Termination and Adoption Providing Compassionate Guidance, Advice, & Advocacy

Longview Adoption Attorney

Compassionate East Texas Family Law Services

Sometimes families aren’t formed by biology. Whether it’s the desire to formalize the relationship between yourself and a stepchild or a foster child or another child who you are raising, adoption can legally recognize the bond that already exists in your family.

If you need assistance with an adoption, contact The Hollwarth Law Firm at 903-234-0711 today.

Why Termination?

Before a child is eligible for adoption, the rights of the child’s biological parent or parents must be terminated. Even if a mother doesn’t know who fathered her child, the rights of the unknown father must be terminated. Only when a child is legally free of the parent or parents who are no longer recognized as a parent can the child be freed to join your family. In many cases, the termination happens at the same hearing as the adoption.

Because parental rights are strongly protected, it is important to be certain that the appropriate documents are filed to request termination. An error in paperwork – such as not having an Affidavit of Relinquishment signed until the child is at least 48 hours old or failing to disclose a known father of the child – can result in the termination being overturned on appeal.

Why Adoption?

Being adopted formalizes the bond between the adoptive parent or parents and the child they’ve been raising. An adoption legally vests the adoptive parent or parents with the same rights they would have had if the child had been born to them.

In an adoption, a child’s name is frequently changed to match the name of their new legal family.

Adoptions are the best part of our practice – they are joyful and loving affairs! Having a Longview adoption lawyer from The Hollwarth Law Firm in your case can help the process go smoothly and efficiently.

What Will Disqualify You From Adopting A Child In Texas?

Any person involved in the criminal or online solicitation of a minor; aggravated kidnapping; sexual assault, indecency with a child; trafficking; murder, homicide or manslaughter; solicitation of prostitution; sexual performance by a child; abandoning or endangering a child; continuous sexual abuse of a child; continuous violence against a family member; or child pornography can never adopt a child in the state of Texas.

Give us a call today at 903-234-0711 to learn how we can help formalize your family’s relationship and bond.

The Hollwarth Law Firm Staff

The Team That Keeps Our Firm Running
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    Christina Hollwarth

    Founding Attorney

    Christina has practiced law in Longview since 2003, opening her own private family law practice in 2005. In 2007, she completed training to serve as a mediator in civil cases, family law cases, and cases involving Child Protective Services. She is also Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
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    Naomi Krug

    Legal Secretary

    Naomi is the “sparkle” of our office. Anyone who speaks with her to set up an appointment, ask a quick question, or even just be transferred to someone else can attest to that fact! As our legal secretary and the first point of contact with our office, Naomi wears many hats: From running errands to answering phones to creating files, Naomi does a little of everything, and she does it all with a great big smile!
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    Kristi Kemper

    Legal Assistant

    Need to talk to Christina, but she’s not immediately available? Kristi is your go-to person for updates on your case, a shoulder to cry on, or a listening ear when you need to vent. Her hands-on approach and common sense pep talks make her an invaluable part of our team.


Client Praise & Recommendations
  • One of the few attorneys/firms I've ever dealt with that is proactive and timely with updates and conducts themself with integrity and class.

    - Jeremiah
  • Very friendly and helpful!

    - Fred
  • Christina is my newfound champion and a formidable heroine in the East Texas landscape of lawyers.

    - kc
  • Look no further for an attorney with supporting firm that will work for your benefit.

    - Kelly
  • She actually listened and was truly interested in helping me.

    - Jennifer

Why Your Family Deserves
Our Firm

Guidance Through All Family-Related Legal Matters
  • Board Certified in Family Law

    Our Attorney is Board-Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

  • Highly Rated and Reviewed

    Our Firm has Strong Ratings by Established Law Associations Such as Avvo & Martindale Hubbell

  • Compassionate

    Our Firm Provides Compassionate Guidance & Advice for Families & the Protection of Children Involved

  • Experienced Mediator

    Our Attorney is a Trained Mediator for Family, Civil, and Child Protective Services Cases

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