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Im looking into getting some information on adoption of a

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Hi, Im looking into getting some information on adoption of a child by a stepparent.
JA: Because family law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: Texas
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?
Customer: No, Ive spoke to one secretary, but basically she just told me it would cost $3000-$7000 for her service and thats not something we can afford.
JA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?
Customer: My husband has been raising my daughter for the past four years, The biological father has not ever been in her life, has not paid a penny in child support not supported her in any way.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  FamilyAttorney replied 1 year ago.

Hello. I’m a family lawyer and appellate attorney with 36 years’ experience and also have extensive experience with landlord-tenant issues. I look forward to helping you today.

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How can I help you with your adoption question? You know that an absent biological father either has to sign an agreement for an adoption or it can happen as follows:

There is one biological parent who is active in the child’s life because the other biological parent is absent by choice. In this event, a step parent adoption in TX can happen.

Expert:  FamilyAttorney replied 1 year ago.

I can find other attorneys for you in your area and you can check to see how much it would cost. I'm sure the price varies. An adoption requires a lot of paperwork so not all family lawyers do it. Funny, I just wrote an article about step parent adoption in TX.

If you would like I can find attorneys in your area, family lawyers. You would have to ask if they do adoptions because not all family lawyers do adoptions, but I can send you a list of lawyers if I know the nearest big city -- the bigger the better -- and then I'll show you how to choose attorneys. We cannot recommend anyone specific, but I have an easy guide which will show you what to look for when you choose an attorney. Would you like this information? I do this free of charge for my customers here.

Expert:  FamilyAttorney replied 1 year ago.

From your information, you would qualify to have a step parent adoption in TX under the laws of TX. It's only permissible under certain circumstances, and it would be permissible for your husband to adopt your daughter under the circumstances you indicate. I'm happy to help you find an attorney in your area if you'd like.

Do you have any other questions or does this answer your question? I'm more than happy to help you. Just note that your situation, from what you're stating here, does qualify for step parent adoption under the laws in TX because there is an absent parent. The price will vary from attorney to attorney but I would suggest shopping around, and I can help you with that if you'd like.

Does this answer your question?

Expert:  FamilyAttorney replied 1 year ago.

I know a lot about step parent adoptions in TX as I just wrote an article about it, so feel free to ask me any follow-up questions at no extra cost to you.

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