Voluntary Relinquishment Attorney in Corpus Christi, Texas
One of the ways that parental rights can be terminated is through voluntary relinquishment. This is the active step of letting go of parental rights through an affidavit.
By offering this affidavit to the court, the parent terminates their rights to custody, visitation and access to the child.
There are several reasons why a parent may voluntarily relinquish their parental rights. Sometimes in the case of adoption, the adopting parent will be taking responsibility for the well-being of the child, and the biological parent will no longer be required to fulfill those duties.
In Texas, a court must approve the relinquishment to determine if it is valid and in the best interests of the child.
There are several recognized grounds for voluntary relinquishment:
- Disinterest in raising the child
- Proof of non-paternity
- Adoption of the child being arranged
It should be noted that unwillingness to pay child support is not a valid grounds for relinquishment.
The process of voluntary relinquishment should be handled by an experienced family law attorney, since fundamental parental rights are at stake. If you wish to relinquish your rights as a parent, or are part of an adoption, it is critical that the proper steps are followed for the child’s well-being and future.
Bobby Bourlon is a Texas attorney who has substantial experience with family law matters, and he can help you prepare the affidavit and present it for court approval.
If the relinquishment is part of an adoption, he can assist you with that as well.
Please call today for a free consultation at 361-289-6040.