Families are constantly growing and evolving. For many families, it is important that the legal rights and responsibilities that accompany family relationships change to accommodate new roles and relationships as they form. One way this often happens is stepparent adoption.
At Golda R. Jacob & Associates P.C., a Houston, Texas, family law firm, we work closely with families to help them understand the lasting consequences of adoption. Our lawyers take the time to discuss the family’s goals and offer practical, personalized advice on whether adoption is the right step for them.
An Experienced Guide Through Adoption
When a family is considering stepparent adoption, it is important to first consider whether the other biological parent still has parental rights. If he or she does, those rights must be either terminated or surrendered before the stepparent can adopt. By forfeiting parental rights, that parent is also relieved of any responsibility to care for or provide financially for the child.
Whether you are bringing a new child into your home or a stepparent is taking on a more defined role in a child’s life, adoption is a major decision that changes family relationships forever. After a stepparent adoption is complete, the adoptive parent has the same rights and responsibilities as his or her spouse – the biological parent.
At Golda R. Jacob & Associates P.C., our lawyers are dedicated to helping families make informed decisions about stepparent adoption. We are accessible and responsive, returning calls and emails quickly so that you always have someone available to answer your questions and discuss your concerns.