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My step daughter is 20 years old. Her father died when she

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My step daughter is 20 years old. Her father died when she was 8 and I have raised her. Can I adopt her? Her birth mother hasn't been in her life since she was 5 months old.
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 laywer yet?
Customer: no
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: no that is it
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Stacy Adkins replied 1 year ago.

Hi, I'm Stacy and will be helping you today. Give me just a moment to review your question.

Expert:  Stacy Adkins replied 1 year ago.

Since your stepdaughter is an adult, there's no need to worry about any consent from biological parents. You just need to file a petition in family court. There will be a hearing and assuming it appears the adoption is not being sought to defraud creditors or avoid responsibilities under the law, it should be granted. Some states offer these forms already prepared and you just fill in the blanks. Contact your local court clerk's office to see if your county is one of them. Here's a link to forms if you are required to prepare them yourself. Your stepdaughter can join in the petition which further shows your consent to the proceeding.

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Expert:  Stacy Adkins replied 1 year ago.

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