More Assistance General Information Termination of parental rights is a court order that permanently ends the legal parent-child relationship. Parental right can be terminated voluntarily by the parent s or involuntarily by the court to typically allow an agency, independent, or stepparent adoption to take place. If the other parent does not consent or the whereabouts are unknown to consent for the purposes of adoption, then you will have to file a petition to terminate his or her parental rights, and in most cases, a citation to obtain a hearing date. Forms and Filing There is no court form available to terminate parental rights.
This form sets a court date and tells the other parent they must attend the hearing if they want to oppose the termination. The Clerk of Court will fill in a hearing date when you file this form. Ask the Clerk to set a court date far enough away that will give you enough time to serve the documents.
You will need to serve: This can take days. If you receive public assistance, you must serve the Child Support Office at least 45 days before the hearing.
File the Papers After you fill out the papers, you will need to file them with the family court to open up a case.
If you cannot afford the fee, please see Filing Fees and Waivers to find out how to ask the court to waive the fee. You can file your papers one of three ways: Bring your filing fee and the forms to the Family Courts and Services Center. Be sure to arrive before then. If you cannot come to the court during business hours, you can mail your forms and the filing fee to: Family Courts and Services Center Attn: You must register for an account, you must provide a valid email address, and you must be able to scan and upload your documents.
If you efile your documents, you will be agreeing to be served with future legal documents electronically. Be sure to use an email address that you will check regularly so that you do not miss important legal documents filed in your case. If you would rather receive future legal documents through the U.
Mail, file your documents in person or by mail. The Court does not serve the papers for you. It is up to YOU to make sure your the other parent gets served after you file. After you have completed the steps on this page, learn all about how to have the parent served by visiting the Serving the Termination Papers page.Learn more about the process of terminating parental rights in Pennsylvania from the Chester County family attorneys at Ciccarelli Law Offices.
File the Termination of Parental Rights Papers To petition the court to terminate a parent's rights, there are certain forms you must fill out and file with the court. You can find instructions and all the forms you need to file a termination of parental rights case in this section. (Termination) I want to terminate my rights.
I mistakenly thought I was the genetic father. In certain circumstances, a man mistakenly named as a child’s legal father can ask a court to terminate his parental rights.
This toolkit tells you about filing a mistaken paternity case. FORMS ARE INCLUDED. Home | Forms | Adoption & Termination of Parental Rights Forms Adoption & Termination of Parental Rights Forms This is a list of the adoption and termination of parental rights forms that are available, free of charge, at the Family Law Self-Help Center.
VOLUNTARY RELINQUISHMENT OF PARENTAL RIGHTS State form (R10/) / CW A The records in this series are CONFIDENTIAL according to IC General Information. Termination of parental rights is a court order that permanently ends the legal parent-child relationship. This type of order terminates rights such as inheritance, custody, and visitation, as well as responsibilities regarding child support and liability for the child’s misconduct.