Child Adoption Lawyers in San Antonio, TX
Adoption is the legal process through which a child joins a family different from his or her birth parents. Adoption is a permanent, lifelong commitment to a child. Once adopted, a child has the same legal and inheritance rights as naturally born children. This is an important and life-changing step for not only the child, but for each of the new parents. If you are embarking on the adoption process you will want to be sure you have met every requirement of the law to the letter. Just as critical, you will need to have a clear and detailed understanding of your child’s, as well as your own, current and future rights. Allen & Roig, LLP are San Antonio adoption attorneys who know the intricacies of the Texas adoption process and legal issues. We represent those who are working with private and public agencies on adoption situations including those with CPS, domestic, interstate, and international involvement.
Requirements for Adoptive Parent(s)
Currently, the Texas adoption laws allow any adult (either single or married) to petition to adopt a child. If the child is 12 years of age or older, consent of the child is required. The state agency of Human Services, along with District Court will be involved. The adult must:
- Be at least 21 years old
- Be financially stable
- Be responsible and mature
- Share background and lifestyle information
- Provide references
- Provide proof of marriage and/or divorce (if applicable)
- Have completed home study
- Submit to a criminal background and child abuse checks on all adults living in the household
- If the child is at least 12 years of age- the child’s preference
Complexities of Adoption
State laws are constantly changing and that is why if you are considering adoption, or considering giving your child for adoption, you owe it to your child and to yourself to involve a child custody attorney in San Antonio, TX. Whether you are adopting a step child, family member, or child who was previously unknown to you, you will want to be sure that all agreements are transparent and enforceable, without loopholes. You may have heard the terms open adoption, closed adoption, termination of parental rights, and Baby Moses Law, and you will wonder if and how they might apply to your situation. You also may have questions about having to remain in the state or country where the child you are adopting is from for a certain period of time. Each situation will present its own legal issues and you want to ensure that your adoption process is done correctly. Call the San Antonio adoption lawyers of Allen & Roig, LLP for answers to your questions and legal representation today! Call (210) 377-2529 Today!