Houston Stepchild Adoptions Lawyers
Do you want to formally adopt your stepchild? Holmes, Diggs & Sadler can help you overcome the legal obstacles so that you can enjoy full parental rights.
You care about your step child, so it is only natural that you want to be able to protect them and guide them with the full legal rights of a parent. Gaining parental rights in Texas can be very difficult though, and may require skilled legal maneuvering and substantial evidence to show that adoption is in the best interest of the child.
The Houston stepchild adoption attorneys at Holmes, Diggs & Sadler can help guide you through this trying process. We have decades of experience in family formation, including helping stepparents become legalized recognized parents of the children they already love.
If you are in the Houston area and you want to adopt your stepchild, it is time to contact Holmes, Diggs & Sadler at (713) 802-1777 so we can help you through legal hurdles standing between you and your stepchild.
How a Lawyer Helps Your Case
Adopting your stepchild is an obvious step in many families, but Texas does not make it easy to achieve this goal. To begin with, Texas will only recognize two parents for a child, so you will need to prove one parent is not involved in the child’s life or represents a danger to the child in order to adopt them.
There are many ways to prove this, but none are easy. Your lawyer will be able to formulate strong legal arguments and gather the right evidence to prove that it is in the best interests of the child for you to have full parental rights over them. You may have to demonstrate that their other parent has abandoned them, is a danger to them, or is unfit to raise them in some other way, and also that you will provide a safe, comfortable, and loving home. Without a lawyer, it may be impossible to prove that these conditions exist to convince a judge to revoke the other parent’s rights.
Holmes, Diggs & Sadler Knows How to Help Bring Your Family Together
At Holmes, Diggs & Sadler, we understand just how crucial this adoption case is for you, and we will use all of our experience and legal knowledge to help you overcome any obstacles preventing you from having the full rights of parenthood.
We bring decades of experience to every case, as well as award-winning legal skills that have set us above all the other family law firms in the area. Among our accolades are a perfect ten legal rating on Avvo and being repeatedly listed among Houston’s Top Lawyers.
When you come to us with a stepchild adoption case, we make sure to use all of our resources to make sure your family situation is set right. We know what the judges need to hear, and we know how to produce the evidence and the arguments that make it possible to adopt your child.
Stepchild Adoption Cases We Handle
Stepchild adoption is extremely difficult in Texas, since the state strongly prefers children to remain with their biological parents. That said, a lawyer can overcome this preference and show that adoption is in the best interest of your stepchild.
In essence, the most important factor is proving that one biological parent has either willingly or unwillingly given up their parental rights, allowing Texas to shift those rights to the stepparent. If a biological parent has died or willingly given up their rights, this process will be simple. If the parent is still living and unwilling to give up their rights, your lawyer can still convince the court to revoke their rights for the following reasons:
- One parent has drug or alcohol problems
- One parent has a history of abuse
- One parent has a criminal record that includes crimes that might endanger the child (including sex crimes or crimes against children)
- One parent has been negligent in honoring responsibilities like child support or showing up for visitation
- One parent has abandoned the child
Any of these circumstances can allow you to revoke parental rights from one parent. Termination of parental rights can be accomplished through a contested or uncontested case. In other words, whether the parent objects or not, we can use the above circumstances to remove their parental rights. Once that is done, we can pursue a case on your behalf to allow you to adopt the child with full legal rights.
Adopting your stepchild gives you the ability to provide for them legally and financially in a way you simply can’t as a stepparent. If you want to adopt your stepchild, Holmes, Diggs & Sadler can help. Just call our adoption attorneys at (713) 802-1777 so we can get started on your case.