Frequently Asked Questions About Adoption

Adoption and changing the life of a child is one of the most rewarding areas of family law. But with it comes many questions as you begin to proceed. In practice since 1986 in San Antonio, James P. Peterson Attorney at Law has answers.

Can We Terminate The Father's Rights?

Is his name on the birth certificate? If his name is not, and he has not registered with the Texas Paternity Registry, you may be able to terminate his rights. The registry is a place where men can claim their paternal rights by documenting the relationship listing themselves as the father or possible father. Abandonment and failure to pay support also are grounds to terminate parental rights.

How Much Does Adoption Cost?

The average expenses for an adoption run $700 to $800, in addition to the firm's attorney fees, which he makes quite reasonable for the individuals and families he's helping.

Can I Give The Mother Anything Of Value To Expedite The Adoption?

No. It is illegal to gift anything of monetary value that could possibly influence her decision, even if you have good intentions.

Is The Six-Month Waiting Period Mandatory?

Not always. In many cases, the court will waive the six-month waiting requirement if it is in the best interest of the child.

How Long Does The Process Take?

Two to three months minimum. Typically, an average adoption case will take three to four months.

For A Free Consultation, Call James P. Peterson Attorney At Law

Attorney Peterson has worked in the area of adoptions his entire career as a lawyer in Texas. He takes pride in working efficiently and effectively for you. Call 210-349-5555 or send an email to schedule a time to speak with him directly.