You Need a Lawyer if You are involved in a Termination of Parental Rights Case
If you or any acquaintance of yours in southern Nevada—Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, or Mesquite—needs help with prosecuting or defending Termination of Parental Rights, you need to reach out for the best legal assistance immediately.
You need the help of Douglas Crawford Law.
The Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) have an entire chapter dedicated to Termination of Parental Rights, NRS 128. While not a common practice, Termination of Parental Rights is sometimes necessary in order to protect a child. The NRS establishes the structure of how we will progress during the case, with language about petitioning, filing. The NRS also states timelines within which we will have to works. Since the process can be complex, I strongly urge you to reach out to me for solid legal advice so your case is not slowed down because of a missed deadline.
If there is no opposition to your petition, our case can proceed swiftly and smoothly. In most instances this is not the case. If we cannot find the person whose rights you are attempting to terminate, or if you have not been able to contact them for a substantial amount of time, the NRS has a process through which we can work if we cannot find them. If there is opposition from the parent whose rights will be terminated, our strategy will depend upon the situation you find yourself in—every situation is unique.
If you are in a situation where abuse or criminal activity has taken place by the parent whose rights are being terminated, the NRS covers that scenario, too. If you have reached out to CPS or other assistance services, we can use the documents from those organizations to strengthen our case against the other parent. If you are on public assistance and in a difficult place economically, the city and county have services you can use to help yourself and your children. I can help you find those places. No one should have to stay in an abusive situation because they are going through a difficult time with little money or no job.
The state of Nevada wants healthy families, healthy children. Any decision the court makes in a case of Termination of Parental Rights will be in the best interests of the child, in the hopes of giving the child the best possible future. The NRS lists specifically things that can be used to remove the rights of a parent. If you are the parent whose rights are being terminated because of one of these reasons, such as drug or alcohol addiction, I strongly suggest you reach out to me, as well, as we might be able to protect your rights if you are willing to undergo treatment for addictive behaviors. There is a lot of help out there for people willing to do the work, and you will not lose the connection with your children.
Regardless of your situation, once your case is closed we can also have the court documents sealed if that is your wish.
I have over 30 years’ experience in this realm of family law and have seen most everything. Whatever your needs, I will be alongside you as we progress toward getting the best result for you and your children.