Termination Of Parental Rights
There are several situations in which one parent — or even the state of North Carolina — may seek to terminate the parental rights of another parent. These include:
- Adoption of a child by another adult following remarriage
- Abandonment of a child by the parent
- Abuse or neglect of a child by the parent
The termination of parental rights (TPR) is a serious legal action with permanent effects on fundamental parental rights. Whether the situation leading to a TPR action is agreeable (such as an adoption by a stepparent) or not, it is important to have experienced legal counsel to guide you through the process and help you understand the rights you may be giving up or seeking to have someone else relinquish.
Advocating For Your Interests
Attorney James H. Cooke has zealously advocated for our North Carolina clients during difficult situations for more than 40 years. He understands from experience working on behalf of parents and families that positive outcomes are the highest priority for anyone involved in a TPR action, but so is a speedy resolution of the legal process.
Most terminations of parental rights can be completed within six months, and many can be finalized within 60 to 90 days.