FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC ADOPTION
The adoption of a child is a wonderful event for a family and it is important to know how to navigate the state and interstate adoption process. Once you find a child you would like to adopt, contact an attorney at the Law Offices of Mary Ann Beaty, P.C., in Dallas, Texas, to learn about the adoption process.
For 40 years, our firm has been assisting families with the joyous process of adopting a child. We concentrate on ensuring you understand all aspects of the baby adoption process. Dallas adoption lawyer Mary Ann Beaty represents people in:
- Stepparent adoptions
- Contested adoptions
- Agency adoptions
- Private adoptions
- Grandparent adoptions
- Domestic and foreign adoptions
- Petitions terminating parental rights
Many families turn to foreign countries to adopt. Once you find a suitable child to adopt you must work with the U.S. government and the state of Texas to ensure the validity of your adoption.
Given the recent changes in homeland security regulations, it is especially important to have our firm review your foreign adoption. Mary Ann Beaty can reaffirm a foreign baby adoption to protect its legal validity.
We will assist you in both closed and open adoptions of children. In a closed adoption, you will have no personal contact with the biological parents and the parties’ identities are not known to each other. In an open adoption, you and the biological parents can choose to exchange information. We can guide you through the adoption process with either an adoption agency or a private party.
To learn how to adopt a child, contact the Law Offices of Mary Ann Beaty, P.C. for an initial consultation with a lawyer. We assist families in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex and throughout North Texas.
With the high rate of divorce and remarriage in the U.S., stepparent adoptions are quite common. To make sure the adoption process goes smoothly, it is a good idea to work with a knowledgeable family law lawyer.
Mary Ann Beaty has over 40 years of experience as a family law attorney. She can help you and your family through each step of an adoption. To discuss your legal needs with a Dallas stepparent adoptions attorney, please call 800-491-7565 or contact us online.
RELINQUISHMENT OR TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS
Stepparent adoptions often occur in the context of a blended family. When a stepparent wishes to establish legal rights to a child, we can draft a voluntary relinquishment of parental rights for the estranged biological parent to sign. That parent’s rights must be terminated before the adoption can move forward. Both the termination of the biological parent’s rights and the granting of the stepparent’s request for adoption must be in the best interest of the child.
If the biological parent is alive but will not sign the voluntary agreement, you can file a suit for termination of his or her parental rights. Reasons for termination of parental rights may include a biological parent who is:
- Not involved in the child’s life
- In jail or prison
- Addicted to alcohol or drugs
You must try to notify the parent of your intent to terminate his or her parental rights. If you receive no response, a court order can be issued for termination of parental rights.
Once the rights of the estranged parent are terminated, the adoption can proceed. Please call our office at 800-491-7565 to schedule an appointment with adoption lawyer Mary Ann Beaty today.