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Adoption by a stepparent

There are times when a stepparent in Texas wishes to legally adopt their stepchild. Although challenges may arise, adopting stepchildren is generally a much easier process than other forms of adoption. Unlike other kinds of adoption, the court may not require home visits and adoption hearings. As a result, adopting a stepchild can happen relatively quickly once certain requirements are met.

For some stepparents, the hardest part about adopting a stepchild is obtaining consent from the other birth parent. By giving consent, the other birth parent is surrendering his or her legal parental rights. If the other birth parent has no relationship with the child, though, they may realize that a benefit of surrendering parental rights is that they will no longer owe child support. There are also cases where the other birth parent gives consent because they realize that the stepparent adoption is in their child's best interest.

If the other birth parent refuses to give consent for the stepparent adoption, there are ways that their parental rights can be terminated. The stepparent may present evidence to a judge proving that the other birth parent has abandoned, neglected or abused the child. The other birth parent may also lose their parental rights if a judge finds them unfit due to drug or alcohol addiction, incarceration or mental illness.

A stepparent who would like to adopt their stepchild may want to consult a family law attorney about the best way to proceed. If there are issues with obtaining consent from the other birth parent, an attorney may be able to facilitate communications with the other birth parent and represent the stepparent's interests in any court proceedings.

Source: Findlaw, "Family Law", November 18, 2014

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