A stepparent who is willing to adopt his or her spouse's child can cement the parental bond between them and create parental rights to the child which allow that stepparent to protect the child's welfare.
Some parents seek a stepparent adoption when the biological parent is incarcerated or deceased. Some parents seek a stepparent adoption when the biological mother or father is unavailable or fails to provide sufficient child care. No matter the reason, this area of law is one where the bonds of a family are created and cemented, not torn apart. We at Fabio & Merrill will work with the entire family to allow this happy occasion to occur.
Houston Stepparent Adoption Lawyers Providing Representation In Adopting A Stepchild In The Houston Area
For more than 30 years, we have helped families expand and create the legal bonds that reflect the emotional bonds that have already been formed. Our firm provides the family with a clear picture of where the case stands, as well as how it may affect other dynamics and agreements, taking into account all loved ones involved.
Our lawyers take the time to listen and understand our client's priorities for the adoption. From there, we can make the parents aware of all rights and options. Upon completion of the adoption, the stepparent will legally act as a biological parent. With this comes certain parental rights, as well as obligations. The adoption will also affect standing custody and child support agreements. We fully educate our clients on all possible implications of the adoption, as well as the legal rights they will now enjoy as legal parents of the child.
If there is any pushback from the child's other biological parent, we can work with that individual or his or her representative to achieve a resolution that is in the best interests of the child.
To learn more about how our family law attorneys are equipped to help you form the legal bonds that will best serve your family, please contact our Houston law firm today at 713-581-9021 or toll free at 800-607-0205.