Termination of Parental Rights
Termination of parental rights is a critical first step that needs to be taken in a variety of situations. When a stepparent wants to adopt their spouse’s biological child, the rights of the other biological parent must be terminated. When a grandparent has guardianship of a grandchild, has become the de-facto parent and wants the rights that go along with that role, the biological parents’ rights must be terminated. At the Law Office of Michael L. Seidman, we can assist in these and all other situations. With more than 35 years of experience on our side, we know how to navigate through this emotional and challenging process.
Call us at 661-520-5214 or contact us by e-mail to schedule a free consultation. We are lawyers dedicated to protecting your immediate and long-term interests, as well as those of the child you care about.
Abandonment and Termination
Child abandonment is one of the issues that could lead to termination of parental rights. If a child has been left with a non-parent for six months or more with no contact or support, that constitutes abandonment. If a child has been left with the other parent for one year or more with no contact or support, that constitutes abandonment.
Other issues can lead to termination of parental rights as well. For example, if a parent was convicted of a felony or did something else that clearly demonstrated that he or she is unfit to have future custody or control of the child, a termination request may be granted.
The Goal: To Do What Is in the Best Interests of the Child
Whether you are a grandparent just seeking guardianship and interested in learning more about termination of parental rights, or you are a stepparent interested in stepchild adoption, our lawyers understand that you simply want to do what is best for the child you love. That is our goal as well. We will educate you about your options. We will assist with the termination of the biological parents’ rights and help with any steps that may follow, including adoption.