Stepparent Adoptions In Texas

It is fairly common for a stepparent to wish to establish legal rights to his or her spouse's child. Stepparent adoptions often make legal a parent-child relationship that already existed.

I am attorney Sharon Merrick. I guide stepparents in the Richardson-Plano-Garland area and throughout Texas through each of the steps necessary to adopt a child. You can rely on my experience with all types of adoptions as we work through your case.

What About The Biological Parent's Rights?

Before a stepparent can adopt the child, the rights of the biological parent must be terminated. This can be a voluntary or involuntary process. In the vast majority of stepparent adoptions that I handle, the biological parent is either missing or is not involved in the child's life.

Many families are understandably nervous about how the biological parent will react to his or her parental rights being terminated. This is a serious matter, and there are numerous steps to take in order to complete the process properly. I will explain what is going to happen and take care of the process for you.

How Does A Stepparent Adopt A Child In Texas?

There are a number of steps that need to be taken to adopt a child in Texas. For example:

  • A home study will need to be done. The requirements of this study are different in contested and uncontested adoptions.
  • Both parents will need to complete a criminal background check. This background check takes time and should be started early so it does not hold up the adoption.
  • If the child is identified as a Native American, there are other specific steps that need to be taken.

Carefully Guiding You Through The Adoption Process

As your lawyer, I will prepare you for your home visit and each of the steps in the legal process.

Free attorney consultation: To discuss stepparent adoption with me, family law attorney Sharon Merrick, call 972-591-2323 or fill out the contact form on this website.