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Columbus, OH 614-360-2942
Huntington, WV 304-519-4354
New Albany, OH 614-721-7726
Toll Free   888-641-0805

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If you are a stepparent, you may have considered adopting your spouse’s children so you can have full legal rights. The children may also want to take the same name as their mom.

Stepparent adoption can be more complicated than it seems. You must comply with specific statutory requirements to complete the process. You want a family law attorney who knows the law and the process and who can help minimize any problems.

At the law offices of Amy M. Levine & Associates, we start by listening, taking the time to learn all the details of your situation, so we can help you take the steps necessary to get the outcome you seek. We will carefully explain the law and the process for stepparent adoptions, as well as your options and your likelihood of success, so you always have reasonable expectations. We are skilled and assertive negotiators who can often help you get the results you seek without going to court. Nonetheless, we will aggressively pursue your interests in court if necessary.

We offer a free initial consultation to people considering stepparent adoption. Contact our office or call us at 614-360-2942 in Columbus or 304-519-4354 in Huntington for an appointment.

Guiding Families Through Adoption

Stepparent adoption can make sense on many levels. As the stepparent, it can help you create a greater sense of family and give you full rights with respect to the child, as well as access to some work-related benefits. As the biological parent, you also want your children to feel part of a single, cohesive unit. As the child, you no longer have to live with the stigma of carrying a different name than the parents with whom you live.

At the law offices of Amy M. Levine & Associates, we handle all matters related to stepparent adoptions, preparing all the documents you need to complete the process, and acting as your advocate with other parties or the court. We have a comprehensive understanding of stepparent adoptions and know how to make certain that you have complied with all statutory requirements.

We can help you with a contested or uncontested stepparent adoption, working with the other parent to obtain a voluntary relinquishment of parental rights, if possible. We are also willing to take the difficult cases, those in which a biological father decides to fight the adoption merely for the sake of fighting it or has been in prison, failed to pay support or maintain regular visitation, or had no meaningful contact with the children.

Though most clients we help with stepparent adoptions are men, we have represented women who sought to adopt their husband’s children, often in situations involving drug abuse or other dangerous behavior by the biological mother.

Contact The Law Offices Of Amy M. Levine & Associates

To schedule a free initial consultation, contact us online or call us at 614-360-2942 in Columbus or 304-519-4354 in Huntington for an appointment. We offer payment plans.

Family Law

Amy M. Levine
View Profile

Our Latest Blog Posts

Issues that most people overlook in divorce in Ohio

Although divorce is often narrowly thought of as a legal process involving the division of assets, there are other important concerns that can be overlooked during this time. It is essential to consider these factors when making decisions, especially if you and your...

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Probate 101: What is anciliary probate?

At every stage of your life, it's important to recalibrate and plan for the future. It's the best way to protect your Ohio assets and preserve your standard of living. Whether you're newly married, headed for divorce, or looking toward retirement, estate planning and...

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Many residents of Ohio battle depression on a daily basis. Some of them are married, which means their issues can impact their marriage. In some cases, depression can lead to divorce. Symptoms of depression Although everyone occasionally feels depressed, there’s a...

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A car accident has the potential to cause both emotional and physical injuries. However, it is important that you know what to do after an Ohio crash so that you can minimize the short and long-term damage it may cause. Assess the situation The first thing that you...

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