|Adoption, Domestic Abuse and Termination of Parental Rights
Washington County Family Law AttorneysIn addition to representing clients with divorce, child support or child custody issues, we also have experience with several other areas of family law, including adoption, domestic abuse and termination of parental rights. We realize that these issues will lead to many questions, and we will take the time to explain your options. We want you to be able to make an informed decision to allow you to resolve your situation as efficiently as possible.
Please contact the lawyers at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A. by phone at 651-379-3024 or by email to schedule a free consultation to discuss your family law concerns. AdoptionAdoption is the most permanent option when dealing with a situation where parents are unable to care for their children. Adoptions include step-parent adoptions, relative adoptions, agency adoptions, international and direct-placement adoptions. Adoption is a permanent resolution and a complex process. If you are considering adoption, it is imperative that you speak with an attorney first to determine how best to proceed.Domestic Abuse“Domestic abuse” means actual or imminent fear of physical harm, bodily injury or assault, or terroristic threats, when committed against a household or family member. In Minnesota, if you are the victim of domestic abuse, you can petition the court for an Order for Protection. An Order for Protection (OFP) is a Court order that will help protect you from domestic abuse, by ordering the abuser to stop harming or threatening you or your children and to keep him or her away from your residence, place of employment, school or other locations frequented by you and/or your minor children.
When a Petition for an Order for Protection alleges an immediate and present danger of domestic abuse, the court may grant an ex parte (emergency) order for protection. The person against whom the order for protection is filed may request a hearing to contest the order for protection, if he or she wishes to deny the allegations. Termination of Parental RightsThere are many circumstances that can lead to termination of parental rights. The county, or a private party, may ask the court to terminate a parent’s parental rights, if they believe the child is in need of protection. A parent’s rights may not be terminated, unless the court determines by clear and convincing evidence the existence of one or more factors set forth by Minnesota law.
To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced family law attorneys, call 651-379-3024 or contact us by email.
Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A.
990 Inwood Avenue North
Oakdale, Minnesota 55128
Toll Free: 877-379-0012
Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A., with offices in Oakdale and Braham, represent clients with their family law, criminal defense, tax law and probate concerns in Ramsey, Hennepin, Washington, Scott, Carver, Dakota, Isanti, Kanabec, Pine and Chisago counties including, but not limited to, the communities of St. Paul, Minneapolis, Eagan, Hastings, White Bear Lake, Woodbury, Maplewood, Inver Grove Heights, Bloomington, Edina and Cambridge.