SUMMIT COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS - PROBATE DIVISION
JUDGE ELINORE MARSH STORMER

I Want To Adopt

I Want To Adopt

Dec 3, 2014

Helping a child and parent become a family is one of the most rewarding duties of the Court. Whether you are a two-parent family, a single parent or a stepparent, consider creating a loving “forever” bond with a child through adoption. Probate Court has the responsibility for finalizing all adoptions within Summit County, and depending on your personal situation, there are numerous ways to successfully adopt.  We invite you to watch our video, Foster Care to Adoption:  A Journey to a Forever Family, to hear parents share their experiences as foster-to-adopt families. Upon completion of a home study and all other legal requirements, Probate Court determines if the prospective parent is the right choice for this child. You will need legal counsel. Depending on your personal situation, there are seven avenues for completing an adoption or obtaining a Foreign Birth Record. The guidelines for each are listed below.   Public Agency adoption is used when you seek to adopt a child who is in legal custody of a public adoption agency. Public Agency Adoption Private Agency adoption is used when you seek to adopt a child who is in legal custody of a private adoption agency. Private Agency Adoption Private adoption –is used when you seek to adopt a child who has yet to be born or has not been previously placed in your home. Private Adoption Private adoption – legal placement is used when seeking to adopt a child who has been legally placed in your home by guardianship, custody, or is your grandchild. Private Adoption Legal Placement Stepparent adoption is used when the custodial parent’s new spouse petitions the Court to adopt. Stepparent Adoption Foreign Re-Adoption is used when the parent(s) of a foreign born/adopted child petitions the State of Ohio to recognize the adoption and issue a birth certificate. Foreign Re-Adoption Adult adoption is used when an individual over 18 years old wishes to be adopted while meeting the criteria of the Ohio adopting laws. Adult Adoption Request for a Foreign Birth Record is used when the parents of an adopted, foreign born child seek a foreign birth record (Ohio Birth Certificate). Request for Foreign Birth Record Same-sex Adoption Chart Second...

I’m Getting Married

I’m Getting Married

Dec 3, 2014

NOTICE:    MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICANTS NOTICE:  All people entering the Courthouse must wear a mask and have their temperature taken at the security checkpoint.  The Sheriff’s office may turn away people for any health reason. The marriage clerks will require mask removal for identification.  Applicants are required to maintain the 6 foot distancing by staying at the marks on the floor unless requested to move forward by the clerk. You and the person you are marrying must bring the completed application and all necessary information to the Summit County Probate Court. In order to process your application and issue a license, it is advised that you be at the Court no later than 3:30 p.m. ——————————————————————————————- In Ohio, the Probate Court issues marriage licenses. Once the license is issued, it is valid for 60 days. If 60 days pass without getting married, the marriage license expires and you must reapply for a new license. When applying for a license, both applicants must appear at the Court.  The court will not issue a license to anyone who appears under the influence of drugs or alcohol. To view a video on the Marriage Application process, please click on: Marriage Video Residency Requirements: If you plan to get married in Ohio, you must have an Ohio marriage license. Apply for your license in the County where either of you live. If you live outside Ohio, but plan to get married in Ohio, apply for a license in the County where the ceremony will take place. If you apply here, but your identification shows residency in another county, the Court requires proof of Summit County residency (Utility Bill, Cable Bill, Rental/Lease Agreement, Bank Statements, etc.) Information Needed: Each applicant must provide their Social Security number (kept confidential), current address, age, birth date, place of birth, and birth names of each father and mother. If the birth name of the parent is unknown, you must bring your birth certificate to the Court. Applicants must have a valid government-issued photo ID (Driver’s License, State ID, Passport, Military ID, or Green Card). Fill out the Marriage License Application and review all the information for accuracy. Print the completed application form. You...