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Adult Adoption Forms

This section of the most popular forms page, contains links to the forms for adopting an adult.

Adult Adoption Forms without name change

Click the link above for the forms, information, and instructions.

Who can file an adult adoption case?

Any adult can file an adoption case for another adult if:

  • The adult requesting the adoption resides in Texas, and
  • The adult to be adopted consents to the adoption

Who is the “petitioner” in an adult adoption case?

The person asking the court for the adoption order is the “petitioner.”

If the petitioner is married, then both spouses must join together as petitioners in the adoption case.

Note: Even though the spouse of a petitioner in an adoption case must also join in the adoption case as a petitioner, the spouse may ask the court not to grant the adoption to both spouses, and only to one. 

Adult Adoption with Name Change

These instructions explain the steps to adopt an adult in Texas when the adult adoptee is also asking for a change of name.  Each step includes a link to the form or forms needed for that step.

Have you read the Frequently Asked Questions? These instructions are part of this TexasLawHelp.org toolkit: I want to adopt an adult in Texas. It’s important to read the Frequently Asked Questions included with the toolkit before getting started.

WARNING! These instructions provide general information, not legal advice. It’s a good idea to talk with a lawyer about your particular situation.

You can print these instructions to use as a checklist.