The process of adoption is exciting but can also be confusing and the legal requirements overwhelming. We are here to help make this major life event easier with expert advice and legal assistance.
In the adoption process, the legal rights and responsibilities of the birth parents are transferred to the adoptive parents. These legal rights are the same as if the individual, whether they are a child or an adult, had been born biologically to the adoptive parents. It is crucial to have an adoption attorney in these matters.
In the case of stepparent adoption – the most common form in the state of Texas – the rights of one of the parents must be terminated before rights can be granted to the stepparent. These rights and responsibilities extend beyond a divorce, should one occur between the parent and stepparent. The parent whose rights are terminated must either be done so voluntarily, or the State has terminated rights due to abandonment, abuse or neglect, or they are deemed unfit to parent. Terminating the rights of a parent is a serious legal matter and it must be proven that there is just cause in doing so in cases where the parent does not voluntarily relinquish their rights.
If you are considering adoption of either a child or an adult, contact us for the experience you need on your side.