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Step-Parent Adoption

Step-parents often want to formally adopt their step-children. Step-parent adoptions are available in Ohio whether the parents were previously married or not.

Adopting a Step-Child is More Than Changing the Child's Last Name

It is a promise and an agreement to provide for the child's financial, educational, and emotional needs. The adopting step-parent should understand that not only are they becoming legally responsible for the child, but that the adoption will vest in the child all rights that a biological child would have to the step-parent's estate and assets at death. Additionally, should the step-parent and biological parent divorce, the step-parent may be ordered to pay child support for the adopted child.

A parent and step-parent must be married for at least one year before beginning the process of a step-parent adoption. The adopting step-parent must file a petition to adopt the child and the biological parent has the opportunity to answer and object. A home study must be completed and the court will hold a hearing.

Consent May or May Not be Required

The biological parents of the child must consent to the child's adoption. In some instances, the child must consent if over the age of 12. A biological parent's consent may be waived in some cases.

We Will Represent the Best Interests of Your Child

At The Law Offices of LeeDaun C. Williams, we understand this is an overwhelming process whether you are trying to adopt your step-child or fight a petition to adopt your child. We can assist you with all aspects of the adoption process, ranging from completing the initial paperwork to handling any courtroom proceedings.

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