Legal Question in Family Law in Texas

Can my now wife adopt my three boys, since their mother left them to me and moved to California and has not paid child support or seen them in over a year?

Asked on 11/12/13, 4:39 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Kevin Henderson Kevin Henderson Attorney at Law

Step-parent adoptions are pretty common and are not all that difficult. Adoption is a two step process. First, the parental rights of the children's mother must be terminated. Next, the step-parent adopts the children. Termination of parental rights can be by agreement or it can be for "cause". There are several reasons set out in the Family Code. Adoptions require a home study and, in some counties, also require an ad litem to represent the children. It seems to me that each county does these a little differently. You should sit down with a family law attorney in your county and talk through the process.

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Answered on 11/13/13, 7:47 am

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