Texas Adoption Questions & Answers

Q: how can I find out if I still have custody of my kids. The mother lost custody about 4yr ago and I just found out about

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Texas on
Answered on Jan 9, 2019
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
There's a lot going on in your situation. It would be most helpful for you to schedule a consultation with an attorney.

Q: Can you adopt in texas if you have a juvenile felony charge and went through deferred adjudication to have it dismissed?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Texas on
Answered on Dec 27, 2018
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
Adoptions take into consideration the totality of the circumstances. In general without knowing the particular charge at hand we could not comment on that particular issue. But, if it were something that would not hinder your parenting skills and you have not been in any trouble since the age of 12 I'm pretty sure you have a shot at adoption. Let us know if we can assist you in this matter. 888-3434LAW or 888-343-4529.

Q: The child's father died before the child was born (they were not married) - can his parents stop an adoption?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Texas on
Answered on Dec 14, 2018
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
This is an odd fact pattern situation. I would say consult with a lawyer to get an in depth analysis of this issue. With a little research I'm sure the answer could be had. I also would ask if the father's name was put on the birth certificate? Are the grandparents attempting to adopt? Is it your husband trying to adopt?

Q: Does it sound like I have grounds for requesting joint custody with success? Terminating her rights?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Texas on
Answered on Nov 24, 2018
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
This is a very technical legal case. I would suggest that you consult with an attorney in your area as on its face it appears that you have good arguments for your adopting them. Good luck in this matter.

Q: My brother fathered twin girls and was denied any visitation by the mom of the girls and her mom later a court gave the

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Texas on
Answered on Nov 24, 2018
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
Your brother should consult with an attorney to find out the proper answer to this question since it appears that there are a lot of other factors that come in to play to be able to respond. Contact an attorney in the county in which you reside for a more precise answer and clearer direction. Good luck in this matter.

Q: I have a girl friend that did a self adoption with another female who didn’t want her child.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Texas on
Answered on Nov 21, 2018
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
There are some things that need clarifying before the question is answered. Confirming that you are not married to the adopted mother? Also, what did the biological father play in this scenario? Was this "adoption" done through the courts? It is great that you want to step up and raise a child that is not your own biologically. If more information is provided I'll see if I can assist with the answer.

Q: Would I be able to bring my biological mother to the U.S. if I get a citizenship status through adoption?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Immigration Law for Texas on
Answered on Oct 16, 2018
Hector E. Quiroga's answer
Unfortunately, no. The legal bonds between you and your bio mom were broken when your aunt adopted you.

Q: I am being sued by my ex- in-laws for original petition and for adoption of a child. I received the documents on may 7.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Texas on
Answered on May 21, 2018
Robert W. Leonard Jr.'s answer
You do need an attorney, and right away. The attorney can review the documents, advise you and prepare the appropriate response.

Q: How do I legally adopt my 9 year old stepson that I have been Raising for 6 years?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Texas on
Answered on May 21, 2018
Robert W. Leonard Jr.'s answer
A step-parent adoption is a relatively simple process, provided the biological mother and father agree to the adoption. The father can be served in prison; there is a very specific way to do that. Contact a local family law attorney who can walk you through all the steps and ensure that everything is done properly.

Q: I'm getting married soon and my wife wants to adopt my kids but how would we go about it

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Answered on Apr 10, 2018
Robert W. Leonard Jr.'s answer
Contact a local family law attorney to work with you on the adoption. The attorney will prepare the appropriate documents for the biological father to sign, and prepare the documents needed for the court.

Your spouse will have to submit to a criminal background check and the court will assign a social worker to conduct a study of your living environment.

The process is pretty simple if the father agrees. If he does not agree or changes his mind, it becomes a lawsuit and you...

Q: Adoption with bench warrant for misdemeanor domestic violence assault

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Domestic Violence for Texas on
Answered on Apr 9, 2018
Kiele Linroth Pace's answer
Any resolution to the Colorado case should be reviewed by a Texas Adoption Attorney BEFORE you accept the deal. Sometimes a tiny change can make a huge difference.

Q: Can my current husband adopt his step daughters if her biological father has nothing to do with her?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Child Custody for Texas on
Answered on Feb 23, 2018
Joy N Obiselu's answer
A step parent cannot do a step-parent adoption without termination of one parent's rights. In this case- you will need to bring a combined suit to terminate dad's rights and a suit for step parent adoption.

Q: If a child was abonded by full custody parent how can I take them in

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Texas on
Answered on Jan 30, 2018
Kevin E. Flynn's answer
I am sorry, your question was posted to Patents (with a T) rather than Parents (with an R). I hope Justia will fix their list to make this easier on people by changing Patents to Patents/Inventions.

I hope you find the right answer from someone with skills in family law.

Good luck.

Kevin E Flynn

Q: How do I get custody if birth mom won't sign over anymore?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Texas on
Answered on Dec 21, 2017
Robert W. Leonard Jr.'s answer
Contact a local family law attorney who will review all of the facts and explain your options. If the attorney determines that you have standing, you will be able to proceed in court. I wish you the best.

Q: So i am here to ask what my options are for my situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for Texas on
Answered on Oct 30, 2017
Kiele Linroth Pace's answer
Try calling SAFE at 800-799-7233. If they can't help you directly, ask for a referral to someone that can help.

Q: Biological father terminated his rights and husband adopted. Can biological father ever regain his rights in Texas?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Child Custody for Texas on
Answered on Oct 20, 2017
Tammy Lyn Wincott's answer
It will depend on whether the initial termination and adoption was done correctly. Please consult with the attorney that handled the adoption for specific answers.

Q: Can my husband adopt my daughter without bio-dad's rights signed off first?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Texas on
Answered on Aug 3, 2017
Mr. Charles C Guidry's answer
1. First petition the court to terminate his parental rights on the basis of ? years of not paying child support & lack of being in the child's life.

2. Get a Court Order to terminate the parental right of the biological father and then

3. Petition for adoption.

4 In some cases you may petition for both in the same pleadings.

Q: My husband and I were given full custody of a child but not through the courts only on notarized paper what do we do no

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Texas on
Answered on Jul 24, 2017
Tammy Lyn Wincott's answer
You visit with a custody attorney in your area. The notarized form doesn't award legal custody. A custody attorney can help you in pursuing legal custody.

Q: Should I request a letter of consent from my nieces guardian in order to let her move in with me? She is 17.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Texas on
Answered on May 30, 2017
Mr. Charles C Guidry's answer
First check with CPS for authorization & explain the situation is the best option.

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