Assistance with Stepparent Adoptions
Adoption can be the most rewarding aspect of the practice of family law. Divorce runs the risk of dividing a family while adoption can unite and add to a family. At Mark Rush Williamson, PC in Dallas, Texas, we assist with the entire process of adoption, including stepparent adoption. We aim to handle the legal aspects of adoption quickly and efficiently so that you and your family can focus on the happy occasion.
In the state of Texas, the first step in a stepparent adoption is the termination of parental rights of the non-custodial biological parent. The biological parent may give up his or her parental rights knowingly, voluntarily, and if it is in the best interest of the child. The biological parent must be formally notified of the intent to adopt, or if after reasonable efforts, the biological parent cannot be found, publication in a newspaper is sufficient.
Consent of Children Over Age 12
It is important to note that a stepparent adoption involving a child over the age of 12 involves the consent of that child. The child must essentially agree to the adoption. In addition, to better help that child understand the meaning and impact of the stepparent adoption, he or she may be required to attend counseling based on the situation.
Once that process of terminating parental rights is completed, your attorney at Mark Rush Williamson, PC will serve as your advocate and throughout the entire adoption process. There are many legal steps that need to be taken in establishing a new and rewarding family relationship. Your lawyer will be at your side the entire time.
If you are looking to make a stepparent relationship into a legal parental relationship, our stepparent adoption attorneys can help you. For more information, or to schedule an appointment regarding stepparent adoption, please contact us.