Adoption And Termination Of Parental Rights In Odessa
Adopting a child is one of the most generous and courageous actions a parent can take. Taking a child into your family opens new opportunities for everyone involved, and marks the beginning of a new chapter in your life.
Before this chapter can begin, however, there are a number of important legal procedures that need to be completed. Our law firm can walk you through all of the steps of an adoption, including filing the application, completing a home study and passing the background check.
Termination Of Parental Rights In Stepparent Adoptions
Our law firm has helped couples in many different situations, including stepparent adoptions. If you and a loved one are seeking to adopt a stepchild, you may have to follow a slightly different legal process. In particular, you may have to first terminate the parental rights of the child's other biological parent.
The termination of parental rights should not be taken lightly. Once a parent's rights have been terminated, he or she no longer has the right to raise, visit or even contact the child. The parent will also no longer be obligated to pay child support.
Sometimes, the parent gives up his or her rights voluntarily. These cases are relatively simple; judges are usually willing to sever a person's parental rights if someone else, like a stepparent, is ready to step into place.
If your child's biological parent does not want to relinquish his or her rights, there are certain circumstances under which the rights can be terminated involuntarily. These include:
- Child abuse
- Substance abuse that threatens the child's well-being
- Failure to pay child support for a year or more
Under these circumstances, you will likely promote the best interests of the child by terminating the rights of the other parent.
Contact An Experienced Family Law Attorney
Odessa termination of parental rights lawyer Anthony Robles has years of experience helping Texas parents take the actions that will be best for their children. If you are considering adoption or pursuing the termination of a parent's rights, please contact Anthony Robles Law Firm, P.C., by filling out our online form or calling 866-325-0310. Se habla español.