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