In Texas termination of parental rights means the parent loses the rights and duties of a parent. There are many reasons that the court may terminate parental rights.
The following are some of the ways a parent may lose their rights and duties of parenthood. We have classed them in two categories, abandonment and endangerment.
Termination of Parental Rights For Abandonment
- voluntarily abandoned the child and expressed an intent not to return;
- abandoned the child without expressing an intent to return, without providing for the adequate support of the child, and remained away for a period of at least three months;
- voluntarily abandoned the child without providing adequate support of the child and remained away for a period of at least six months;
- abandoned the child without providing a way to identify the child;
- voluntarily, and with knowledge of the pregnancy, abandoned the mother of the child beginning at a time during her pregnancy with the child and continuing through the birth.
Termination of Parental Rights For Endangerment
The court may order termination of the parent-child relationship. The court may do so when it finds by clear and convincing evidence that the parent:
- knowingly allowed the child to remain in conditions which endanger the physical or emotional well-being of the child;
- engaged in conduct or knowingly placed the child with persons who engaged in conduct which endangers the physical or emotional well-being of the child;
- been convicted for the death or serious injury of a child;
- failed to support the child in accordance with the parent’s ability during a period of one year ending within six months of the date of the filing of the petition;
- had his or her parent-child relationship terminated;
- been the cause of the child being born addicted to alcohol or a controlled substance, other than a controlled substance legally obtained by prescription.