The Woodlands Step Child Adoption Attorneys
Managing the Process and Navigating Roadblocks on the Way to Adoption
Successfully adopting a child can be challenging, especially when one of the child's parents is unwilling to let go of his or her parental rights. The Houston area step parent adoption attorneys at Nichols Law, PLLC, can provide the guidance and hands-on legal assistance adopting parents need.
In most step parent adoptions and other adoptions involving a family member, two legal steps are involved:
- First, the rights of a biological parent need to be addressed. If a biological parent does not want to relinquish parental rights, the ensuing dispute must first be resolved.
- Second, the actual adoption must be achieved.
We can provide qualified legal help at both steps. If a biological parent wishes to halt the adoption process, we can investigate the factors that the judge will consider. Has the parent paid child support payments? Has he or she endangered the child? Has the parent been convicted of a crime, or does the parent have an alcohol or drug addiction?
Once parental rights are terminated, we can handle the full court process. The court will appoint a guardian ad litem and arrange for a home visit. The child will be interviewed and a social study will be conducted. We can assist at these and other steps, including your court appearance.
If you have legal questions regarding adoption in Texas, contact us. Our lawyers can provide experienced assistance whether or not the adoption will involve a dispute. For more information and to schedule a consultation, 713-574-8506.