TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS


          In Florida, terminating the parental rights of a biological parent is a very delicate matter that ends the parent-child relationship, rendering the child free to be legally adopted.  While in some circumstances, a parent wishes to voluntarily relinquish his or her parental rights; in other cases, a court can involuntarily terminate those rights based on allegations of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect.  In either case, it is a serious and complex process that requires the aid of an experienced Termination of Parental Rights attorney.

WHO WE REPRESENT

          Attorney Melissa A. Cordon has represented clients with various interests and goals in Termination of Parental Rights matters, from pursuing a stepparent adoption or relative adoption to defending clients whose parental rights are in jeopardy.  Attorney Melissa A. Cordon has requisite knowledge of and familiarity with the legal issues at play to guide clients through either side of a Termination of Parental Rights legal matter.

WHY YOU NEED A TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS ATTORNEY

          A common misconception among people is that all family law attorneys are equipped to handle Termination of Parental Rights cases.  Yet, the Florida laws, statutes, and regulations governing Termination of Parental Rights are distinct from those of general family law.  Family law attorneys who handle Termination of Parental Rights cases on limited basis may not be accustomed to the specific terms, forms, and procedures necessary to aide their clients in navigating the unfamiliar territory of Termination of Parental Rights law.  

Attorney Melissa A. Cordon has the highly specialized knowledge and experience required to represent families in Termination of Parental Rights matters. 

          The Children’s Legal Services Bureau of the Office of the Attorney General is responsible for litigating Juvenile Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights cases for the Department of Children and Families (DCF) in Broward, Hillsborough, and Manatee Counties.  As a former Assistant Attorney General for the Children’s Legal Services Bureau, Attorney Melissa A. Cordon represented DCF, litigating hundreds of Juvenile Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights cases on behalf of the state. 

          Attorney Melissa A. Cordon’s unique experience has given her an in-depth working knowledge of both voluntary and involuntary Termination of Parental Rights actions, and Attorney Melissa A. Cordon currently receives court appointments for indigent parents in Juvenile Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights actions in Tampa, Hillsborough County.

          If you have questions about a Termination of Parental Rights action, we are here to assist you.  We welcome your inquires and look forward to providing you with the services of an experienced Tampa Termination of Parental Rights attorney.