Helping Families Through Step-parent Adoptions in Ohio
For step-parents, adoption is a way for them to gain legal rights to their stepchildren, taking on responsibility for their stepchildren and gaining security and other benefits in the process. Step-parent adoption can be fairly straightforward, providing that basic conditions of the law and the best interests of the child are met, but there are issues that should be addressed with an experienced attorney. If the adoption is contested, you need an attorney who will stand up for your rights.
At the Law Offices of , in , Ohio, our lawyers and staff have more than 40 years of combined family law experience and have helped many families through the process of step-parent adoption. We have also helped grandparents and other relatives adopt children to preserve their rights. Whether the other parent consents to the adoption or challenges it, we can stand up for you in the adoption process.
Requirements for Step-parent Adoption
In addition to the completion of all required forms, filing documents in court and the other aspects of adoption, there are a number of requirements that need to be met before the adoption can legally take place. The first of these concerns the rights of the other birth parent to the child or children who are being adopted.
The natural mother or father must provide formal consent to a stepparent adoption in order to give up their legal parental rights. However, there are exceptions to the requirement for parental consent, one being that the non-custodial parent has had no communication with the child for a period of one year or greater and has failed to provide any financial support for one year or greater.
In every case, of course, the best interest of the children are always prioritized by the court and by the attorneys at our firm. It is the goal of all adoptions to create families that are well functioning and have healthy relationships.
Contact us today at to learn more information about your rights in step-parent adoption and how we can help you pursue your goals. Schedule an appointment for an initial consultation by calling our office at .