You are here: SEVERANCE: PERMANENT TERMINATION OF THE PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP
You are a person who has a legitimate interest in the welfare of one or more children,
who are present in this state (or in another state if placed there by order of this
You want a court order to permanently terminate the legal rights, privileges, duties
and obligations between one or both parents and one or more of their children (except
the right of the children to receive support and to inherit from the parent(s));
The parent or parents whose rights you want to terminate have neglected, abused,
or abandoned the child through failure to support and maintain reasonable contact,
AND/OR The parent or parents are unable to fulfill the responsibilities of parenting due
to mental illness, lack of mental capacity, or chronic drug or alcohol abuse, and
there are no reasonable grounds to believe those conditions will change in the foreseeable
AND/OR The parent(s) are deprived of civil liberties or incarcerated due to conviction
of a felony of a type regarded as proving unfitness, such as a violent crime against
the other parent or another child, or the sentence is so long that the children
would be deprived of a normal home for a period of years,
The person thought to be or who claims to be the father did not file a claim of
paternity or a court case to establish paternity as prescribed in A.R.S. Section
The parent or parents have signed papers to relinquish their rights to the children
to an agency or to consent to adoption.
The identity of the parent is unknown and continues to be unknown following three
months of diligent efforts to identify and locate the parent.
The parent has had parental rights to another child terminated within the past two
years for reasons identical to those to be raised in this case and unable to discharge
parental duties for those same reasons.
NOT use this packet to cut off or give up your own parental
This packet contains court forms and instructions about filing a petition in the
Juvenile Court to permanently terminate (or "sever") parental rights.
File for Severance of Parental Rights - Instructions & Forms
Instructions and procedures for Filing for Severance of Parental Rights
Petition for Permanent Termination of Parental Rights
Notice of Initial Hearing
Waiver of Notice of Hearing