Answers To Frequent Questions About Adoption

As part of my complete range of Texas family law services, I have been privileged to assist parents through the adoption process. Whether adopting a stepchild after marriage or remarriage or building a family through the adoption process, the process starts with getting your questions answered.

As A Texas Family Law Attorney, Adoption Is An Important Part Of My Practice Divorce lawyers don't always get to see clients during the best times of their lives. But helping a couple successfully navigate the adoption process is one of the most joyful parts of my career. I start by giving you answers to your Texas adoption FAQs.

I have compiled a handful of the most frequently asked questions I hear from prospective parents. Of course, each case is unique, so please call my office in Fort Worth, Texas, at 817-381-9905 or contact me by email to arrange an opportunity to discuss your particular questions and concerns.

Q. What advantage is there to adopting my stepchild after marriage?

A. Many couples come into marriage with a child from a previous marriage or relationship. While the biological parent continues to hold all legal rights regarding the health and welfare of the child, the stepparent does not automatically assume those same rights. That means the stepparent may not make decisions about the child's health care, or even have the right to visit the child in the hospital, in the event of injury or illness. Sometimes the step-parent has a closer relationship to the child than the biological parent. Adopting the stepchild ensures that the parent-child relationship that forms between a step-parent and a child is formalized into a permanent legal bond.

Q. What if my spouse's ex-husband still has parental rights over my stepchild?

A. You may not adopt your stepchild unless or until the child's other parent's parental rights are terminated by the court.

Q. May I adopt my grandchild?

A. Adoption by an extended family member is common, but only if neither parent retains parental rights. Conservatorship—either temporary or permanent-- may be an option if the child's parent is unable or unwilling to serve in a parental role.

Q. What if I know a pregnant woman who is willing to give up her baby to me for adoption?

A. That is a wonderful circumstance for you but you should not take in the child without first talking with an attorney. Even in cases when the parties agree to the adoption, there are still

many laws that apply regarding the health and welfare of the child. For example, you are not allowed to take a child out of the state in which the child is born without first taking care of the legal requirements. Please do not take anything for granted. Talk to an experienced adoption lawyer.

Contact My Office To Learn More

Call my office in Fort Worth to arrange a consultation to discuss your specific questions about adoption. You can also use the convenient email contact form to explain your circumstances. I will respond as quickly as possible to arrange a consultation.