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How to Terminate a Parent’s Parental Rights in Texas: A Comprehensive Guide

by | Jul 15, 2023 | Termination of Parental Rights

Hello, dear reader! We’re Erica Rose and Charles Sanders of the Rose Sanders Family Law Firm, and we’re committed to helping you navigate the complex maze of family law in Texas. Our office, based in Houston, is always open to those in need of legal advice. If you ever need assistance, do not hesitate to contact us at (713) 221-3773.

One of the more challenging situations that parents might face involves the termination of parental rights. This is a grave and profound decision, one that permanently alters the legal relationship between a parent and child. It’s not a process to be taken lightly or without a deep understanding of the involved factors. Today, we’re here to provide a comprehensive guide on how to terminate a parent’s parental rights in Texas.

Understanding Parental Rights

In Texas, parental rights involve responsibilities and entitlements connected to the rearing and care of a child. These rights include, among others, the right to make decisions regarding a child’s education, health care, and religious upbringing. However, these rights can be terminated if a court finds that doing so would serve the best interests of the child.

Grounds for Termination of Parental Rights

The Texas Family Code specifies situations where parental rights can be terminated. These include:

  1. Endangerment: This involves cases where a parent has engaged in conduct or knowingly placed the child with persons who engage in conduct that endangers the physical or emotional well-being of the child.
  2. Abandonment: If a parent has left a child without expression of intent to return, the court may deem this as a ground for termination.
  3. Failure to support: Not providing for the child as per court orders or the child’s basic needs for a certain period can result in termination.
  4. Parental misconduct: Serious misconduct such as criminal behavior resulting in the child being a victim, or repeated use of substances resulting in an inability to care for the child, are grounds for termination.

The Legal Process

The process begins with filing a lawsuit. It’s important to note that terminating parental rights in Texas typically involves two steps. First, it must be proven that the parent has engaged in one or more acts or omissions that warrant termination as per Texas law. Secondly, it must be shown that termination is in the best interest of the child.

Your Rights and Responsibilities

As a parent facing the prospect of having your parental rights terminated, it’s crucial to understand your rights. You have a right to be notified of the proceedings, to be represented by an attorney, and to contest the termination.


Navigating the termination of parental rights is a challenging and emotionally charged process. It’s important to approach this matter with the assistance of an experienced family law attorney who can guide you through every step of the process, ensuring the best interests of the child are kept in focus.

The Rose Sanders Family Law Firm is always ready to assist you in such critical situations. Erica Rose and Charles Sanders are experienced family law attorneys, well-versed in the intricacies of Texas Family Law. Call us today at (713) 221-3773 to schedule a consultation or for more information. We are here to help you.

Disclaimer: The information in this blog post does not constitute legal advice and is intended for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with the Rose Sanders Family Law Firm. If you need advice regarding your specific situation, please contact a licensed attorney.

Remember, every situation is unique, and the general information in this blog may not be applicable to your circumstances. Please seek the advice of an attorney before making any decisions about your legal rights and responsibilities.