Texas Child Adoption Attorney
People who want to adopt a child have a surprisingly complex legal path to navigate. Whether you are interested in traditional adoption, or you want to adopt a stepchild or a young niece or nephew, an experienced lawyer can help. At the law office of Barbara L. Jouette, Attorney, P.C., we have more than a decade of experience that we will use to help you adopt.
Stepparent and Relative Adoption
Stepparent and relative adoption are the most common forms of adoption we handle at our law firm. Stepparent adoptions are typically done when the child's birth parent is out of the picture, and the stepparent wants to obtain all of the legal rights and responsibilities he or she would have as a biological parent. Relative adoptions can involve an aunt, uncle or even a grandparent adopting a child, because both of the child's birth parents are deceased, are out of the picture or are unfit to raise the child.
Contested Adoption Cases
Termination of parental rights is a necessary step in all adoption cases. Often, this step is a mere formality. However, there are situations in which the birth parent will fight to maintain parental rights. These situations can be surprising and emotional, because, although the birth parent may have been distant and uninvolved, now he or she suddenly claims to be interested in raising the child. Birth parents have a great deal of power, much more than stepparents and other relatives. We will advocate for you and the child you love in these difficult situations.
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