Adoption is a beautiful thing for thousands of Texas families, and as a Mansfield-Fort Worth adoption attorney, we at the Law Office of Wendy L. Hart relish the opportunity to help bring a family together. In fact, Texas adoption law is one of our strongest practice areas, and we have helped many, many Texas families through the long and exciting, though highly complex, adoption process.
If you are looking to adopt, or you need legal representation to work out an adoption-related issue or ensure a smooth, fulfilling adoption experience, call the leading Mansfield-Fort Worth adoption attorney! We can assure absolute devotion to your adoption process, and we’ll always work diligently and around-the-clock to help you through the difficult legal issues associated with adoption.
To speak to adoption lawyer Wendy L. Hart, call our Mansfield-Fort Worth law office today by dialing (817) 842-2336.
Understanding the Adoption Process in Texas
So, when interested or considering adoption, one of the most difficult parts is knowing where to start. For Texas residents, there are actually many options available, and it’s important to look at each option to balance the options you have with the type of adoption you want. For example, some initial questions you should ask yourself include:
- Do you want an infant or an older child?
- Do you want to adopt domestically or internationally?
According to Texas law, adopting parents must be at least 21 years old, financially stable, and responsible, mature adults. Furthermore, Texas law permits both private and agency adoptions. With private adoptions, often known as independent adoptions, the adopting parents must locate a birth mother willing to place the child for adoption (in Texas, your attorney can’t locate the birth mother for adoptive parents). With agency adoptions, on the other hand, the prospective parents will work with an agency, and, often, the parents must wait for the agency to notify them.
How Can an Adoption Attorney Help
An adoption attorney can be a major asset as you go through the adoption process. In fact, since adoptions are finalized through legal proceedings, an adoption attorney can help represent the adopting parents in court. An attorney will also gather the necessary information for your specific adoption, draft and organize legal documents, and guides the adopting individuals so that they can legally establish themselves as parents.
Furthermore, numerous issues may arise during the process that will require the help of an attorney. For instance, the adopting parents may need to notify and/or locate the birth father, negotiate adoption agreements, help the parents understand tax benefits, and so forth.
Contact the Law Office of Wendy L. Hart
At the Law Office of Wendy L. Hart, our greatest professional accomplishments involve happy families brought together. As such, you can expect passionate service, thorough knowledge of Texas adoption law, and compassion towards your goal and interests. To begin the adoption process or to work out an existing issue, call our Mansfield-Fort Worth family law office today at (817) 842-2336.