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Guiding Our Clients Through the Adoption Process in Texas

Whether you are beginning to think about adoption for the first time or are already in the process, hiring legal representation is in your best interest. Having an Austin adoption attorney by your side can not only make a difference in how smoothly the process goes but it can have an impact on the outcome of your case, too. When you work with Attorney Melissa Williams, you are getting over two decades of family law experience on your side in addition to compassionate adoption services.

Are you looking to adopt in Texas? Our adoption lawyer in Austin has the legal experience you need on your side. Call Melissa M. Williams today at (512) 271-2063 or contact us online to get started!

Types of Adoption Cases We Handle

At our Austin firm, we know that no two families are the same. Regardless of whether you already have children, are pursuing a solo adoption, or want to seek parental rights over your grandchild, we're here to assist you.

Melissa M. Williams is a board-certified family law attorney, making her an expert in Texas adoption law. We understand the ins and outs of every type of adoption case and use this knowledge to provide our clients with personalized representation. Helping families grow is one of the things we are most passionate about.

Our firm handles all types of adoption cases, including:

  • Grandparent Adoption – In Texas, grandparent adoption allows grandparents to be legally viewed as the primary caregivers of a child. Parental rights must first be terminated, a DFPS home study must be conducted, and the child must consent to the adoption, among other requirements. Speak with a grandparent adoption lawyer for more information.
  • Stepparent Adoption – As a stepparent, you do not automatically have parental rights by marrying the parent of your stepchild. Adopting your stepchild In Texas allows you as a stepparent to see parental rights when it comes to your stepchild.
  • Same-Sex Parent Adoption – As a same-sex couple in Texas, you have every right to expand your family by adopting a child. Speak with an LGBT adoption attorney in Texas today to discuss your case!

Texas Adoption Laws

Since each state creates their own adoption rules, it’s important to know the specific laws regarding adoption in your state. While Texas has certain processes for adoption, someone seeking adoption must also comply with the rules of the given adoption agency.

Here are a few things to keep in mind if considering an adoption in Texas:

  • Texas law states that any adult can adopt – there is no specific age requirement
  • If an individual who is married wishes to adopt, then it must be done with the spouse (this applies to couples who are not yet legally divorced)
  • Texas doesn’t have any specific law regarding same-sex couples or single parents who wish to adopt
  • Texas adoption home studies are required – these include background checks, home visits, interviews, etc.
  • A child is not eligible for adoption in Texas until the existing parental rights have been terminated
  • Texas law requires that children over the age of 12 must give consent for their adoption

To learn more about adopting in Texas and how to proceed in your specific situation, contact our firm today.

Contact Our Adoption Attorney in Austin Today

There are many steps involved in the adoption process, which can make it feel stressful and overwhelming. When you hire our Austin adoption lawyer, you can rely on us to work with you to streamline the process and make it as easy as possible for you. This may include assisting with paperwork, educating you on Texas adoption law, and working to resolve any issues that arise.

Attorney Melissa Williams wants to help you fulfill all your adoption needs quickly and efficiently. You can trust us to provide you with the caring and capable legal services you deserve.

For answers to frequently asked questions about adoption in Texas, visit the following blog post:

Frequently Asked Questions About Adoption in Texas

Contact Melissa M. Williams today to schedule a consultation with our Texas adoption lawyer!

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- Melissa M. Williams
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