioning the court for the termination of parental rights.
Terminating parental rights in California is a serious decision, and you probably aren’t taking this decision lightly. Talk with a lawyer about your family’s case by contacting The Law Office of Laurence J. Brock. Reach us through the online form below, or call our firm at 909-466-7661.