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When is it Appropriate to Seek Termination of Parental Rights?

Sometimes after a divorce, one parent has little involvement in a child's life. The other parent doing all the work may feel they are better off without the other parent and seek to terminate their rights as parents. One question we get at Puhl Law Group, P.C. is, "When is it Appropriate to Seek Termination of Parental Rights?" This is what usually happens in these circumstances. The couple goes through a divorce and visitation and child support is established. Sometime after, the non-custodial parent, aka the possessory conservator, stops being involved for whatever reason in the child's life. The other parent, known as managing conservator in Texas, decides they would like to terminate the rights of the other parent since the other parent is un-involved with raising the child. One reason they might want to do this is to protect the child from the other parent's on-again/off-again approach to parenting which raises and again dashes the child's hopes for a stable and loving relationship with that parent.  The managing conservator often feels that no relationship with the other parent is better than sporadic interest or harmful contact with the possessory conservator.  They may also consider that repeatedly chasing the other parent for child support is too frustrating. You must first file a lawsuit proving the reasons why you would like to terminate parental rights. There is voluntary and involuntary termination of parental rights. According to Texas Family Code chapter 161, if you seek the involuntary termination of parental rights, you must prove that if the child and parent relationship continues it is dangerous to that child.  This risk must outweigh the downfalls of the other parent raising the child alone.

Michael Puhl | 2017 Texas Super Lawyers List

Michael Puhl, principal attorney at Puhl Law Group, P.C. has been selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list again in 2017. No more than five percent of the lawyers in Texas are selected by Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. Michael Puhl is a divorce lawyer practicing in Dallas, Collin and Denton Counties, with more than 35 years of experience. He is Board Certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

How do I Protect My Child from an Alcoholic Parent?

Along with other key issues including; financial, communication and incompatibility, addiction is one of the top reasons why many couples end up going through a divorce. If you find yourself divorcing, for this reason, you may be wondering how to protect your child from an alcoholic parent. After all, just because you had to put up with the behavior doesn't mean you child should.According to Project Know, 1 in 13 adults, abuse alcohol or have an alcoholism problem. It affects both men and women. It is a problem that many people getting a divorce must deal with. Maybe the addictions were there when you were dating and it didn't bother you or maybe it escalated as the marriage went on. Either way, co-habituating with a spouse with an addiction is difficult and adding children to the mix might just be a deal breaker. Of course, there are other addictions that can ruin a marriage and be extremely difficult on kids, including drugs, gambling, pornography, or even a heavy shopping addiction. It is important to meet with a Board-Certified family lawyer to discuss the issue and guide you through the process of divorcing an alcoholic. Below are some useful tips to help you protect your child.

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