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Becoming a stepparent can be a daunting situation. You may not know exactly what to expect. However, many stepparents grow into their role and really make an impact on their stepchildren. Often, you may play more of a parental role than you expected if the child’s biological parent is not in his or her life. Eventually, as your relationship grows, you and your spouse may decide to undergo a Texas stepparent adoption, which is where you adopt the child and become his or her legal parent.

According to the Texas Constitution and Statutes, if you are married to one of a child’s parents, then you may file for stepparent adoption. Your spouse must be in agreement about the adoption. In addition, the absent parent must sign away his or her rights to the child.

You may also file for stepparent adoption if you were married to one of the child’s parents previously. In this case, you need to have taken care of the child for at least the past year. The child needs to be at least two years old. You must also have the consent of your former spouse.

With this type of adoption, the requirements are not as stringent as they are with other types of adoptions. The court may not require you to submit to a background check or other checks typically required in an adoption. Since you are adopting in conjunction with the biological parent, it makes the process move more smoothly and easily through the court. This information is for education and is not legal advice.