Cincinnati Ohio Step Parent Adoptions Attorneys
Adopt a Step Child in Hamilton
An adoption is a judicial process which creates legal familial relationships between adults who wish to become parents, and children who are in need of parents. Depending on the particular situation and needs of the parties involved, there are several types of adoptions to choose from:
- Agency adoptions
- Private adoptions
- Step parent adoptions
- International adoptions
- Foreign adoptions
- Adult adoptions
We recommend that you select an attorney who is experienced in the type of adoption that applies in your case.
Step Parent Adoptions
We at King, Koligian & Associates limit our adoption practice to step parent adoptions. A step parent adoption is when a minor child is adopted by the spouse of his or her custodial parent. Grandparent or other relative adoptions are not considered step parent adoptions. In addition, in order to be eligible for a step parent adoption, the petitioner must be married to the parent, and the child living with them for a minimum of six months. A home study is typically required, and the child's wishes are often considered. If the other parent of the child is known and living, he or she must be provided notice of the pending step parent adoption, and in some cases consent might be required. There are situations where the consent of the parent that does not have custody is not required. Additionally, if the child to be adopted is more than 12 years old, his or her consent must be obtained as well. Please contact one of our attorneys to discuss whether your situation meets those requirements.
Step parent adoptions are a wonderful way to create legal relationships between adults and minor children and their extended family. We are proud of the role we play in the creation of these new legal families. Contact a lawyer to find out more about the process of a step parent adoption.