FORMS/FEES REQUIRED AT TIME OF FILING TO INITIATE TPR
REQUIRED FORMS TO BE FILED PRIOR TO COURT HEARING
Personal Service - Summons and Petition must be served at least 10 days prior to hearing. Publication (constructive notice) - Pursuant to Sec. 48.42(4)(b) Wis. Stats. A Notice under this section shall be published as a Class 1 notice at least 7 days prior to the hearing. Review Sec. 48.42 Wis. Stats. to acquire proper notice. For confidentiality purposes, use only the child’s initials in the publication notice.
A Guardian ad Litem will be appointed for the child by the Court in ALL TPR cases. The same applies for any minor birth parents. If filing for more than one child, submit a completed set of forms for each child but post only one GAL fee for each GAL appointed.
Under Sec. 48.422 Wis. Stats., the TPR hearing shall be held within 30 days of the filing of the petition. Petitioner must serve the Summons and a copy of the TPR petition, with the attached Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act Affidavit, on the parent(s) to be terminated and file the proof of service or proof of attempted service and proof of publication to the Court no later than 48 hours prior to the hearing. Notice of the TPR hearing must be given to the child if 12 years of age or older by service of a Summons and Petition. If the child is 14 years of age or older, they must also appear at the court hearing.
If the petitioner is filing a voluntary termination of parental rights, the terminating parent(s) may give consent before any Judge and sign the “Consent to Termination of Parental Rights (Judicial)” form. If the terminating parent(s) do not wish to go before a Judge, they can still give their voluntary consent by signing the “Consent to Termination of Parental Rights (Affidavit)” form before a Notary Public and two witnesses. The Court will expect the petitioner to present the terminating parent(s) signed “Consent to Termination of Parental Rights (Affidavit)” and “Acknowledgement of Alternatives and Rights” forms at least 48 hours prior to the court hearing. (Refer to sec. 48.41 Wis. Stats.).
Please be advised that court staff cannot give legal advice or assistance. If you do not understand how to prepare the forms or how to properly serve notice to the parties, you are advised to obtain legal help.