The process of adopting a child—whether as a stepparent, grandparent, other loved one, or a married couple pursuing private adoption—could be fairly described as a marathon. And just like real marathons, success in the adoption process requires determination, persistence, and a proper support system to ensure a positive result.
In the Houston area and throughout Texas, families have found an experienced, dedicated support system in the family law attorneys of Hendershot, Cannon, Martin & Hisey. Our legal team knows the adoption process is deeply personal—that means you can't afford to jeopardize your case by not having qualified legal help.
Whether you're seeking to step up and become a parent through the adoption process, or need to fight to preserve your parental rights in the face of a proposed adoption, we can provide the advocacy you need to see to it that you will always be able to protect your children. Don't risk losing in the adoption process by committing any errors that biological or adoptive parents often make when they try to navigate the system alone.
Call our firm at (713) 909-7323 for a confidential consultation with an experienced adoption lawyer, or fill out our short form online.
In nearly all adoptions, the first step is to seek a court-issued termination of parental rights. In cases of stepparent or second adoptions (common in adoptions by same-sex couples), only the rights of one parent (the biological noncustodial parent) are being terminated. In other cases, including grandparent adoptions, prospective adoptive parents may need to terminate the rights of both biological parents.
If the other biological parent does not consent to having his or her rights terminated, the adoption process can quickly grind to a halt and take on a contentious nature that takes a significant toll on both sides of a case—to say nothing of the children involved. In these cases, we use careful but assertive strategies designed to help our clients make it through this indispensable first step in the process.
If you're a biological parent and you do not want your parental rights terminated, this is your only opportunity to protect those rights. If a court grants the request of those seeking to adopt your child, you will no longer be considered a legal guardian and will have no claim to getting visitation time with your child.
Now is the time to get a Houston adoption lawyer to evaluate your options and work on your behalf.
Whether or not you had to seek termination of parental rights in your case, the next and necessary step is to actually file for adoption of your child.
While it's understandable to let excitement over your expanded family prevail, this is no time to lose sight of the legal details: one wrong or incomplete step could permanently jeopardize your efforts to adopt the child in your life. Our job is to take the lead in your case so that every legal requirement is met, making the adoption seamless.
As one of Houston's most established family law firms, we have access to a network of highly qualified adoption attorneys in other states. Our familiarity with the issues that frequently arise in complex situations and interstate cases also means we can help you avoid problems that befall other adoptive parents.
If your legal needs involve the adoption of a child, our attorneys are ready to assess your case during a private and confidential consultation. Contact us onlineor at (713) 909-7323 to arrange yours.