Parental Rights & Adoption Appeals Attorneys in Tustin
Experienced Adoption Appellate Lawyers Serving Parents in Orange County Since 1989
John L. Dodd and his team has more than 30 years of experience helping parents and prospective, adoptive parents in Tustin and throughout the Orange County area. Since 1989, we have handled more than 1,200 criminal and civil appellate matters and established ourselves as one of the few firms that handle only appeals.
In fact, Mr. Dodd is one of only a few certified appellate specialists in Orange County. Unlike larger firms that handle appeals, we will not charge excessive fees to represent you.
Why Choose Our Orange County Adoption Attorneys for Appeals
We also take the time to provide you with the experienced representation and strategic legal counsel you need to move forward. Schedule a case evaluation with one of our experienced Tustin appeals lawyers and allow us to help you assess your chances of successfully obtaining a better outcome in your adoption or parental rights case.
Involuntary Guardianship and Termination of Parental Rights in California
We define “parental rights” cases as those in which a party is seeking either to institute an involuntary guardianship or to terminate parental rights for purpose of an adoption or stepparent adoption.
These are not “regular family law” cases in which the parties disagree over the number of weekends of visitation. These cases decide who, and who will not, be part of your family forever.
What Are the Grounds for Terminating Parental Rights?
If a parent is thought to be neglectful or harmful to their children, they may face an action to terminate their parental rights.
Under California law, grounds for terminating parental rights can include:
- Child neglect or abandonment
- Cruelty and child abuse
- The parent or parents have been convicted of a felony
- The parent or parents are deemed developmentally disabled
- The parent or parents have addiction issues related to alcohol or drugs
How To Reverse Termination of Parental Rights
Once parental rights are terminated, the adult in question is no longer considered a parent for that child - they have no say in the raising of the child, and also are released from parental obligations.
Parental rights terminations are almost always permanent. Reversing a termination of parental rights can only be done if the child has not been adopted after the termination. Additionally, parents need to meet strict requirements to reverse a termination decision.
How An Experienced Appellate Lawyer Can Help
If you need to challenge a decision made by the juvenile courts, it is vital to reach out to our experienced appellate attorney right away. Mr. Dodd is uniquely experienced in these complex proceedings, and he can give you the best chance for success in your appeal.
Uniquely Equipped to Handle Parental Rights & Adoption Appeals in Orange County
Mr. Dodd is a leading California appellate attorney concerning parental rights and adoption appeals.
He has been involved in many of the landmark cases over the last 30 years, representing:
- Adopting parents
- And parents
He understands the serious nature of the appellate issues involved.
We handle writ petitions and all kinds of appeals throughout the State of California. We have demonstrated a high level of experience in appellate matters, and we possess the advanced research and writing skills necessary to help you succeed in your parental rights appeal.
Call Our Tustin Lawyers for Adoption Appeals
Our adoption attorney in Orange County, CA is also very well acquainted with the inner workings of California’s higher courts, so we are equipped to help you stay on top of important deadlines, court dates, and so on.
Our experienced lawyers are dedicated to protecting our clients’ rights and best interests, even in the most complex or emotional cases.
We value your family dynamic and work diligently to appeal unfavorable decisions regarding adoption and your parental rights. Allow our firm to guide you through the legal process.