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Stepparent Adoption

The stepparent must be married to the birth parent for 6 months before the adoption can be finalized. Your wedding date is the start of the adoptive placement.


Because of Ohio Law and the complexity of the process you must have an attorney or agency representationIt is important to note that the Court cannot give any legal advice so you should consult with an attorney. An attorney is mandatory unless consent Form 18.3 and Form AD.7 have been obtained from the non-custodial parent. When Filing for a Stepparent Adoption:


The following guidelines may not be a completely comprehensive list but should help you in the process with your attorney.


What I need to do for a Stepparent Adoption:


Fill out and file these forms:


Filing Fee:


Fee Notice: If you choose to have an adoption agency or an approved qualified assessor complete your home study, contact the Court as the cost and instructions vary with each case.