Just because the court has awarded sole legal custody of a child to one parent or guardian does not mean that the custody is not subject to change. While some parents agree to alter their custody arrangements, this is not always a simple process. It is possible to pursue a termination of parental rights with or without the consent of the other parent or guardian. Check out this overview for more information on reasons to pursue a termination of parental rights and how a family law attorney can help.
Reasons for Termination
The state of Arizona requires in-depth and convincing evidence of inadequate parenting before terminating the rights of a parent without his or her consent. Evidence may include statements from other family members or school officials, the child’s medical records, or the results from a background check on the parent. Some of the most common reasons that the court will terminate parental rights include suspected abuse, suspected neglect, child abandonment, alcohol abuse or addition, drug addiction, and other types of dependency.
Reasons to Hire an Attorney
If you are hoping to terminate the parental rights of your child’s other parent, hiring a qualified attorney can ensure that your case is presented in the most effective way. It is also important to hire an attorney if your former spouse or partner is attempting to terminate your parental rights without valid reason. In the event that your parental rights are terminated by the court, you will not have another opportunity to get them back. For this reason, it is crucial to contact a family law attorney as soon as the request for termination of rights has been made.
The family law attorneys at Blumberg & Associates are devoted to helping you fight for and protect your parental rights. Our discreet attorneys and non-judgmental atmosphere make it easy for you to discuss your case and concerns openly so that we can determine the best way to handle your case. Call us at (602) 277-6180 to set up a consultation with one of our family law attorneys in Phoenix.