The process of legal adoption usually involves the termination of the parental rights of one or both biological parents. At the Law Office of J. Michael Clay we provide legal services in the area of adoption. As such, we take no part in “arranging adoptions” or locating children for purposes of adoption. Our role instead is to represent one party to an adoption and seek to facilitate and expedite the legal adoption process.

The most common type of private adoption (as opposed to an agency adoption) is a “step-parent” adoption, in which one spouse legally adopts the biological child of the other spouse. The parental rights of the other biological parent are then terminated. San Antonio Adoption Lawyer J. Michael Clay has helped many clients in this process.

In other types of adoption, both biological parents may voluntarily relinquish their parental rights, allowing for adoption of the child by (a) qualified adoptive parent(s). In the instance of involuntary terminations, adoptive parent(s) bring suit against the biological parent(s) to involuntarily terminate the parental rights of the biological parent(s). The Texas Family Code contains a number of grounds under which involuntary termination can be granted. The matter is then either resolved by agreement or else heard and resolved by a judge. San Antonio Adoption Attorney J. Michael Clay has the qualifications and experience necessary to represent clients involved in each of these types of adoption.

Under Texas law, a person is not required to be married in order to adopt a child. At the Law Office of J. Michael Clay, we provide affordable assistance to all clients, both single and married, seeking legal services in the area of adoption.

If you seek legal services in adoption, contact us for a cost-free consultation. We will answer your questions and determine if we can be of assistance to you.

If you want to know more about family law in general, you are invited to consult the Texas Family Code which contains most of the laws which govern divorces and other family law matters in the State of Texas. Please be aware that the version of the Texas Family Code to which this hyperlink takes you is the most current version available online (2006), but is subject to legislative changes every two years (and sometimes even more often). Therefore, you should not take any action (or fail to take any action) based on the information you find in that version unless you have first received advice from an attorney of your choice and verified that the relevant section of the Texas Family Code is the most current.

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