Adoption is an important path to parenthood for many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender families. At Alexander Law Firm, we specialize in helping our LGBT clients with the adoption process and advocating for their rights.
Same-sex marriage is recognized in the state of Texas, however, marriage alone does not provide protection of parental rights. It is vital that both spouses are recognized as legal parents to all the children in the family. Our firm will work to ensure that both parents in the family have the same legal rights and responsibilities.
What is LGBT Adoption?
LGBT Adoption can take several forms depending on each family’s unique situation. The most common adoption scenarios may include:
- Single-parent Adoption – A single LGBT parent adopts a child on his/her own.
- Second-parent Adoption – A same-sex parent adopts the biological or adoptive child of his or her partner or spouse. The first parent loses no parental rights. The child now has two legal parents and the parental rights of both parents are protected.
- Joint Adoption – A same-sex couple jointly adopts a child.
When you contact Alexander Law Firm, we will discuss your particular situation and help you determine the adoption process that is right for your family.
Important Information about LGBT Adoption
While Obergefell v. Hodges ensured that same-sex marriage is legally recognized in the state of Texas, it is important to note that a legally recognized marriage does not automatically protect the rights of both parents. Only through the adoption process can the legal rights of both parents be protected.
It is important to work with an attorney who is experienced in assisting with LGBT adoptions and is familiar with the process. As an LGBT parent herself, Meghan Alexander has personal experience working with same-sex couples and LGBT adoptions. She is familiar with the process and will guide your family with sensitivity and understanding while she works to ensure that your rights are fully protected.
Second Parent Adoptions for one child in Travis County are completed for a flat rate of $2000. This flat fee includes court filing fees, but does not include the cost of a home study.
Alexander Law Firm is here to help you protect your family and ensure your parental rights. Contact us with your questions about LGBT adoptions or to discuss your family’s unique situation. We are here to listen, review your options, and advocate for you and your family.