Denton County Stepparent Adoption Lawyer
After a couple gets divorced and each party remarries, it is not uncommon for one of the new spouses to form a strong bond with the children. Especially in cases where the other divorced spouse is not a strong part of the children’s lives, the kids begin to feel closer to the stepparent than they do the birth parent. Many stepparents in this situation consider the option of a stepparent adoption to solidify this close bond and have it legally recognized.
Denton County stepparent adoption attorney Stephen E. Dubner is an experienced family lawyer who can help you through the stepparent adoption process. At the Law Office of Stephen E. Dubner, we take a personalized approach to all of our cases. We will listen to your situation, learn about your goals and do everything possible to help you realize your stepparent adoption goals.
Possibilities in Stepparent Adoption
Depending on the situation, there are a few possibilities when pursuing a stepparent adoption:
- If the other birth parent agrees: If the other spouse agrees, that person will need to surrender parental rights to the child. This is very rare, as most parents do not want to give up parental rights even when they have not been a big part of the child’s life. If this does happen, we can work out the details through collaborative family law or mediation and petition the court to approve the uncontested agreement.
- If the other parent does not approve: This is much more common. If the other parent does not approve, there is the chance that we can bring the case to court. To go forward with the adoption, the other parent’s parental rights need to be terminated. We can represent you in litigation regarding the termination of parental rights and adoption.
We have handled stepparent adoptions that were uncontested, and we have taken these cases to divorce litigation as well. We will look at your case and give you good legal advice regarding whether a stepparent adoption is likely to go through in your case. If it is possible, we will walk you through the legal process and represent your interests aggressively to the end.
Contact a Highland Village Stepchild Adoption Attorney | 214-257-8818
Our office is in Lewisville, Texas, just south of I-35. We represent clients throughout the entire DFW Metroplex and Denton County. If you are considering a stepparent adoption, we can offer you a free initial consultation, so you can talk to a lawyer without charge or obligation and learn about your legal options. Call 214-257-8818 or send us an email to arrange a free consultation.