Family Law

Adoption

Adoption is usually a two-step process. It is the creation of a parent-child relationship between the child and the adoptive parents and the termination of the parental rights of the biological parents. The adopted child is given all of the rights, privileges and duties of a child and heir by the adoptive family.

The increase in "blended families," that is families formed by the subsequent remarriage of the custodial parent has resulted in an increase in the number of step-child adoptions. In these cases, the current spouse of the custodial parent seeks to adopt the child(ren) of the previous relationship. If the noncustodial parent has not contributed to the support of the child for a substantial period of time and has not exercised their visitation rights, it may be possible for the step-parent to adopt the child without the consent of the noncustodial parent. In this case, the Court may find abandonment as the grounds for termination of parental rights.

The adoption process begins with the filing of the Original Petition for Adoption. If the consent of the biological parents has been obtained prior to the submission of the petition, it is filed with the petition. The Court will investigate the prospective parents to determine if the adoption is in the "best interest" of the child. A hearing is required to allow the Court to evaluate the qualifications of the prospective parents. The hearing provides the required opportunity for the parties to present testimony and to examine witnesses. The adoption is granted if the court decides that the adoption is in the "best interest" of the child.

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One of the most difficult processes involved in dealing with divorce is taking the step to attain custody of your children. In Texas, the courts refer to child custody as possession. There are many factors that are involved in filing for custody and asserting your parental rights.

The determine the appropriate amount of child support, the parents need to provide the court with information regarding their income. The Texas Family Code has child support guidelines to help determine the correct amount of child support in most cases. Even after court decisions have been rendered, there may be post-decree disputes or matters that necessitate a change in child support. One of the most important factors that can cause a change in the child support arrangements is the income of the non-custodial parent. If the income of the person paying child support increases or decreases, then their obligation may change when it comes to the financial support they give their children. From the initial determination of child support, to post- judgment changes, a child custody lawyer will be able to effectively assist you. Working hard to get the support you need to raise your child, my office in Lake Jackson believes in integrity and fights for the best interests of children in child custody and child support cases.

If you have questions concerning child custody or child support please contact my office.