Domestic and International Adoption
Adoption can be a wonderful way to build or add to a family. It can also have value as a humanitarian act. When a couple decides to adopt, it is important to be clear on all that is involved in the process, and also understand the degree of commitment expected of them. Just in terms of finances the commitment is substantial. The processes for domestic adoption differ in many ways from international adoption, but in both cases the best interests of the child are what matter most. If you would like legal assistance with an adoption a Texas family law attorney with our firm has the experience and dedication needed to ensure that you have the best chances.
Couples who seek to adopt in this state must abide by Texas statutes. The laws in Texas governing adoption are very specific. In order for a child to be considered for adoption, its parents must first relinquish all legal rights to him or her. The adopting parents assume these rights and expectations. Consent for an adoption can be given after 48 hours. If the party seeking to adopt is a single adult or a same-sex couple, the laws differ.
A Texas family law attorney will work with you to help you understand all that is necessary in the adoption process. The couple should be prepared to present detailed records, including identification, finances, living arrangements, etc. If a prospective adoptive parent has been convicted of a crime, this will almost certainly affect the decision of the judge. The court will seek to place the child in the best environment possible; as such, relatives of the child will be consulted, and if the child is old enough to make such a judgment, he or she will be asked for input as well.
Couples sometimes decide to adopt a child from another country. This is often done for humanitarian reasons; in other cases, the couple may have an ethnic connection to the country from which they are adopting. When adopting from another country, not only must the couple do so in accordance with Texas statutes, but the laws of the nation from which the child is being adopted must be followed as well. Moreover, certain international adoptions fall under the governance of The Hague Convention.
A couple may quickly begin to feel overwhelmed by the amount of paperwork necessary for a foreign adoption. A Texas family law attorney with our firm will guide you through the process, from the initial petition to USCIS to the joy of bringing the child into your home for the first time.
For Assistance with an Adoption
If you need legal assistance with an adoption, whether it be domestic or international, a Texas family law attorney at Slate & Associates has the compassion, understanding, and knowledge necessary to help. Call to arrange a consultation today at (713) 842-9543.