One common form of adoption is stepparent adoption. When you have helped raise your spouse’s child, it is natural to want to formalize the bond that already exists. A stepparent adoption combines two steps into one: it terminates the legal relationship with the noncustodial/absent parent and creates the legal relationship with the stepparent.
Sometimes the adoption can be done with the noncustodial parent’s approval, while other times it can be a contentious process. The decision should always be based on what is best for the child. Furthermore, the courts will always be averse to terminating a relationship that is beneficial for the child. The Texas Family Code (www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us) lays out the possible reasons for a termination in Chapter 161.
One of the more time-intensive steps is completing the required home study. In a stepparent adoption, the home study can usually be completed by a social worker after one visit. Once the home study and necessary documents have been completed and filed with the court, the hearing can be held for the adoption.
At your preference, we encourage family and friends to attend the adoption hearing, as it is an enjoyable experience and a day you will remember forever.
If you are a grandparent wanting to adopt your grandchild, we can help. There can be several reasons for adopting a grandchild. Some of those include you are already raising your grandchild, allowing the child to be eligible for Inheritance rights and Social Security benefits. A grandparent will often have difficulty providing health coverage, enrolling children in school and other activities without the parents’ consent or a legal guardianship. Adopting your grandchild is another way to ensure you are able to provide the best care for them. In order to adopt a grandchild, the relationship between the child and his biological parents must first be terminated. A termination suit can happen simultaneously with the adoption suit. If you would like more information on adopting your grandchild, we would love to meet with you. We can help connect you with an agency to handle your home study and background checks, and we will walk you through the entire process.
Through an adult adoption, a legal relationship can be created where one previously did not exist. In Texas, there are two primary reasons why people seek adult adoptions. First, an adult adoption can help to solidify an important familial bond by formalizing a parent-child relationship. Additionally, through an adult adoption, inheritance rights can be established. Adult adoptions share some important commonalities with child adoptions—the process is similar, a court will issue a new birth certificate, and an existing parent-child relationship will be extinguished.
While Texas courts give the parties broad discretion in adult adoption cases, you should not assume that a judge will simply “rubber stamp” a petition. To obtain an adult adoption in Texas, there are certain criteria that must be satisfied and you must submit a well-supported, compelling petition. If you have any questions or concerns about adult adoptions, please do not hesitate to contact our San Antonio, TX adoption lawyers today. We would be more than happy to review your situation, answer your questions, help you understand your options, and take action to protect your rights.