Giulitto Law Office located in Ravenna, Ohio handles adoption proceedings the Portage County Probate Court. Contact Portage County Attorney Mary Anne Ravis for an experienced lawyer to discuss your case. Attorney Mary Anne Ravis has experience handling these proceedings in Portage County, Ravenna, Ohio. An experienced lawyer is essential in handling an adoption from beginning to end.

Adoptions can be a very complex area of the law. These proceedings take place in the probate court. The nature of the proceeding depends on the facts of the case.

If the parents of the children have not had their parental rights terminated, non-biological parents may adopt children. The key is to determine whether the consent of the parents is necessary. Consent of the parents is not necessary if the respective parent has not communicated with or financially supported the child for one year or more. This issue can lead to factual disputes, leading to contested adoption proceedings.

If the party petitioning the Court can get consent of the parents or show consent is not necessary, the case can proceed through the probate court. The probate court has many requirements that must be met in order for it to be finalized.

On the other hand parents can lose parental rights through permanent custody proceedings in the juvenile court. Those children are placed in the permanent custody of the state. Under Ohio law, the state must make reasonable efforts to find a permanent home for the children. Typically, the state will assist homes in the adoption process.

Adoption may be an appropriate avenue in your case. The process can be complex. An experienced attorney is invaluable. Call Attorney Mary Anne Ravis for a free consultation if you are interested in adopting a child.