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Columbus, OH 614-360-2942
Huntington, WV 304-519-4354
New Albany, OH

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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.

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Amy M. Levine
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Our Latest Blog Posts

Filing your Chapter 13 bankruptcy plan

Are you facing the prospect of going bankrupt in Ohio? The key to successfully handling your debts will be creating an alternate plan under Chapter 13. How can filing under Chapter 13 help you? Filing for bankruptcy under the terms of Chapter 13 can be advantageous in...

Crucial defense strategies to fight an assault charge

An assault charge has come your way after a regrettable holiday incident. This is a violent crime, and you can expect some serious repercussions tied to the charge and potential conviction. Possible penalties: jail, probation, fines, restitution and community service....

Rental property during probate in Ohio

The probate process in Ohio can be challenging to navigate even when dealing with simple matters. Things can become even more complex if it involves a rental property. Here's what you need to know about dealing with rental property in probate. Title of the property...

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Whether or not you should interact with the other driver's insurance company in the aftermath of a car crash in Ohio depends on a variety of factors in your unique case. The most important thing to do is talk to your own provider first. But for certain types of...

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It’s a difficult decision to decide to declare for bankruptcy. The stigma attached to bankruptcy, and the fear of losing everything, might discourage you from taking advantage of it to achieve fiscal freedom from overwhelming debts. Fortunately, the law has provisions...

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