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Houston parents have rights revoked after abandoning newborn

Family law courts are in place in order to reach fair settlements and look out for the best interests of those who become ensnared in family related legal disputes, specifically when the best interests of children are in question. When parents are found to be neglectful, or to not be putting the needs of their children first, family law courts may have to make difficult decisions regarding child custody and future parental rights.

For the time being, two Houston parents have had their parental rights for their infant daughter taken away by a family law judge. The newborn was discovered in a grocery bag shortly after her birth, evidently abandoned by her mother and/or father. As of yet, no one has come forward to claim the child, which led a judge to cut the parents’ rights. From the time of the order, the parents reportedly have 30 days before their rights are permanently revoked. It was not reported whether the infant’s parents could face any criminal charges from their apparent desertion of the child.

The family who is fostering the baby, as well as numerous others throughout the country, has expressed an interest in adopting the baby. Any further decisions regarding the child’s future, however, will be put off for the time being. Until she is adopted or her parents come forward, she is in the custody of Texas’ Child Protective Services (CPS) and will reportedly remain with her foster family.

While not all family legal issues arise from abandonment or neglect, they all can be complex and difficult to settle. This is where an experienced attorney can help. Legal representation familiar with the laws and system in your area can ensure your rights are upheld in court and address any concerns or questions you may have throughout the process.

Source: KHOU 11, “’Baby Chloe’ a step closer to permanent home”, May 22, 2013