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Termination of Parental Rights in Tennessee
There are many reasons why a parent may face the legal termination of their parental rights. Sometimes, it’s voluntary, like in the case of enabling a stepparent adoption. In these cases, your ex-spouse may get remarried and their new partner may want to adopt your shared child. Sometimes, it’s involuntary. Either way, skilled legal representation can make sure your rights are protected throughout this arduous process.
Attorney Jodi Loden is experienced in many different areas of family law including juvenile law, termination of parental rights and adoption laws. She is passionate about advocating for children and making sure their rights are represented throughout emotionally stressful situations. Jodi will treat your case with compassion and work diligently to do what is right for you and your family.
Voluntary Termination Of Parental Rights
There are many good and loving reasons that a parent may willingly give up their parental rights. For example, if they know that they aren’t in a good position to care for their child, they may give their child up for adoption. Terminating parental rights, even voluntarily, can be an emotionally difficult process. Along with filing a petition, you must also contact the putative father registry to verify any claims to the paternity of the child. Next, the Court will appoint a guardian ad litem for the minor and within 30 days of the hearing, they will enter a ruling.
Whether you’re entering court proceedings or are about to file for termination of your parental rights, an experienced family law attorney can help ensure you follow the correct procedures. At Peterson White LLP, we strive to defend your rights with integrity. We will be honest with you every step of the way and help you understand your options.
Adoption Laws in Tennessee
There are many reasons people decide to adopt a child in Tennessee. The process can be arduous for an unprepared individual. The state has a few laws that affect adoption eligibility and dictate the process.
American Adoptions states that a person must be a resident of the state for at least the past six consecutive months and be at least 18 years old. However, the law does not stipulate that the adoptive parent must be married. LGBT parents and singles can adopt a child. Keep in mind that both spouses must meet the eligibility requirements for married couples.
It is essential to obtain the birth parent’s legal consent before the execution of the adoption. This means waiting 72 hours after birth, an appearance before a judge and signing the legal documents. Keep in mind that the birth parent can revoke their consent up to 10 days after the adoption execution.
The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services has a list of frequently asked questions including how to adopt an infant, older children and those in the foster system. Parents cannot meet the prospective child until they have been selected for adoption. Foster parents seeking to adopt the children they foster are the exception.
In many cases parents can select the age range of the child or group of siblings they wish to adopt. The state has an online resource with children in need of adoption. The state keeps the best interests of the child or sibling group in mind when considering adoption selection of parents.
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When what matters most is at stake, call Peterson White LLP. We offer honest representation and guidance every step of the way. Send us an email or call us at 855-919-4124.