I have joint legal custody w/ him now but want to terminate his rights all together. He has been in & out of jail & currently serving 2 years for theft of gov. property. He has charges of battery w/ his current wife. He is a conficted felon. His whole family are confected felons & I dont feel comfortable w/ my daughter with him/his family? His father has recently called saying that they will see her no matter what. How can I terminate any rights and protect her? My daughters doc refered her to a psychologist because of the issues her father and granfather have caused. The grandfather plays up the broken promises and sneaks letters in from jail to read to her. I have saved any cards for her until she is older bc she is too young to understand the dif. between the lies & the truth. Thanks
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I advise that you hire a family law attorney as soon as reasonably possible. Without opening this up to a back-and-forth discussion of your facts, it is not clear if you and the father are divorced or if paternity, legitimation, etc., is all that has occurred. Either way, it sounds as if there was already a court action providing for joint legal custody. In that event, you could initiate an action in juvenile court to attempt to terminate the rights of the father. Keep in mind that termination of rights, per Ga statutes, requires a showing that by doing so, the child would not be left destitute, lacking in food, clothing, proper shelter, etc.. Based on the facts presented herein, it looks like you may (though I'm not saying it's certain) have a sufficient basis for seeking such.
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Lawsuit / Dispute Attorney
I'll bet the Georgia statutes provide grounds for an involuntary termination of parental rights. Texas has such provisions. Find an experienced family law attorney in Augusta and get in to discuss the situation immediately. While he is in jail is a great time to do it. The fact that he is a convicted felon, has battery charges pending, and your child is seeing a counselor because of the issues should work to either terminate his rights or severely limit his access and that of his family. If his dad is making such statements, tell the attorney. The grandfather needs to pulled up short.
I am not intending this to be legal advice, because I don't know the particulars of your situation. Call me if you would like to discuss this or other isues.
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Personal Injury Lawyer
You should speak with a qualified family law attorney. A court will not terminate his legal rights simply because you don't want to have to deal with him; however, there are circumstances in which parental rights can be terminated. Review Article 2 of Chapter 11 of Title 15 of the Georgia Code (linked below).
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Courts rarely terminate rights as that also eliminates support, but you may have grounds to change custody and visitation. Meet with a good family law attorney in your area to determine the best strategy.
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