Adopting Stepchildren Can Be An Emotional Process

They are your children. You give them emotional and financial support and love. Your relationship is priceless, and you cherish your bond. Maybe you are not their birth parent, but there is no doubt that you are their mom or dad. It does not matter that you are only their stepparent, the connection is there.

You want to make your bond is permanent — and legal — by adopting them. If you live in Texas and you want to adopt your stepchildren, call the Law Office of Margaret M. Priesmeyer-Masinter to get the support you need to overcome the emotional and legal obstacles.

Requirements For Stepchild Adoption

The stages of the process are:

  • Termination of biological parents' rights. The rights of the biological parents, if they are alive, must be terminated before the process can start. This can be accomplished either with the parents' consent or through a court order. If both parents are alive, they both must agree. If either parent refuses or cannot be located, the court will decide. The decision will be based on what is in the child's best interest.
  • You must file a joint petition (with your spouse) for adoption. You will be required to comply with a social study, an evaluation of your home, employment and other circumstances that will affect the child.
  • You and the child will be interviewed. This ensures the adoption is in the child's best interest.
  • Court hearing. If all goes well, the hearing will make the adoption official.

Required Conditions To Adopt A Stepchild In Texas

The process to adopt a stepchild can be complicated. Several standards must be met, including:

  • If the person being adopted is an adult, no permission from the biological parents is required.
  • Both parents, if they are alive and involved, agree.
  • A child, if 12 years old or older, must consent.
  • Only one parent is alive.
  • There is one biological parent involved in the child's life and they agree to the adoption.
  • A parent is absent or cannot be located.
  • In some cases, if the identity of the biological father is unknown.

Experienced Help Navigating A Stepchild Adoptions In Texas

Adoption of a stepchild can be emotional and the legal process confusing. Call San Antonio's experienced family law attorney to get help with the adoption of your stepchild at 210-536-0555 or on our contact page.