Stepparent Adoption Basics

Posted By Hunt Law Firm, PLLC || 29-Dec-2015

Being a child’s stepparent can be an incredibly rewarding and emotionally enriching experience. As stepparents become a larger and more important part of their child’s life, they may wish to obtain legal parental rights through adoption.At Hunt Law Firm, Attorney Alex Hunt and his skilled team are dedicated to helping their clients resolve their family law matters.

To learn more about stepparent adoption, call (832) 781-0320 today for a confidential initial consultation.

What Are The Benefits of Adopting Your Stepchild?

In Texas, you may only adopt a minor stepchild if their other biological parent is deceased, willing to sign documents agreeing to the adoption, is unknown or absent, or their rights have been terminated by a court. Therefore, one of the major benefits of adopting your stepchild is to give them another legal parent who is actively involved in their life. Other benefits include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Ability of the child to inherit from adoptive parent
  • Establish a new name for the child
  • Right to make decisions regarding health care
  • Right to make religious and educational decisions

Hunt Law Firm can help you bring your family together. Get started now by contacting the firm.

What Is The Texas Stepparent Adoption Process?

  • Filing a Petition to Adopt – like many other legal matters, the adoption process starts with filing paperwork with a family court. A Katy stepparent adoption attorney will be able to guide you through this step, and can make sure everything is filed properly.
  • Termination of Parental Rights – the second step in the adoption process requires the child’s other biological parent to sign an agreement which terminates their parental rights (if they are known/alive). If they refuse, the case will go to court, where a judge will decide whether or not termination should occur and whether an adoption is in the child’s best interests.
  • A Social Study is Performed – next, the court will order a social study to be performed, in which a qualified evaluator will look at financial and employment background information, conduct an initial screening, and make observations about the home and environment.
  • Appointment of the Amicus Attorney – In Texas, an Amicus Attorney is typically appointed to essentially repeat much of the social study. This is a third-party, unbiased lawyer who will make their recommendation as to whether or not the adoption will be in the best interest of the child.

Call Hunt Law Firm Today

Adopting a stepchild can be a wonderful and life-changing experience, but the process can be complex and time-consuming. For this reason, it is crucial to secure skilled representation from a Katy stepparent adoption lawyer who is dedicated to the interests of you and your family. At Hunt Law Firm, PLLC, Attorney Hunt and his team offer personal, one-on-one attention that is aligned with your goals.

For a compassionate, dedicated attorney, call Hunt Law Firm, PLLC today at (832) 781-0320.

Categories: Family Law, Child Custody