When you get married in Texas, your new wife may have children from a previous marriage. In some situations, you may want to adopt these children. Keith D. Becker, is available to assist with your questions about this process.
There are a few things you usually need to take into consideration when you want to adopt your stepchildren. In most situations, you will need the consent of the children’s birth father. Once this parent gives his consent, he usually terminates his parental rights. While some fathers may not be willing to give this consent, others may realize that the adoption will be the best for the child. The adoption process will require a home study and recommendation that the adoption is best for the child.
It is important to consider that, after the adoption, from the court’s perspective, the child is the same as any biological child. This means you enjoy the benefits of parenting and also the legal obligations. If you and the child’s mother divorce, those legal obligations continue so it is important that you consider this fact when adopting a stepchild.
There are numerous reasons why adopting your stepchildren can be a good choice for your family. Once you have legally adopted these children, they can be added to your will, giving you the ability to provide for them after your death. If you also have children, an adoption can make all of the children legal siblings and help your family avoid rivalry. An adoption also shows your stepchildren that you are committed to being their father. More information about this subject, call Keith D. Becker.