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Terminations and Adoptions

The TX Family Code clearly spells out the ways in which parental rights, privileges and duties may be forfeited by the act of the parent, giving rise to a court action for termination of parent’s rights. While most termination cases are brought by the State of Texas through Child Protective Services, such suits may also be brought by private individuals. If there is a history of drug use, abuse, abandonment, or other actions or omissions by a parent that “endangers the physical or emotional development of a child”, and if termination is in the child’s best interest, a court or jury may terminate a parents rights if they find that the parent has engaged in the alleged conduct, and that termination is in the child’s best interest.

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When my ex- husband filed for divorce and filed for sole custody I felt lost in the legal world. Thanks to the Lord, I found Mary. She fought for me every day. It was a painful and difficult process to divorce and fight for custody but Mary made it easier. She told me exactly what to do and never gave up when things got hard. I love this woman, she's simply the best. Legal Services
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Throughout a 2yr custody battle for primary residence of my stepdaughter, Mary was very prompt, precise and patient in working with us even through the loss of her husband. She was very much involved in every step of the way, even helping us see positive when we'd hear so much negative. Mary stands for what she believes is the best interest and fights even harder. I would most definitely recommend Mary to anyone else needing help, she will stick with you and fight it out. Legal Services
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