Denton Adoption Attorneys
The O’Connell Law Firm handles stepparent adoptions, as well as arranging the validation of foreign adoptions in Texas courts.
A stepparent who assumes financial and legal responsibility for his or her spouse’s child(ren), from a previous relationship, can petition the court to terminate the parental rights of the non-custodial parent and adopt the child. This process will release the non-custodial parent from all rights, duties, responsibilities and obligations to the child. A stepparent adoption tends to be far less complicated than a private or agency adoption, assuming the non-custodial parent is in agreement with the adoption plan.
Texas law also provides varying reasons for statutory grounds for termination including, but not limited to, the following:
- Abandonment of mother and not providing support for the mother or child;
- Parent will be incarcerated for at least two years;
- Parent had rights to another child terminated for endangerment.
Re-Adoption vs. Recognition of Foreign Decrees:
Have you recently come home with your child and need to determine whether you need to complete a re-adoption or a recognition of foreign decree?
A lawyer with experience in this area of law can help you figure this out.
Jill O’Connell offers both personal and professional experience in adoption. She is an adoptive mother and has over 15 years of experience in assisting families with private and stepparent adoptions, as well as establishing the recognition of a foreign decree by a Texas court. If you would like to discuss Texas laws with regard to an adoption, Jill O’Connell can answer questions as it pertains specifically to your family and your needs.