ADOPTION ATTORNEYS IN DENTON, TX
Adoption can be one of the happiest and most important moments in a family’s life. That is why it is so important to have a legal team on your side that knows adoption law inside and out. The team at Hill & Hill is here to support you during this joyous time in your life and help you navigate the process of adoption from the very first day until the adoption is official.
Hill & Hill can help Denton and Cooke county residents with all kinds of legal issues related to adoption, including:
- Grandparent Adoptions
- Private Adoptions
- Relative Adoptions
- Stepparent Adoptions
- CPS Adoptions
- Interstate and International Adoptions
- Facilitating open or closed adoptions as well as surrogacy arrangements
- Assisting with Texas-state Adoption Eligibility Requirements
- The preparation and finalization of any document related to adoption of any kind in the state of Texas and specifically in Denton and Cooke county.
- The Termination of Parental Rights
The Termination of Parental Rights
The first step in many of the aforementioned adoptions is the termination of the rights of the biological parents. In many cases, this will require a voluntary relinquishing on the part of the biological mother and/or father. Without such a voluntary relinquishment, a court-ordered intervention may be necessary to terminate such rights against the wishes of the biological parent(s).
At Hill & Hill, we understand just how sensitive such procedures are. We understand that above all it is the duty of all adults involved to put the care and well-being of the children first. It is our honor to sever Denton and Cooke county residents with qualified legal services and representation with adoption proceedings in the state of Texas, including the involuntary & voluntary termination of parental rights.
Step-Parent & Grandparent Adoptions
Sadly, there are instances where a child or children cannot receive the care and attention they need from their biological parents. For any number of reasons adoption procedures may be initiated by a step- or grandparent in the state of Texas.
In the event that a stepparent assumes all legal and financial responsibilities for a child or children from a previous marriage, they have the right to petition the court to terminate the parental rights of their biological, yet non-custodial, parent and fully adopt the child(ren) in question. Doing so releases a non-custodial parent from all of their responsibilities, duties, rights, and obligations to the child. Typically, such adoptions are far less complicated than an agency or private adoption. Of course, this assumes the compliance of the non-custodial parent.
In the event such compliance cannot be obtained, there are still some statutory grounds in Texas law that a stepparent may use to petition for custody:
- In a case where the non-custodial parent has abandoned the mother of the child and does not provide any support.
- In a case where the parent has been in jail or prison for at least two years.
- In a case where the non-custodial parent’s rights for a different child had been terminated on grounds of endangering the child.
Protecting Your Rights as Adoptive Parents
Occasionally, biological parents may try to regain custody of their children. This is particularly true of cases where the adoption attorney involved was inexperienced or the adoption in questioning was a CPS adoption. If this occurs, you will need to have an experienced adoption attorney on your side. For those in Denton and Cooke county, Hill & Hill can provide all the legal expertise you need to review and file paperwork as well as represent your interests in a court of law if necessary.
If you are in such a situation, give our team a call today so we can get started with your case. We know how traumatic having a family pulled apart can be for a child – especially if they have already been through the collapse of one family. We will do everything in our power to ensure that doesn’t happen to you and your adoptive child.
Putting The Needs of The Child First
Our experienced team of attorneys has over 20 years of experience helping people just like you with their legal issues, including adoptions. We understand that you cannot wait to have your loved one become an official part of your family. The last thing you want is for the proceedings to be delayed to prolong the stress the situation must clearly place on the child(ren). We promise to do everything in our power to aid you, from day one until the adoption is complete to ensure that you are supported during every stage of the process.
For more information about how Hill & Hill can help you navigate the adoption process, contact us today.