Adoption and Terminations in Texas
Adoption in Texas
I am committed to helping parents across Collin County and Dallas, Texas, build new families through adoption. I recognize that many people who remarry want their new spouse to adopt their children from a previous marriage. I am dedicated to helping people with understanding the laws in Texas for stepparents as well as grandparent and inter-family adoptions. Contact me with your questions on stepparent adoption if you live in Dallas, Plano, Denton or surrounding areas.
I assist families with the following adoption processes:
- Inter-family; and
Texas Adoption Laws
The first step in adoptions is terminating the parental rights of the biological father or mother. A stepparent adoption requires one termination. A grandparent adoption requires termination of both biological parents. This process requires the voluntary signing over of parental rights or, if necessary, court intervention to terminate a parent’s rights. When a parent cannot be located, notification through the newspaper may be possible. The termination of parental rights, unless agreed, can be a contentious issue since upon completion it is complete, final, and irrevocable.
I have handled many parental terminations related to stepparent adoption in Dallas, Plano and surrounding cities. In addition, I have handled a number of terminations of parental rights cases unassociated with adoption. A petition for the termination of parental rights can begin before a child is born, but it is unlikely to be granted until a child is at least five days old.
In addition to stepparent adoption issues, I handle:
- Child custody
- Child support
- Post divorce modification of custody
- Post decree modification of support
- Grandparent rights
If you are considering terminating the parental rights of your child’s biological parent for a stepparent adoption, or if you are seeking a grandparent adoption then please contact me for a consultation.