Assistance With Complex Adoption Proceedings
Adoptions are a joyous and momentous life event for many families. However, they can also be legally complicated. A mistake or mix-up can have wide-ranging consequences.
If you are considering adoption, it is important to consult with a family law attorney to guide you through the process.
Who Can Adopt?
In Texas, any adult who is fit to be a parent can adopt a child. This includes:
- Single parents
- Same-sex couples
- Married couples
For those who are married, both spouses must officially adopt the child unless one spouse is already the biological parent.
There are many legal steps and requirements for pursuing adoption.
In many cases, it is a lengthy and detailed process. For that reason, it is important to consult with a lawyer before embarking on the process.
What Are Some Legal Requirements For Adoption?
For all adoptions, the parental rights of the biological parents must be terminated —meaning they will no longer be a legal parent. This can be done voluntarily or involuntarily. In the case of an infant adoption, the biological parents retain the right to revoke their consent within a certain time frame.
All adoptions also require a home screening to determine whether the adoptive parents can provide a safe, loving and financially stable environment for the child. Adoptions can either be open, meaning the child can contact the biological parents, or closed.