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Stepparent Adoption

Houston Stepparent Adoption Lawyer

Guiding Clients through the Complex Adoption Process

Texas Family Code, Title 5, Chapter 162, deals with all aspects of adoption. The State of Texas has stringent rules, but that is to protect all those involved and to make it essentially impossible for the biological parent to reclaim the child after he or she has been adopted.

At the Law Offices of Frank E. Mann, P.C., we can help you navigate the complicated terrain surrounding adoption laws and make the process less complicated. Our stepparent adoption attorney in Houston has helped numerous stepparents take the next step by formalizing their relationships with their stepchildren.

Contact us online or call (713) 903-8112 for a free case evaluation.

Seek Guidance from a Trusted Lawyer

Adopting a stepchild is a life-long commitment. Before going through the sometimes difficult and lengthy process, stepparents who are contemplating adopting a stepchild should ask themselves some serious questions.

Adopting a stepchild is also not as easy as it seems it should be in Texas. If you want to adopt your stepchild officially, we suggest retaining our Houston stepparent adoption lawyer.

Texas Laws Regarding Stepparent Adoption

Any stepparent who wants to adopt their stepchild must file an adoption petition and must be married to, or formerly married to, the biological parent of the child who is the subject of the adoption. The biological parent who the stepparent wants to replace must agree to the adoption, have his or her parental rights terminated, or be deceased. The other party may disagree with the termination. We can pursue litigation to terminate that parents legal rights to the child. If the biological parent has disappeared and cannot be found, evidence of attempts to locate the parent or proving that the absent parent abandoned the child must be submitted to the court to obtain consent.

A social worker will conduct a home study and interview both the biological parent and the stepparent. The stepparent’s work history and financial records will be reviewed. The report will be submitted to the court along with the social worker’s recommendation as to whether the adoption is in the best interest of the child. Stepchildren over the age of 12 must consent to the adoption in Texas.

Call the Law Offices of Frank E. Mann, P.C. at (713) 903-8112 to get started.

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