Adoption By Same-Sex Couples

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In 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry throughout the country. This was a tremendous step forward for LGBT+ rights, but same-sex couples still face unique challenges in family law matters — especially matters involving children.

At Amy M. Levine, our attorneys have been representing the interests of same-sex couples and LGBT+ individuals in Ohio and West Virginia for years. Led by Amy M. Levine, a proven litigator with nearly 15 years of experience, we provide knowledgeable counsel and caring service to LGBT+ families pursuing adoption.

Helping Families Meet The Legal Challenges Of Adoption

While a person's sexual orientation has no bearing on their desire to be a parent or their fitness to take care of a child, laws regarding same-sex adoption are inconsistent between states.

Only one member of a same-sex relationship can officially adopt a child in Ohio. However, through a co-custody agreement, both members of the partnership can become the equal legal custodians of the child.

In Ohio, adoption proceedings are supervised by the county probate court. Our attorneys frequently appear in Franklin County and surrounding probate courts for both adoption and probate proceedings, and we know how to guide you through the process as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

Our lawyers also assist gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender clients with matters involving divorce, child support, custody and other family law issues for same-sex couples.

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The laws and policies governing same-sex adoption are constantly evolving, so it is important to retain a law firm with demonstrated experience in this area. To learn more about how we can help you through the adoption process, please contact us for a free consultation at our offices in Columbus, Ohio, or Huntington, West Virginia, at 614-360-2942.