LGBTQ Adoption Lawyers in Texas
If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer, you may be unsure of what your rights are related to adoption. Our LGBTQ adoption attorneys can help.
Bringing a child into your family is one of the most magical experiences, as well as one that is selfless and generous. For those who want to adopt, though, navigating the legal landscape can be difficult. For individuals and couples who identify as LGBTQ, the process can feel even more intimidating - the state of Texas does not have a history of inclusion and equity. If you are pursuing an adoption, having legal representation throughout the process is key. At the office of Musemeche Law, P.C., our LGBTQ adoption lawyers can help.
Who can Adopt in Texas?
According to Texas law, there is no prohibition on the adoption of children by same-sex couples. While the statute and the courts have not explicitly addressed the issue of same-sex adoption/LGTBQ adoption, the Court of Appeals in Texas has held that a lower court’s decision permitting same-sex adoption was not a “fundamental error,” creating precedent. This means that as the law stands now, married couples, regardless of sexual orientation, have the same rights to adoption, and LGBTQ couples can adopt as a couple.
Why is Adoption Important?
For couples who want children, adoption may be the best way to bring a child into your life, especially if other alternatives are impractical, unfeasible, or undesirable - such as IVF. Adoption is also common in stepparent cases, where one party in the relationship has a child from a previous relationship. Stepparent adoption and other forms of legal adoption are important because adoption established legal rights - the same legal rights and responsibilities that the child’s biological parent would have.
LGBTQ Adoption in Texas: Concerns About Discrimination
While there is no law in Texas that explicitly discriminates against LGBTQ individuals or couples, HB 3859, which was signed into law in 2017 by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, has been highly criticized. The law allows child welfare organizations and adoption agencies to turn away qualified individuals and couples based on religious objections.
Work with a Skilled TX LGBTQ Adoption Lawyer
If you are an individual who identifies as LGBTQ or if you are in an LGBTQ relationship, working with a skilled adoption lawyer is important. In all cases, having an attorney on your side who can represent you during the adoption process is key; as an LGBTQ person, working with an attorney may be even more important and critical in protecting your rights under the law.
At the office of Musemeche Law, P.C., our LGBTQ adoption lawyer is passionate about their work and serving clients from diverse backgrounds. We believe that the most important thing that a prospective legal parent can offer a child is love - sexual orientation has nothing to do with a person’s ability to care for a child, and should not play a role in the adoption process.
To learn more about LGBTQ adoption and to get the legal support you need, call our law office directly or send us a message at your convenience. We are here to advocate for you.