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What Do I Need to Know About Stepparent Adoption in Texas?

Stepparents should receive more credit than they are often afforded. Many of these people step into a family, accepting an enormous responsibility without really having to. In most cases, stepparents are a large part of a child’s life without being a legal guardian. But nothing brings a family together quite like a stepparent adoption. When Are Stepparent Adoptions Possible? In Texas, there are a couple of requirements that must be met before a stepparent adoption will be allowed to proceed: The adopting stepparent must be married to the child’s legal parent. The other parent must be absent, deceased, indifferent, or unknown. This parent’s legal rights must be terminated to make room for the adopting parent. What Does the Texas Adoption Process Entail? Below is a summary of what to expect from the process of adopting a stepchild. Filing the Petition – The first step is to file a petition for…
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