Texas Stepparent Adoption Attorney
The first step that needs to be taken before an adoption can occur is termination of the birth parent's parental rights. At the law office of Barbara L. Jouette, Attorney, P.C., we can assist you with this step. As we move forward with termination of parental rights and onto the adoption itself, you can be certain we will listen to your needs and offer you the highest level of personal service and support.
A Matter of Paperwork
In many cases, termination of parental rights is a matter of paperwork that needs to be completed by you and your lawyer. The birth parent has been out of the picture and acknowledges this fact. He or she signs off on the termination without issue. Then we proceed with the child adoption process, which reassigns parental rights to the stepparent, relative or other party who is adopting the child.
When Birth Parents Decide to Keep Their Rights
Unfortunately, there are situations in which the birth parent will fight to keep parental rights. Most of the time, this catches the adopting parent off guard. The birth parent may have been distant for years and now suddenly claims to want to be a part of the child's life.
When termination of parental rights is contested, a fight may be necessary. All too often, we learn that the birth parent has not simply abandoned the child emotionally and financially, which is bad enough, but he or she may be involved in drugs or other illegal activity as well. We will gather all of the details necessary to see that termination of parental rights is granted, even when the birth parent objects.
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For comprehensive, personalized counsel, support and advocacy on termination of parental rights from a McKinney adoption attorney, contact us today. We care about your future. Let us help you move forward.