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Termination of Parental Rights

Polk County Grounds for Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights (TPR)

If you are seeking to terminate someone's parental rights, you should be aware that the courts don't take this action lightly. In many cases, parents who haven't had contact with a child in years will suddenly develop an interest and contest the petition when they receive notification of an abandonment action against them.

Getting experienced legal help is often your best option for a successful TPR petition.

At Graves Law Firm, P.C., we have been representing parents in central Iowa on both sides of an action to terminate parental rights. Iowa family law attorney Thomas P. Graves knows the family law codes in Polk County that provide grounds for involuntary termination of parental rights. Furthermore, he knows what judges expect to see in the way of evidence and supporting documentation from the person seeking termination.

When you meet with Mr. Graves, he will give you an honest evaluation of your claim and counsel you objectively about your chances of succeeding or fighting a case for termination of parental rights. Often a previously uninvolved parent will consider agreeing to termination of parental rights when he understands it will mean the end of child support payments.

"Termination of Parental Rights can be difficult to achieve in the courts. Abandonment by the parent is a key issue. Some Judges don't want to terminate, even for cause, unless there's someone out there ready and able to adopt. We can steer you through the legal morass of these cases to a final resolution that's just for your children." - Attorney Tom Graves

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We offer a full range of Iowa family law services for clients throughout central Iowa, including:

  • Adoption
  • Paternity actions
  • Child custody and visitation rights
  • Custody modifications
  • Custodial parent move-away, child relocation petitions

We represent clients in communities throughout central Iowa. Call our offices toll free at 800-708-9765 or 515-309-3776 or contact our Des Moines area paternity law attorney online to arrange a free consultation.

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