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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.

Let Us Help You Complete Your Family — Call For A Consultation

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.

Family Law

Amy M. Levine
View Profile

Our Latest Blog Posts

What can you do when your spouse is hiding assets?

Divorce can bring out the worst in people. Reasonable, levelheaded folk may revert to shady tactics to "win" the process. The fear of losing assets leads many people to conceal them during proceedings. But most attempts at hiding money prove unfruitful. Read the news...

Thinking about divorce? Talk to a lawyer sooner rather than later

People in difficult relationships often hope for the best. But is it wiser to prepare for the worst? Many partners think their situation will sort itself out. Others consider all the years they’ve had with their partner and believe their marriage can weather any...

Ohio has the second-highest opioid overdose rate

The opioid epidemic has plagued many states and the country as a whole for quite some time. Ohio is one of the states most affected by this crisis.In 2017, Ohio had over 4,200 overdoses related to opioids. This rate is almost three times the national average. One...

What NOT to do after a car accident

It’s winter in Ohio, so it’s an appropriate time of the year to discuss what to do in the case of an accident. Whether due to slick streets, distracted driving or a myriad of other reasons, the unfortunate truth is that most of us will be involved in at least one car...

Financial secrets can lead to divorce and impact its outcomes

Any type of lie or secret can be poison to a trusting relationship. However, lying about money can be one of the most dangerous types of deception for a marriage. Money problems are the second most common cause for divorce, just behind cheating on a...

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