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Adoption And Step-Parent Adoption Lawyer

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Adoptions are handled through Probate Court. There are two types of adoptions. First, some couples find a child to adopt, not related by blood or marriage, either informally or through a recognized adoption agency. We can assist, but you must work through Children’s Services or Catholic Charities, or other court recognized groups. Second, a step-parent may wish to adopt the child of the new spouse and, increasingly, grandparents are seeking to adopt grandchildren. We can help you with this type of adoption.

Adoptions generally require that both parents be notified by the Court of the proposed adoption, and it requires the consent of both parents if living. There are two notable exceptions:

  • Where the non-residential parent has had no contact with the child for more than one year. Note, the residential parent cannot discourage or in any way inhibit contact or visitation.
  • Where the non-residential parent has not paid child support for more than one year.

Contact Smith & Miller, Attorneys at Law Today

To arrange a consultation to discuss the potential adoption you seek, please call 440-576-9155 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. Our Jefferson office is conveniently located right across the street from the Ashtabula County Courthouse.