Houston Adoption Attorneys
Adopting a child is an incredibly fulfilling process for many individuals and families. However, as anyone who has been through the adoption process knows, it can sometimes become more complicated than might be expected. Many parents don’t have the information or support they need to fully understand their rights and options before, during, and after the adoption process.
This is where a Houston adoption attorney can help you navigate the complex waters of adoption law. Contact Holmes, Diggs & Sadler at (713) 802-1777 to talk about your case today and to prepare yourself for whatever complexities may arise.
Why You Need an Attorney
While some people may try to complete an adoption without an attorney, they are taking a big risk in doing so. While the adoption process may seem straightforward in the beginning, things can easily and quickly get complicated.
Whether you are adopting a child who is in the middle of a Child Protective Services (CPS) case or you have arranged with a mother to adopt her infant after birth, it can be very time-consuming and difficult to get full parental custody and rights toward the child(ren) you are seeking to adopt.
Often, these types of cases are legally-nuanced and burdensome, and are not handled well by non-lawyers or people without a background in this type of law. As such, contacting an attorney will ensure that your best interests are represented in adopting your child and that you are able to achieve your goals in a smooth and timely fashion.
Though it may initially seem like more work to meet with an adoption attorney, it always pays off in the end. An attorney who has handled adoption cases before and who knows firsthand what kind of complications may arise is a huge asset during the adoption process, especially for first-time adoptive parents.
An adoption attorney can help you with every step of the process, whether it is filing paperwork, appearing at meetings, or explaining the relevant details of Texas’ adoption laws.
It’s only natural that a new parent would want to be prepared for anything that would prevent the adoption process from running smoothly. That’s why so many parents find that they benefit from having an attorney to help keep their case on track. When the stakes are so high, it makes sense to ensure that everything goes according to plan.
Why You Should Choose Holmes, Diggs & Sadler
Fortunately, by working with an experienced legal professional, many parents are able to work through the challenges that can sometimes be posed by the adoption process and move forward with their new lives.
If you are considering adoption, the Houston legal team at Holmes, Diggs & Sadler knows just how important this decision can be, and we are committed to providing parents with the support and representation they need to make sure the adoption process proceeds smoothly.
We have the experience and knowledge to help you successfully adopt your child or children, with little or no hassle. We know this very complex and niche area of family law, and we are here to help you make your family bigger. Our passion is getting results for our clients in their endeavor toward parenthood. Letting us handle your case will ensure that you are closer to your goals of parenting an adopted child.
Holmes, Diggs & Sadler is highly regarded in the Houston area for having attorneys who are both skilled in the courtroom and compassionate with clients. We understand how exciting, nerve-wracking, and life-changing adopting a child is, and we want to make sure your experience is everything you want it to be.
The needs of our clients are always our highest priority, and if you have any concerns, we want to hear them. Our attorneys are never out of reach. Former clients have noted how quickly and easily they were able to get in touch with the attorney handling their case.
Not every firm offers adoption legal services, but we’re a family law firm that truly wants to help people at all stages of life. We also practice what we preach. Our attorneys have over a century of combined experience in family law.
Cindy Diggs, our lead attorney, has been hailed as a Top Texas Lawyer by Texas Monthly every year since 2010, and has also been named a “Super Lawyer” in Family and Divorce Law.
Our clients frequently tell us that they came to us so we could fix what other lawyers had done to their case. No one wants the already complex adoption process to be slowed down by incompetence. Let us take on your case, and we’ll get it right the first time.
Our Adoption Practice Areas
At Holmes, Diggs & Sadler, we can help you in a wide range of circumstances with all your legal needs relating to adoption, including in situations involving:
- Infant adoptions
- International adoptions
- Step-child adoptions
- Closed adoptions
- Open adoptions
- Adult adoptions
There are probably still facets of adoption law that you’re unfamiliar with, even after you’ve made preparations for your own child. When legal matters can be so confusing, it’s completely understandable for you to be lost at times during the adoption process.
That’s why it’s important to have an attorney by your side who is highly experienced at handling adoption cases. When problems arise, you want to be sure that you’re not left in the dark. We handle all kinds of adoption cases, and we can work with you as your case evolves to expedite the process in any way we can.
When it comes to matters as important as adding a child to your family, make sure your adoption proceedings are in experienced, capable hands.
Frequently Asked Questions
Most of our clients come into our firm not knowing what kind of expectations to have when they are adopting a child. Whether they are just starting the adoption process or they are in the middle, they often find the whole process complicated at some point. Below, we have provided some answers to the most common questions that our clients ask us.
How long do most adoptions take?
This question is not easy, because the answer will vary according to many variables. However, broadly speaking, to give a best-and-worst case scenario time frame estimate: a few months to up to seven years. This time frame is so broad because it really depends on whether you are adopting an infant, a child going through the CPS system, a relative’s child, etc.
Typically, it is actually a longer process or time frame to adopt an infant child, which is where the seven-year wait comes into play. Adopting a child who is undergoing some CPS involvement and where a home study has already been completed may take only a few months.
Contact our attorneys to discuss your case and where you are in the process to determine just what you are looking at with regard to time. We can help you figure out a plan and expectations throughout this process.
Is it possible for a person to adopt their child back or take back their child once I adopt their child?
If the adoption was done through the court system and everything was finalized through the court, then it is not possible. Once the adoption is finalized and any known parents’ parental rights are terminated, there is very little the biological parents can do to get their rights back.
Although voluntary termination paperwork allows for the parent to “un-terminate” their rights within a statutory period, this usually occurs before the adoption order is finalized and is not necessarily an end-all, be-all for the biological parent who is trying to regain their rights. As a result, the likelihood of that parent getting their rights to the child back and essentially undoing your adoption is unlikely.
Since this is hardly an exhaustive list and only covers basic questions most clients have, you should contact an attorney about your case and what you are trying to achieve to ensure you have reasonable expectations and have done everything correctly.
Contacting Holmes, Diggs & Sadler today to discuss your case is the surest way toward success and having all of your concerns addressed while getting the results you deserve.
Contact a Houston Adoption Lawyer for the Help You Need Today
If you are considering adoption, our dedicated team can help you through every stage of the process. Contact the Houston adoption lawyers with Holmes, Diggs & Sadler today by calling us at (713) 802-1777 to speak with a knowledgeable member of our legal staff. We can discuss your goals for adding a child to your family and tell you more about what we can do to help you achieve this dream.