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Adoption requirements for singles and couples in Texas

On Behalf of | Oct 23, 2015 | Family Law

As time goes by, families may experience a number of legal issues. No family is perfect, so it is not surprising that some people end up in court when they are having a disagreement or dispute over something. Child custody and support are common family legal matters that parents will need to address when they’re children are under their care, but for some people, their struggle may be with getting a child. Since adoption isn’t as easy as signing a paper and agreeing to care for a child, singles and couples looking to adopt have to meet certain criteria before the state allows them to adopt a child.

In Texas, when someone wants to adopt, there are certain requirements they must meet before they can finalize the adoption. Anyone can adopt, but when two people are married the requirements are different. If the person wanting to adopt is married, they will also need their spouse to join in and consent to the adoption. There is also a residency requirement that people must meet. Before the adoption is finalized, the parent or parents will have to have lived in the state for at least six months.

There are certain requirements that you must meet prior to adopting a child, and you will want to get assistance before and during the process. Sometimes not knowing what the adoption process entails can slow things down, but if you know what to expect and are prepared for it, then you may be able to adopt your child faster. You want to have the best chance of being approved for an adoption. If familiarizing yourself with the adoption process and laws will help, then it is worth it.

Anyone who is considering adopting a child may want to speak to an attorney. There are laws that apply to this family legal matter, so you will want to be informed when you start the adoption process. An attorney can assist prior to the adoption, during the process and after, should there be any legal matters that need to be resolved.


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