It is not unusual for couples in second (or subsequent) marriages to blend their families completely by pursuing adoption through a formal legal process. Often referred to as stepparent adoption, the process requires very precise legal steps.
Stepparent adoption in Texas is a legal process that can become frustrating and confusing if the slightest detail creates doubt about custody or parenting rights. Start by getting your questions answered at the Tracton Law Firm, PLLC , in Sugar Land. I have more than 35 years of experience helping families move their adoption through the Texas court system efficiently and successfully.
Legal Requirements For Adopting A Stepchild
If you are considering adopting a child or children from your spouse’s previous marriage, you will have to meet special requirements, including legally terminating the parental rights of the other biological parents, if he or she retains parenting rights. Termination of a biological parent’s rights can be a contentious issue since once terminated, the loss of rights is final and irrevocable. However, it is an essential step in the adoption process.
Texas also requires a social study to determine if the stepparent is suitable for possession and access. There may also be some additional legal hurdles, such as when a biological parent cannot be located, or does not want to give up their parental rights.
You Will Always Know How Your Case Is Progressing
You can be confident that I will pursue positive results for you, while keeping you fully informed about the progress of your case, as it moves through the system. When you hire me, I will work diligently to:
- Listen to your concerns and answer your questions about the stepparent adoption process in Texas
- Settle your stepparent adoption issues, including handling all matters related to termination of parental rights