Virginia Cornwell is an Ohio State Bar Association Certified Family Relations Specialist Attorney who works with the LGBT community.
Many LGBT Ohioans will be celebrating the recent U.S. Supreme Court Decision Obergefell, et al. v. Hodges, Director, Ohio Department of Health, et al. and racing to the courthouse to get their marriage license and say “I do.”
However, the marriage of two partners may not change their family dynamic as completely as they hoped it would. If the partners are co-parenting children together, assuming one of the parents is a biological parent, then after the marriage ceremony the children have a new step-parent. Step-parent may not be the dynamic that the parties have in mind. They may want something more permanent, like step-parent adoption.
Step-parent adoption is not right for everyone. It will terminate the parental rights of the biological parent that is not part of the marriage. That may be undesirable for some. There are certain circumstances where the parental rights of the person who is not part of the marriage can be terminated against their will. To learn whether step-parent adoption is right for your family, call the Law Offices of Virginia C. Cornwell to schedule a consultation.
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