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What should I know about adoption in Texas?

On Behalf of | Aug 14, 2015 | Family Law |

Adoption is a wonderful thing for many people: parents, children and couples looking to adopt. Though adoption is wonderful, it can also be quite difficult since it is a legal procedure with more than a few hurdles that must be overcome. In order to ensure that your adoption process is smooth, and there are no issues later on down the road, it is highly recommended that couples familiarize themselves with adoption law. Since the law varies by state, Texas residents should be aware of Texas laws.

The good news for Texas residents is that there is not too much to worry about when it comes to adoption in our state. Nearly everyone can adopt a child in Texas, although if the child is more than 11 years old, the child must consent to the adoption. There is also a six-month statute of limitations in which an adoption can be challenged.

Perhaps the most pertinent issue regarding adoption is the legality of adoption for same-sex couples. As these couples are incapable of conceiving children together, adoption is a rather popular method for same-sex couples to expand their family. Until recently, it was very difficult, if not impossible, for same-sex couples to adopt in Texas because their marriage was not legally recognized. The recent Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage across the country has obviously affected this.

Still, Texas has made national headlines on more than one occasion since the Supreme Court ruling because many in the state continue to oppose same-sex marriage. Because of this, same-sex couples are encouraged to seriously consider seeking legal assistance when attempting to adopt a child. The legal aid provided by an attorney can help same-sex couples take advantage of their rights and add another member to their family.