As you prepare to negotiate child custody arrangements with your spouse in Texas, you should have an understanding of the role a non-custodial parent plays in these arrangements. This is important to know in the event that you become the non-custodial parent as deemed by the court or through negotiations with your former spouse.
The decision and willingness to add a new member to one's family is of course both admirable and heart-warming. There are many different methods of adoption, but with same-sex couples, this could be especially complicated. Although gay marriage was legalized throughout the United States in 2015, the process for same-sex couples to adopt still often comes with some additional challenges in many states, and may even be illegal in other states, including Florida.
Completing one's family is a goal to which many Texas parents aspire. There are various ways to achieve this, and one of them is through the process of adoption. Adopting a child gives that child stability and a peaceful, safe, and nurturing environment in which to flourish. Whether you are adopting a biological relative, a stepchild, or someone else, you are about to change that child's life forever.
When a Texas resident with a child from a previous relationship gets married to someone other than the child's biological parent, the marriage does not create a relationship between the child and his or her stepparent that is recognized by law. This means that although the spouse may be caring and providing for their stepchild in every way imaginable, legally this would mean nothing. In these situations, the biological parent would have to give their spouse written consent for mundane daily activities such as picking up the child from school or getting medical care for them. One way to avoid this and create a legal relationship between the spouse and stepchild is through stepchild adoption.
Adoption is a beautiful concept. It allows a parent or parents who do not want or are unable to care for a child to offer their child to a parent or couple who either cannot have children or choose to adopt for other reasons. Let's say you want to adopt. How does the adoption process work in a nutshell?
Growing your family through adoption is a wonderful thing to do. Adoption brings together parents who want a child with a child in need of a family. Of course, an adopted child in Texas still has biological parents, in addition to their adoptive parents. Therefore, decisions will need to be made about how much contact, if any, there will be between the adoptive child and his or her biological parents.