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Termination of Parental Rights

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Family law is a complex area of the law in Arizona, and almost every case requires the attention and assistance of a highly experienced legal representative. At the Law Office of Steven N. Cole, we can help you in your family law case. Our founding attorney, Steven N. Cole, has received numerous awards throughout his years in practice. One such award is his inclusion in the Arizona Bar Foundation Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys of Arizona every year since 2001.

When you are facing termination of parental rights, or you believe the other parent of your child is not fit to maintain parental rights, we are here to help. With decades of experience on our side and a thorough knowledge of the law, we can help to ensure the best interests of your child are being upheld. Let us work with you to pursue the best course of action and fight for your rights as a parent.

Grounds for Termination of Parental Rights

Arizona law takes parent-child relationships seriously, and it takes the well-being of the child even more seriously. Due to this, there are several different circumstances in which you could lose your parental rights. Essentially, the grounds for termination of these rights are if the parent is found to be abusive or incompetent.

Specific cases where parental rights could be terminated include:

  • Child abandonment
  • The father fails to file a paternity claim
  • Willful neglect or physical abuse of the child
  • The parent is incarcerated and, thus, no longer able to care for the child
  • The parent suffers from a mental illness or has a history of neglect or abuse

An addiction to alcohol or drugs will impair a parent's ability to care for children and, sometimes, a parent's mental stability may be a problem. If you are concerned about your child's safety, contact the Law Office of Steven N. Cole for a free initial consultation. Our divorce lawyer in Phoenix will provide vigorous litigation to help you protect your children under any circumstances.

Is Your Child Being Abused?

Since abuse, neglect, or abandonment could harm a child physically and emotionally, the court will act in the child's best interest when a case is brought forth. Whatever the situation, we are here to help. We will pursue your case assertively to protect your child's well-being and your rights as a parent. In some cases, one parent may seek the termination of another parent's child custody and visitation rights on the grounds that the accused parent did not "maintain a normal parental relationship with the child." In other cases, one parent may accuse the other of outright child abuse.

If you believe that the other parent of your child is abusive or too incompetent to care for your child, we are here to help. We know the laws concerning parental rights, and we know what it takes to help ensure the safety of your children. Our divorce lawyer in Phoenix has been serving local residents for more than two decades, and we know what it takes to achieve success.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

Cases that involve child abuse, abandonment, and neglect deserve the most aggressive legal tactics available. Our firm has been achieving results for our clients for over 25 years. We know how to utilize our many resources to effectively investigate your case, and we know how to achieve results in the courtroom. Attorney Steven Cole dedicates 90% of his practice to litigation alone, so he knows what is effective in the courtroom and what is not.

When you choose us, we will offer an open and honest evaluation of your case, including possible strategies you could pursue and an assessment of your legal standing. Get a free case evaluation from the Law Office of Steven N. Cole today and have your case evaluated by a Phoenix divorce attorney with decades of experience. When you are ready, contact our office at (480) 725-3355 for the representation that you need.

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  • “An attorney with results!”

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  • “Steven is professional, honest, listens, and answered all my questions promptly.”

    Stewart L.

  • “His staff was easy to work with. Overall a great experience.”


  • “He handled my custody case with care.”


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  • “Vicki always is always so sweet and makes sure that she helps me also.”

    Christine S.

  • “He is the best and I'm confident you will get justice if you find yourself in a similar situation like I was.”


  • “His kindness, attention to detail, and persistence in all aspects, embody his genuine character and passion for success.”

    Dr. Mustafa

  • “Steven and his office can remember your name first hand when you call and when you arrive at there office.”


  • “Excellent, really!”

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  • “He almost took it on a personal level to make sure things were done right and in a timely manner. ”

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  • “Knowledgeable, experienced and gets it done.”


  • “I lucked out and picked the right attorney that matched my integrity.”

    David W.

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