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Adoption Attorneys in Fort Worth

Helping Families Grow in Wise County, Tarrant County, Johnson County, & Parker County

Adoption is a wonderful way to expand or create a family. At the Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC, our family lawyers help prospective adoptive parents throughout Texas achieve their goals and navigate the difficult process to a successful resolution.

Discuss your goals with our Fort Worth adoption attorneys by calling (817) 497-8148.

Stepparent Adoptions

Couple signing adoption papersOne of the most common types of adoptions we handle is stepparent adoption. While it is wonderful when a stepparent wants to adopt and raise a stepchild as his or her own, there are important legal issues that must be handled properly by a knowledgeable attorney.

The first issue to address in a stepparent adoption is the termination of the biological parent’s rights. This is a very complex issue and for good reason, as the termination of parental rights is irrevocable. Our Fort Worth adoption attorneys focus on making sure that parents and children understand the implications of adoption so that a positive solution can be reached efficiently.

Termination of Parental Rights in Texas

For any adoption to occur, the biological parents must agree to relinquish their parental rights. In certain circumstances, parental rights can be terminated without the parent’s express consent.

The voluntary termination of parental rights is most often seen in situations where a parent who is not involved in his child's life relinquishes his parental rights to clear the path for a stepparent adoption. However, in many instances, the parent has been out of the picture for so long that an attempt must be made to locate him and provide notice of the adoptive parent’s wish to terminate his rights. Once all attempts to make contact with the parent have failed, the termination process can legally begin. Another reason that a parent may decide to terminate parental rights is to excuse themselves from the obligations of having to pay child support.

Choose the Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC

From your initial meeting with our Fort Worth adoption lawyers through the conclusion of your case, you can rely on our firm to provide you with legal services tailored to your unique circumstances. For attentive service and peace of mind during a complex process, choose our team of seasoned professionals.

Contact our office online or at (817) 497-8148 today. We represent clients from Wise, Parker, Johnson, & Tarrant Counties.

Meet Our Team 

Dedicated Family Law Professionals
  • Mark M. Childress
  • Desiree A. Hartwigsen
  • Elizabeth C. Barr
  • Sarah E. Robbins
  • Diondra D. Lindquist
  • Konnor Lee
  • Amie M. Wilson
  • Mark M. Childress Mark M. Childress

    Founding Attorney

    Areas of Practice Divorce Complex Divorce Family Law Custody & Visitation Property Division Adoption Military Divorce ...
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  • Desiree A. Hartwigsen Desiree A. Hartwigsen

    Associate Attorney

    Desiree A. Hartwigsen grew up in Stephenville, Texas where she graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. During her time at Tarleton, Desiree studied abroad in London, England at Queen Mary’s University where she studied Comparative Criminal Justice.
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  • Elizabeth C. Barr Elizabeth C. Barr

    Associate Attorney

    Elizabeth C. Barr is a Dallas/Fort Worth native. She attended college at the University of North Texas where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Elizabeth’s eagerness to learn lead her to law school at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law where she obtained her Juris Doctorate Degree. While in law school Elizabeth knew she wanted to practice family law.
  • Sarah E. Robbins Sarah E. Robbins

    Associate Attorney

    Sarah E. Robbins is the newest member of the team at the Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC. She was born and raised in Colorado where she graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a minor in communications. After a visit to her uncle’s law office at the age of six, Sarah decided to follow in her uncle’s footsteps and become a lawyer.
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  • Diondra D. Lindquist Diondra D. Lindquist

    Associate Attorney

    Diondra Denise Lindquist grew up in Norman, OK where she graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in ...
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  • Konnor Lee Konnor Lee

    Associate Attorney

    Konnor Lee was raised in Arlington, TX and attended the University of Arkansas , where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts ...
  • Amie M. Wilson Amie M. Wilson


    Amie began working in family law as a receptionist in a small private practice where she was tasked with answering the telephone, corresponding with clients and court staff and handling a multitude of other administrative duties. Amie’s ability to multitask and her attention to detail lead her to be tasked with handling an overflow of paralegal work.
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Why Choose Us for Your Family Matters?

  • Direct Access To Your Attorney

    Our Attorneys personally handle each case themselves. You will have direct access to your attorney to be able to get the answers that you need. 

  • Transparancy

    Honesty and transparency are critical in building trust with your attorney. You will always know what is going on with your case every step of the way.

  • Team Oriented

    At our firm you're not just a case number, our staff will always know the status of your case and help to make your situation more manageable.

  • Personalized Approach

    Our team understands that no two cases are the same. Your strategy will be tailored specifically to you and your family's goals.

  • Rated by Super Lawyers - Rising Stars
  • Fort Worth Texas City Magazine - Top Attorneys
  • Best Divorce Lawyers in Fort Worth - Expertise 2020
  • Top Attorneys 2020 - Rated by 360 West Magazine
  • Top 10 Business - Thervo
  • Client Champion 2020- Martindale Hubbell