Parenting is never a decision that should be taken lightly. Raising a child can be a difficult yet extremely rewarding experience. At some point in their relationship, most couples will have a conversation about whether they want children or not. Once the decision has been made to have children, the question then becomes in what manner you choose to become a parent. Some couples will choose a traditional pregnancy or opt for a surrogate, and some will choose adoption.
In 2015, the landmark Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges gave married couples, including same-sex couples, the right to adopt. However, navigating the waters of adoption can be complex and difficult. In Ohio, a married couple files for joint adoption if the child does not biologically belong to one of the parents.
There are many agencies and resources available to help same-sex couples traverse the adoption process. Most processes involve extensive background checks, home inspections, and counseling. The process is time-consuming and may become frustrating.
Because adoption is a legal process, in addition to advocacy, same-sex couples will need to retain an attorney. Your attorney should be competent with Ohio adoption laws and sympathetic to the unique obstacles possible to encounter with a same-sex adoption.
If you are considering adoption and would like to discuss your rights, please call us to make an appointment. The lawyers at Hoover Kacyon, LLC., are dedicated to supporting our clients. We deliver the highest quality legal representation from a team of professionals while also providing excellent customer service. Call us at 330-922-4491 or contact us to make an appointment.