Prior to the 1970s, it was common for most adoption records to remain hidden from the public eye, preventing any contact between birth parents and adopted children. The assumption was that this would provide adopted children with a concrete sense of security and belonging to a single family unit while providing birth parents with a sense of closure to move on with their lives. However, the assumption did not always reflect reality. As a potential adoptive parent in Texas, you now have the opportunity of participating in either an open adoption or closed adoption. Because this decision has long-term ramifications, we at the Law Office of Roland R. Esparza believe it is important for you to learn as much as you can about open adoption. That way, you can make an informed decision.
Going through a divorce can be daunting, especially when there are kids involved. Determining what type of custody arrangement will be in the best interest of the children may seem overwhelming. Traditionally, the courts place the child in the sole-custody of the primary caretaker. Yet, studies show the importance of having both parents involved in the child’s life and how a joint-custody arrangement may be best for a child’s development.
At the Law Office of Roland R. Esparza, P.C., we understand social media. There is some satisfaction to be had in sharing an opinion on Twitter, posting an inspiring photo on Instagram or updating your status on Facebook. However, not all things are meant to be shared publicly, especially the details of your divorce. Before you head to Facebook for solace, you and other Texas residents should understand what might happen if you overshare about your legal proceedings.
Among the many important tasks a will can accomplish, selecting a guardian for your minor child is perhaps the most vital. While the topic can be unpleasant to consider, failure to put your wishes in writing will result in the court making a decision on your behalf. To help you through the tough selection process, Forbes recommends the following advice.
If you and your child’s mother were not married to each other at the time of his or her birth, it may shock you to learn that, per Texas law, your child has no legal father. This means that you have no legal rights to your child, including custody or visitation.
At the Law Office of Roland R. Esparza, P.C., in Texas, we know that divorce is never easy. This is especially true if your nonmilitary spouse lives overseas. Not only is international law complicated, coordinating Texas divorce laws with those of any given country can be difficult at best.
The majority of parents who file for divorce in Texas are required to negotiate a parenting plan that will dictate how and when they will see their children. In some cases, the judge presiding over the case will determine which party receives physical and legal custody of the children, or if the couple will share joint custody of the children. The important thing to keep in mind is that parenting plans are not one size fits all. Each family should create a customized plan that will fit their lifestyle and always keep the best interests of the children in mind.
At the Law Office of Roland R. Esparza PC in Texas, we understand the difficulties you face with regard to your fatherhood if you are an unwed father. While your child’s mother automatically becomes the legal mother when the child is born, you do not automatically become his or her legal father. Without legal fatherhood, you have no legal right to see your child, become an integral part of his or her life, or obtain his or her school and medical records.
People wishing to adopt a child in Texas have two options: state adoption and private adoption. Per Texas law, applicants must be at least 21 years old, mature and responsible adults and financially stable. They can be married or unmarried, straight or gay, but they must pass a criminal background check. Should this check reveal a history of domestic or child abuse or neglect, this disqualifies them from adopting a child.
If you are a Texas resident living with someone in a mutually committed relationship, you know that although you were never married by a clergyman or judge, you nevertheless feel just as married as your friends who had a wedding. You will be glad to know that Texas agrees with you and considers you to be legally married.