Becoming An Adoptive Parent Of Your Stepchild

Are you ready to assume the role of adoptive parent to your spouse's child or children? Do you have questions or concerns about the legal requirements and consequences of a stepmother or stepfather adoption?

Please contact The Law Offices of Jason P. Reese for an initial consultation. I am Jason P. Reese, an experienced and dedicated family law attorney in Canton, Ohio. I will be happy to help you and your family with stepparent adoption. Assuming the role of adoptive parent to your stepchildren is a high and honorable calling.

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To qualify to adopt as a stepparent you must be over the age of 18 and married to the biological parent of the child. Both biological parents must consent to the adoption in writing. If the non-custodial parent is under the age of 18, his or her parents or guardians must also agree to the adoption.

Under certain circumstances, consent is not required:

  • If the other parent is dead
  • If the other parent is not competent to consent
  • If the child has been abandoned by the other parent and there has been no contact whatsoever for 365 days
  • If the child's putative father cannot be located through the Ohio Putative Father Registry
  • If the parental rights of the other parent have been terminated

It is also important to know that if the child to be adopted is older than 14, she or he must also consent in writing to being adopted.

Protecting Your Rights, Safeguarding Your Needs

To learn more about stepparent adoption in Ohio and what I as an experienced family law attorney can do to make sure your stepparent adoption goes smoothly and comfortably for everyone involved, please call or Email The Law Offices of Jason P. Reese today. Schedule an initial consultation at your convenience.