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 Adoption attorneyThe process of adopting a child is one of the most fulfilling, yet emotional, journeys you will take during your lifetime. Like most journeys, the road to adoption can be difficult to navigate and may be riddled with obstacle. The key to successfully navigating the path to adoption is to have an experienced Texas adoption attorney on your side. Like many people in your position, however, you may have no idea where to begin in your search for the right adoption attorney. After all, an adoption attorney is not someone you have likely worked with in the past.  Ultimately, only you can decide which adoption attorney is right for you and your needs; however, the following five tips for finding the right adoption attorney may help you in your search.

  • Be clear about what/who you need. This may sound like an obvious tip; however, people often begin the search for an attorney without being clear, in their own head, what they need beyond needing an attorney. Any attorney with a license to practice law in the State of Texas can, in theory, represent you in an adoption. Just because an attorney can, however, doesn’t mean he/she should. Adoption is a specialized area of family law that requires a thorough knowledge of the issues involved. Just as you would not go to a general practitioner if you had a heart problem, why would you go to an attorney who has a “general law practice” if you need someone who is knowledgeable about a specific area of the law. Likewise, you would not see a podiatrist for a heart problem, you would treat with a cardiologist. Therefore, don’t hire a lawyer whose practice is focused on criminal law or corporate law to represent you in a family law matter.
  • Seek referrals.  A referral is often the best possible way to locate the right attorney for your needs. Talk to friends and family and let them know you are looking for a good adoption attorney. You might even want to ask co-workers if they happen to know an experienced adoption attorney. If you prefer to keep your plans to adopt private for now, you might be able to get a referral from someone in a local adoption support group.

Adoption LawyerAdopting a child can result in the creation of a family or it can enlarge an existing family. For both a child hoping for a forever family and an adult hoping to become a parent it can be the realization of a dream. The adoption process, however, can be a complex and often confusing process. Navigating the legal system can be a challenge under ideal circumstances. Adopting a child is often an emotionally draining time period, creating less than ideal circumstances. If you are contemplating adoption, or have already made the decision to adopt a child, the most important step you can take to reduce the frustration and confusion often caused by the legal system is to retain the services of an experienced Texas adoption lawyer. To illustrate how important the right attorney can be, consider the following 10 questions an adoption lawyer can answer for you.

  • Are there different types of adoption? It is important to understand, at the beginning of your road to adoption, the different type of adoption available because each may require slightly different steps. Adopting a step-child, for instance, will not involve the same steps as adopting a child from another country.
  • Which type of adoption is right for me? Once your lawyer has explained the various types of adoption you will need to decide which type is right for you.

Process to Adopt in TexasAdopting a child is one of the most important things you will do during your lifetime. After all, adoption creates or enlarges a family. If you have never been through the adoption process before it can certainly seem intimidating. The old adage “knowledge is power” applies here. Once you know the overall process to adopt in Texas you may find that the prospect of going through the process doesn’t seem quite as intimidating.

There are several different types of adoption that you may wish to pursue, including:

· Agency adoption – involves using a licensed adoption agency to help find a child.

on-dads-shoulder-604634-mWith nearly half of all marriages ending in divorce in this country, and with the odds of remarriage even higher, many of our kids across the country find themselves with new step-parents and step-siblings. Ideally, blended families adjust and become a solid, functioning and healthy unit. This can include one parent adopting his or her step-child. It’s an important decision and one parents take seriously. After all, by adopting a step-child, you’re showing you have faith in a second or third marriage that has even higher odds of breaking apart than first marriages. Like all things in life, it’s a leap of faith.

Adopting a Step-Child

Did you know adopting a step-child is the most common adoption process in the U.S? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, close to 7 percent of children are adopted by a step parent, which is essentially twice as many children adopted by both parents. According to statistics, in Texas, more than 5 percent of children are in households with a stepparent. Many of these children will be adopted by their step mother or step father, and this is done most often when the kids are between the ages of 12 and 17.

Dad Adopted MeUsually, when we think of adoption, we think of two parents who’ve thought long and hard about the adoption process. More than ever before, we’re seeing fathers adopting their wives’ children from a former relationship. The results can be nothing short of beautiful. Here’s a perfect example of a father’s love.

My mom met my dad when I was a year old. She’d married young – fifteen, I think, which wasn’t uncommon in the sixties – and as one might expect, the divorce followed shortly after I was born. Mom married at 15, had me two years later and by the time she was 18, she was a divorced mom. My dad had just returned from Vietnam and had admired my mom since they were kids. He’d bought a new Camaro and couldn’t wait to show it to Mom when he learned she was no longer married. I’m sure I was a surprise, but it didn’t stop him. Mom said every date they went on, I was right there with them. Dad never seemed to mind and after going to the drive in movie on a Friday night, complete with me – less than two years old – Dad proposed to Mom.

Here’s what I didn’t know.

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