Independent Adoption Lawyer | Arlington, TX
Our firm has consummated the adoptions of over 300 children. As adoptive parents, we are uniquely situated to understand the complexities of this process, and joy it brings.
Kellye is licensed to practice law in all Texas State Courts. Ms. Hughes focuses her practice on cases involving abused and neglected children. She has been lead counsel on more than 2, 000 cases and has participated as lead counsel in several jury trials. As part of her dedication to the practice of law and training of lawyers, she frequently speaks at continuing legal …
Do you want to adopt a child without going through an adoption agency? Consult with an Arlington attorney experienced in arranging independent adoptions. Your attorney can work with you and the birth parents to ensure an agreeable arrangement for all.
An independent adoption is also referred to as a private adoption. Not every state permits such adoptions, but a Arlington attorney can advise you on the applicable law in your case and he or she will work with you and the birth parents to arrange communication, prepare legal papers, negotiate payments to the birth mother, and assist you throughout the adoption process.
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