For those seeking to start or expand a family, adoption can prove to be a viable, exciting and ultimately rewarding option. However, the adoption process can prove to be somewhat difficult to comprehend due to a multitude of complex legal procedures.
Fortunately, a dedicated and experienced legal professional can guide you through the process and answer all of your questions.
Today’s post will explore various aspects of adoption in Texas, and attempt to clarify any common misperceptions.
In general, what has to happen in order to adopt a child?
In the state of Texas, two events must take place in order to adopt a child: The parental rights of the child must be terminated by the court and the court must subsequently approve the adoption.
What does it mean to terminate parental rights?
By terminating the parental rights of a mother/father, you are removing their parental duties/responsibilities and eliminating their legal rights/recourse regarding the child.
In essence, this means the child is free to be adopted because they have no legal parents.
Once a court terminates parental rights, how ‘final’ is its order?
An order from a Texas court terminating parental rights is generally treated as final and binding upon all parties.
How is a termination of parental rights accomplished?
In general, a termination of parental rights may be accomplished with the consent of both the mother and father of the child, or if a court determines that the termination of parental rights/subsequent adoption is in the child’s best interest.
To be continued …
This post is for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.
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