How Family Law Affects Adoption

Adoption is a wonderful act that brings new families together and helps find homes for those without other options. How can family law affect your adoption?

Whether you are adopting a child that you already have a preexisting relationship with or an entirely different situation, a family lawyer can be an incredibly helpful resource. There are many variables and moving parts involved, included the original country of the child, corresponding government regulations, and home in which the child will now be living. Regardless of your situation, clearing up some of the more complex legal issues with a family lawyer is the right direction to head in.

Some of the most important aspects of adoption that are worth consulting a family lawyer include the following:

  • State adoption laws- each state has different guidelines and legal parameters pertaining to adoptive parents and consequent consent requirements

  • Safe Haven laws- this refers to state laws permitting mothers to relinquish their parental rights and turning over the child to the state as an alternative

  • Adoption fraud- this complicated situation can arise in the event that either party misrepresents themselves or the child for personal or financial gain

  • Who can adopt a child- the qualifications for who may be eligible to adopt is extremely important before undergoing the lengthy and expensive process


Obviously the most important part of the adoption process is the well-being and happiness of the child involved, so taking care of the complexities beforehand will save you a world of trouble and money. It is of the utmost importance to make sure that those who are adopting and the child are entering a satisfactory living situation, meet all legal requirements and consent to the process before moving forward.


Consider consulting with one if you have questions that need answering, or if you are ready to move forward with your case. If you live in the Houston area and need to speak with someone, call (832) 632 4639 to set up an appointment.

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