Not all Ohio couples are able to have children of their own, even if they really desire one. Fortunately, there are still plenty of options available to you when it comes to raising a child. We at Kroener Hale Law Firm will explain two of these possible options: adoption and surrogacy.

Surrogacy is an option in which a legal contract is formed between you and your partner and a woman who will agree to carry your child to term and then give birth. This is an alternative option that is less popular than adoption, but still available for your investigation. Just be aware of the fact that the legal situation can be quite tricky due to the complex nature of relationships involved in a surrogate pregnancy.

Of course, adoption is always an option as well. This still requires a lot of legal documentation and paperwork to be filed, and in many cases, the actual process of adopting a child can span over months or even years. However, the relationships involved are not quite as difficult to deal with. You may want to look into adoption if you wish to help out children who have already spent part of their lives in the foster or adoption system.

If you’re unable to have a child of your own but still wish to raise a family, looking into adoption or surrogacy options will likely be your best bet. Though both options can contain complex legal steps, it could end up being one of the best life-changing decisions you will ever make.