This legal research guide provides information on Texas statutes and other resources available in the library and online on the topic of termination of parental rights, often referred to as “relinquishment.”
Below are some of the library resources that can provide further guidance on this topic. The Texas State Law Library has many other resources in addition to the highlights we present below. Please call us at (512) 463-1722 if you have any questions about these materials.
This volume provides the full text of the Family Code, Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, and Texas Rules of Evidence, all with case annotations. Selections of other relevant codes are included, making this a useful one-stop resource.
This title offers discussion of both caselaw and legislation for family law matters, including termination of parental rights. It includes the full text of the Family Code as well as relevant provisions from the Government, Human Resources, and Penal Codes.
Introduction to Termination of Parental Rights
This guide provides an overview of Texas statutes and other resources available in the library and online on the topic of termination of parental rights. When this process is voluntary, it is often referred to as "relinquishment." A court can also order termination of rights which is involuntary. This is a necessary step before the child can be adopted by another parent.
Below you will find references to areas of the Texas Family Code governing termination of the parent-child relationship. If you find these statutes difficult to understand, you may want to look at the "plain English" resources on this page or speak to an attorney.
The DFPS publishes a practice guide aimed at attorneys who are representing Child Protective Services (CPS) in court. Section 5 of the publication deals with terminations of parental rights and contains annotations to case law that has interpreted the Family Code provisions that provide grounds for termination.
This information from Partnership for Legal Access discusses options when one has mistakenly signed an Acknowledgment or Denial of Paternity or didn’t contest paternity in court. It includes sample forms related to terminating the parent-child relationship based on mistaken paternity.
This agency is responsible for investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect. One of the possible outcomes of an investigation by this office is eventual termination of parental rights by a a court.
Legal Research Guides from the Texas State Law Library
The information provided on this page has been prepared for general information purposes only and should not be construed as, nor substituted for, legal advice. It is strongly recommended that you contact an attorney for advice specific to your fact situation. Your local bar association or the State Bar of Texas Lawyer Referral Information Service (1-800-252-9690) can assist you with locating an attorney.
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