I live in Texas and my 32 year old step daughter has asked me to formally adopt her. I have been in her life since she

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Customer: I live in Texas and my 32 year old step daughter has asked me to formally adopt her. I have been in her life since she was 8 and have been with her father just as long. Her biological mother has been in and out of her life since she was born. Do we need to let her biological mother know she wants me to legally adopt her?
JA: Do both biological parents consent to the adoption?
Customer: her father is fully consentual. She is worried to discuss this with her bio mom since bio mom is an active drug abuser. She is concerned that it will cause bio mom to go get high and cause more stress on her pregnant sister as bio mom is staying with her sister.
JA: Is there a custody agreement or order in place?
Customer: no ma'am
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: We've always had the kids. bio mom was always in and out of jail and we were the constant
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Hello, I’m here to help you today. I'm a licensed attorney with over 35 years’ experience in family law. I'll review your question and be right back.

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The information provided here is for educational purposes only. No attorney-client relationship is formed.

Here is a reliable Texas Office of Court Administration's page showing how to apply for adult adoption. You may not have to give the mother notice, as in some jurisdictions the only consent required is the adult adoptee's.

However, if you and your step-parent's father are not married, your filing for adoption could terminate any parental rights he may have after adulthood, so you would be her only legal parent.

From the forms you can click on, there appear to be no consent forms for the mother, though, as you say, in your situation, the father must agree.

Do you want to look at that link and let me know if you have other questions?

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My step daughter's father and I have been married for 24 years. He's fully aware and fully consents to this adoption taking place
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Thank you for accepting my answer.

i'm sorry I'm not in a position to take the Live Phone Call JA offers at this time.

If I can be of further assistance in this format, please let me know.

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