Step-parent Adoption

Special recognition for Step-parents in Ohio Adoption Law

Ohio law provides for a faster, often smoother, proocess for adoption of a child by a step-parent, grandparent, court appointed guardian, or legal custodian of a child. The step-parent must have been married to one of the child's parents for at least one year and they must have either the consent of the child's other parent or a failure of the other parent to contact the child or pay court ordered child support during the year before the adoption petition is filed.

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