Texas Adoption Lawyers
Dallas Attorneys Ready to Help with Your Adoption
Adopting a child can and should be a joyful time, but the legal details
and processes can be stressful to say the least. At
Godwin Bowman & Martinez, we provide legal services involved in the adoption process. While we
do not take part in arranging adoptions or locating children for adoption,
we can help ensure that the legal steps required in the adoption process
are as smooth and seamless as possible.
Adoption Attorney for Private Adoption
Among the most common types of private adoption are:
- Step-Parent Adoption: One spouse legally adopting the biological child
of the other spouse.
- Adoptive Parent Adoption: Both biological parents voluntarily relinquishing
their parental rights, allowing for adoption of the child by one or more
qualified adoptive parents
- Involuntary Termination: Adoptive parents bringing suit against one or
more of the biological parents to involuntarily terminate parental rights.
The Texas Family Code contains specific grounds under which involuntary
termination can be granted.
- Grandparent or Relative adoptions: A family member adopting the child either
on a voluntary or involuntary termination basis.
The Adoption Process in Texas
Texas law requires a number of significant processes prior to the finalization
of an adoption. These may include termination of parental rights, petitions,
as well as final approvals relating to the name change of the child. Families
who wish to adopt a child are also required to provide background and
lifestyle information. These procedures may include such items as criminal
background checks, abuse or neglect background checks, home visits which
include all members of the family, references from both relatives and
non-relatives, financial documentation showing that the family has the
financial stability to support the child and more.
Godwin Bowman & Martinez attorneys will be there to support you throughout the process, providing
counsel regarding the completion of applications, advising you on home
studies and helping obtain all the documentation to finalize the process.
If required, we will handle the matters related to the termination of
parental rights in order to finalize the adoption. We can also act as
your advocate with the birth parent(s), including the negotiation of agreements
to cover medical or other expenses incurred by the birth or care of the
child before the adoption.
It is also worth noting that, under Texas law, you are not required to
be married in order to adopt a child. Whether married or single, the Dallas
family law attorneys of
Godwin Bowman & Martinez stand ready to provide assistance in your adoption.
Godwin Bowman & Martinez for the Legal Needs of Your Adoption
Godwin Bowman & Martinez to help with your adoption? Our attorneys are experienced, committed and
ready to support you throughout the adoption process. We believe in families,
and we are ready to provide the thorough, effective, comprehensive representation
you are seeking.
Call Godwin Bowman & Martinez at (214) 939-4400 to learn more.