The dilemma of unwed fathers and their parental rights

| Jul 22, 2015 | Family Law

If you are the biological father of one or more children and your parental rights are being threatened, you might consider taking legal action immediately. In Texas and other areas of the United States, fast action may be the only thing that can save you and your children from a total relationship failure. Why is there a need for such a swift response? Because many people believe biological fathers do not receive the proper due process when their parental rights are terminated.

A recent entry published on Huffington Post’s “The Blog” outlines the many reasons these biological dads may be undergoing unfair treatment. The results indicate that the nation’s typical system of handling the termination of parental rights may suffer from serious shortcomings. With no foreseeable solution in sight, working with an attorney to preserve their parental rights may be the best path dads can take.

Here are some of the procedural shortcomings as provided by the Huffington Post’s blog entry:

— The father may not be aware of the pregnancy or the birth and is therefore unable to act in time.– Many state putative father registry and acknowledgement of paternity systems offer only a limited time in which to act.– Without proper notice, the father may not have time to prepare an acknowledgement of paternity.– Some states may inappropriately rush through adoption procedures under a “best interest of the child” standard.– The current termination of parental rights legal systems were put into place before advancements in DNA testing.– The U.S. Supreme Court has yet to address many of the issues surrounding the termination of parental rights process.

Whenever possible, children enjoy many advantages of having two active parents in their lives. Texas biological fathers concerned about preserving their parental rights will benefit from discussing their case with an experienced family law attorney.

Source: Huffington Post, “Are Biological Fathers Receiving Appropriate Due Process When Their Parental Rights Are Terminated?,” Brad Reid, July 22, 2015




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