When hearing the word adoption, it is easy to think of babies from around the world finding a loving home with would-be parents in the United States. But adoption is much broader than this one definition, encompassing many scenarios and serving many important legal functions.

Divorce and remarriage are now common; as are living situations in which non-parental relatives assume responsibility for kids. At its most basic, adoption confers legal familial status to parents and non-biological children.

The Important Purposes Of Adoption

At Boller & Petty, LLC, adoption is an important aspect of our family law practice. Our skilled lawyers regularly help Ohio families seeking step-parent adoptions and adoptions by grandparents or other extended family members. These adoptions are usually sought for purposes of:

  • Recognizing and protecting child custody and visitation rights
  • Recognizing and protecting inheritance rights
  • Promoting unity and cohesion in blended families
  • Terminating the parental rights of biological parents who are no longer able or willing to care for their minor children
  • Conferring legal parental authority to non-parental family members who may already be taking care of minor children

For most of us, "family" isn't just limited to those who share our DNA or our last name. Adoption allows us to give legal recognition to important, non-biological relationships.

Have Adoption Questions? Contact Our Firm Today

Boller & Petty, LLC, is a full-service family law firm helping clients in Columbus and surrounding communities. To discuss your case for free with one of our skilled attorneys, call us at 614-670-5882. You can also reach us by filling out our online contact form.