Adoption

Adoptions can be a wonderful and exciting time for a family. The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC is here to help make the adoption go smoothly.

Under Texas law, once you adopt someone, you become the legal parent of the child, and have all rights and duties associated with being the parent.

It may be difficult to get an adoption of a child in certain circumstances. Under Texas law, if the parents of the child are still alive (or if they have not had their parental rights terminated), it is more difficult to get an adoption than it is to get custody (sole managing conservatorship) of the child. This is because to get an adoption, the parental rights of previous parents must be terminated (there can only be one set of parents at a time).
For this reason, if the parents of the child are still alive and have not had their parental rights terminated, then you may want to acquire legal custody of the child before worrying about an adoption.

You can be appointed as the sole managing conservator to a child if certain conditions are met. Generally, to get custody of a child that is not yours, you will need to have had possession of the child for a year and it must be in the child’s best interests (other factors may apply, depending on the situation). While getting custody of the child is not often as ideal as an adoption, it provides certain advantages: first, it is easier to get than an adoption, and second, it obligates the natural parents of the child to provide child support (this obligation ceases after an adoption).

The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC offers flat fees for adoptions. The typical fees for all family law matters, including adoption follow:

  • $1,250 - Prenuptial/Postnuptial Agreements (more if your case is extremely complex). Prenuptial agreements, marital property divisions, partition and exchange agreements, etc.
  • $4,000-$8,750 - Adoption (more if your case is extremely complex; you are responsible for costs).
  • $2,000 - Uncontested Divorce (you are responsible for costs). Both parties must agree on everything.
  • $4,500-$10,000 - Contested Divorce (more if your case is extremely complex; you are responsible for costs).
  • $3,750 - Child Custody Modification (you are responsible for costs).
  • $2,000 - Uncontested Child Custody Modification (you are responsible for costs). Both parties must agree on everything.
  • $2,500 - Child Support Modification (you are responsible for costs).
  • $950 - Divorce Document Preparation (you are responsible for costs). This includes no representation beyond the initial consultation, drafting and providing you with customized paperwork to file with the court, and an in-depth session discussing the general process.


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