1. Determine if termination of parental rights is necessary.
This is necessary if the parent in question has not met their parental responsibilities, and/or poses a risk to the child’s safety and well-being.
2. Understand the North Carolina laws governing TPR.
Familiarize yourself with all North Carolina laws relating to TPR, including requirements for the filing of complaints, the types of evidence that may be used in court proceedings, and any other relevant legal matters.
3. File a complaint with the court and serve notice to the parents involved.
The complaint must include all relevant information about the case, as well as evidence that supports the need for TPR. All parties involved in the case should be served with notice of the filing and any subsequent hearings or mediations.
4. Attend any mandatory hearings or mediations related to the TPR process.
Mediations are often held to discuss potential solutions or agreements that can be reached outside of court. In some cases, these may take the place of a trial.
5. Obtain any required court orders or legal documents relating to the TPR process.
This includes any orders that are needed to terminate a parent’s rights, as well as other documents such as contracts and agreements.
6. Ensure all parties have a clear understanding of their rights, roles, and responsibilities throughout the TPR process.
All parties should understand their rights and any obligations that they must fulfill in order for the termination of parental rights to be successful.
7. Make sure all forms have been properly completed and signed by those involved in the case
All forms must be filled out completely and signed by those involved in order for the process to move forward.
8. Secure sufficient evidence for use during each step of the proceedings.
Evidence may include testimony, documents, or any other type of proof that is relevant to the case.
9. Appear at trial where decisions on parental rights will be made.
The trial will give the judge an opportunity to hear all relevant evidence and make a decision on the termination of parental rights.
10. Follow up on cases as needed.
In some cases, it may be necessary to follow up on the case in order to ensure that all parties are abiding by court orders or other agreements related to the termination of parental rights. This may include sending out reminder notices, scheduling additional hearings, or taking any other necessary action.