Lucas County Adoption Lawyers
Serving Ohio Families since 1999
Adoption is a life-changing decision that brings individuals, families, and children together. At Smith & Smith Law Office, LLC, our Lucas County adoption lawyers help guide our clients through this process with compassion, professionalism, and efficiency.
Our team understands that adoption is a complex legal process, which is why we work diligently to help make the journey as smooth as possible. Our team is here to provide the legal assistance and support you need. With our extensive knowledge in adoption law, clients can trust that they are in capable hands.
What Are Adoption Requirements in Ohio?
If you're considering adoption in the state of Ohio, it's important to familiarize yourself with the specific requirements that may play a role in the process. Requirements include the following:
- The adoptive parent must be at least 18 years of age.
- Your household must have enough income to meet the child’s basic needs.
- Your household must have criminal background checks.
Adopting a child can be a complex and intricate process, and the specific requirements can differ depending on the details of your adoption. You might face various legal obstacles and challenges along the way, which can make it overwhelming to navigate the system on your own. That's where our Lucas County adoption lawyers come in. With our experience, we can provide you with the guidance and support that you need to make the adoption process run smoothly. Trust us to take the stress and confusion out of your adoption, so you can focus on welcoming your child into your family.
Can a Step-Parent Adopt a Child?
In Ohio, step-parents have the legal right to adopt their stepchild. Once the adoption is finalized, any and all legal rights or duties the previous parent had regarding the child are terminated. To begin the process, the adoption petition is filed in the court of common pleas in the county where the child, potential adoptive parent, or natural parent resides.
In addition to the adoption, the child's last name can also be changed, and a new birth certificate will be issued with the adoptive parent as the child's legal parent. If you are a step-parent considering adoption, consult with our attorneys to guide you through the process.
Can Biological Parents Take Back Their Child?
The adoption process can be an emotionally charged journey for both the adoptive family and the biological parents. Once the adoption is finalized, the biological parents have legally relinquished their rights to the child.
However, prior to the adoption being finalized, there are two ways in which parental rights can be terminated. They are as follows:
- Voluntary Termination: the biological parents choose to give up their parental rights and place the child up for adoption. This decision can be made for many different reasons, as no two adoptions are the same. The adoptive family and the biological parents must work together to navigate this process, often with the guidance of an experienced adoption lawyer.
- Involuntary Termination: this is a legal process where the state decides to terminate the biological parents' rights due to abuse, neglect, or substance dependency, in order to support the best interest of the child. The process ensures that the child is provided a safe and stable environment for their growth and development. Although it can be a difficult and emotional process, the state's aim is to prioritize the well-being of the child.
Dedicated to Serving Lucas County Families
When it comes to adoption cases, it's crucial to have an attorney who understands the complexities of the matter. Here at Smith & Smith Law Office, LLC, we recognize the intricate nature of these cases and are dedicated to providing caring and supportive legal services for our clients. Adoption can be an emotional time, and we strive to make the process as stress-free as possible. Let us guide you through this important journey and help you start your new family.
She was an amazing lawyer She Answered every question I had. Delivered excellency service and even helped me get everything I needed. If I ever have another problem I know who I am going to call!- Gary R.
Christine is a life saver. She took what I thought was the end of my life and the system screwing me over to giving me my life back. She is my forever lawyer. Can not thank her enough- Joshua R.
If you’re looking for representation who is professional and thorough, this is the place. Christine’s knowledge is outstanding, she is someone who is compassionate and caring for all her clients! She took the time in listening to all my needs and trust her 100% of the way. If you’re ever stuck in a difficult situation for child support and child custody, she’s the person you want on your side helping you fight the battle.- Former Client
I spoke with Christine today regarding my divorce case that my previous attorney mishandled. After talking to over a dozen lawyers to try to find someone to help combat the mess I'm in, Christine was confident, had some great strategies of how we could fight this and really made me feel hope again. I am looking forward to working with her, I feel she will do a very good job handling my case and will fight for me.- Amanda B.
Christine has been absolutely amazing to work with in an especially difficult time. I am thankful for her knowledge and experience! I would highly recommend her!- Maggie W.
She is amazing. I went to her with a super complex case and she got me exactly what I wanted. Definitely changed my life for the better.- Gregory R.
Being new to Toledo and new to any kind of court issues, I was super nervous about getting a lawyer and finding someone I could trust. From the very first call I was sold. Misty and Christine both were extremely friendly, caring and even more important, upfront about what to expect. They didn't push me to make any decisions I wasnt comfortable with. I didn't have to sacrifice my life savings and they made things so easy for me (and actually even my now exhusband as well). I feel like if I had needed anything more than I did, they would have continued to go above and beyond. Truly trustworthy and honest. If you need someone in your corner this is the place go to. Thank you for helping me gain my freedom back!- Princess Arielle
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