Being a family law attorney is one of the most difficult practices of law because it is filled with constant turmoil and emotional distress. Most of my cases consist of people fighting over property and worse, children. For instance, a parent may miss their weekend visitation due to work or other obligation that they could not avoid and when trying to work out a makeup visitation weekend, they are denied “because it is not in the orders.” This is not even close to the worst behaviors that I have witnessed. I will never understand why people insist on involving the children in adult situations, but it is something I deal with all too regularly.
In the midst of these cases, though, sometimes I have the opportunity to bring families together through adoption. These types of cases genuinely make my job worthwhile. I look forward to these types of cases and feel that it is one of the few perks of family law. Adoptions truly make the practice of law worthwhile. In Kaufman County and the surrounding counties, I have the pleasure of helping people unite their families through stepparent adoptions and other familial adoptions such as grandparents adopting their grandchildren. In order to do this, one or both of the biological parents must have their parental rights terminated. This is done either voluntarily or involuntarily. In the involuntary termination cases, there are specific statutory instances of when this can occur. Parties also have to participate in a social study, criminal history background searches, and the child is represented by their own attorney to ensure that the end goal of adoption is in fact in the best interest of the child. While some of these cases may be difficult, it is absolutely worth it to see the child smile at the final hearing. It brings pure joy to see parents who act in the best interest of their children. I have people who choose to be parents for a child and choose to do the right thing and for that, they are rewarded. It is always refreshing when I am hired on an adoption.
I have written many informative pieces on adoptions and what it takes to get you to that point. I hope you see that I have a passion for doing this type of work. If you, your spouse, or anyone in your family are considering adoption or would like more information on how to pursue an adoption, please do not hesitate to contact me. It is my hope to do more adoptions than divorces one day and I would love to help you. Schedule your consultation today.
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Courtney Repka Wortham is an experienced attorney who has the knowledge to answer the most pressing and frequently asked legal questions.