CPS Parental Rights Termination
Did Child Protective Services take your children?
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) can seek
to have your parental rights terminated when the investigating agent has
reason to believe that you pose a threat to the safety and wellbeing of
your children. In many cases, the
rights of a grandparent will also be removed. If someone has made a complaint against you to CPS,
an agent will be assigned to investigate your case. Your home and your
children will be examined for any signs that would point to evidence of
child abuse or
child neglect. When any such evidence is found, the agent will most likely move to have
your children removed from your custody.
Laws Regarding Termination of Parental Rights
CPS may choose to petition the court for legal termination of your parental
rights. The judge will rule against you if it can be proven that you have
committed one or more violations of § 161.001(1) of the Texas Family
Code, and that termination is in the best interests of the children.
Examples of actions that would constitute a violation include:
- Knowingly placing or leaving your child in an environment which could pose
a danger to your child's emotional or physical well being
- Engaging in conduct which poses a danger to your child
- Using a controlled substance in a manner that could be construed as placing
your child at risk
The CPS representative will have to provide clear and convincing evidence
against you, but a seasoned
Houston child protective services attorney can help you by challenging any evidence. The sooner you take legal action
to defend your parental rights, the better your chances will be of a successful
Child Protective Services Lawyer in Houston
At Slate & Associates, Attorneys at Law, we know how strongly you feel
about defending your rights as a parent, and we will work tirelessly to
help you fight the case. I have earned a reputation for representing parents
who were under attack from CPS, and I have been named as one of the Top
Family Lawyers in Houston by H Magazine. You can reach us at all hours,
because I recognize that an emergency that threatens your family could
occur at any time of day or night.
Contact a Houston child protective services attorney if you have been threatened with termination of your parental rights and
want to do whatever is necessary to prevent this from occurring.