Adoptions by Step-Parents in Ohio

Adoptions by step parents in OhioMore and more married couples are seeking to adopt the stepchild of their husband and/or wife.

Under Ohio law, as a general rule, the biological parent of a child must consent, in writing, to the adoption by a step-parent.

However, there are two (2) exceptions to the consent requirement.  The first is the consent of the biological parent is not necessary if that parent has not provided any financial support in excess of one (1) year prior to the petition for adoption.  The second exception is if the biological parent has not, without justification, had any contact with the minor child in excess of one (1) year prior to the petition for adoption.

If either exception is proven in a Court of competent jurisdiction the adoption will be approved by the Probate Court without the written consent of the biological parent.

The issue is somewhat complicated and as such,  you should contact the adoption attorneys at Slater & Zurz LLP  for a FREE consultation by calling 1-800-297-9191 or send a Blog Message to schedule a time to talk.

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