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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Hi I need major help I live here in Ohio my fiance sister has custody of my daughter she won't see or talk to her on

On Christmas and she begs my sister N law to let her talk to us she cry's every night and she is very emotional deserved child all she wants to do is come home we lost custody due to not having a job and all the other accusations against us was false and we'll I guess my question is do I... Read more »

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Anthony C. Satariano answered on Jan 3, 2022

What rights you have will have been determined in the legal process in which you lost custody. If you were granted visitation, then you have a right to that visitation. If you were not granted visitation, then you will have to file for visitation.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Ohio on
Q: Can i have my spouse sign an agreement before purchasing a home?

My wife an I have had problems and we are about to buy a home. I dont want to have 5+ years of equity go to waste and lose the home to her IF we end things. Can I have someone draw up an agreement to have her sign so that if we divorce, we can split the home down the middle or one of us buys the... Read more »

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Anthony C. Satariano answered on Nov 5, 2021

Postnuptial agreements (meaning after you are already married) are not enforceable in Ohio. However, your goals (either split the home equity or one of you buy the other out) are both very likely scenarios if a divorce occurred regardless.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: If my grandfather signed over his house to me 14 years ago can he just take it back
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Anthony C. Satariano answered on Oct 29, 2021

If your grandfather completed a full transfer (i.e. the property is now deeded to you without any contingencies) then it is unlikely he can just :take it back". I suggest speaking with a lawyer to have them review the documents involved with the "signing over".

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: Ex filed contempt of court charges due to him missing 3 visits. If I give him 3 extra visits will I be found guilty?

3 extra weekend visits will be before court date

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Anthony C. Satariano answered on Oct 25, 2021

If your ex missed his visits he is guaranteed by a court order due to some withholding or interference by you, then you can be found in contempt. But, it is possible the court will consider the matter resolved if he is provided make up visits before you ever go to court. That is not guaranteed.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: Is it illegal for an employer to ask you to transport an item that is suspected to have an illegal substance in it?

My employer told me I was going to transport an item what is believed to contain an illegal substance. What can happen to my employer? I am in Human Resources and I am in no way shape or form associated with any form of law enforcement. It is unknown if the belongings has an illegal substance... Read more »

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Anthony C. Satariano answered on Oct 15, 2021

This largely depends on your employment. If you are a crime lab technician or a law enforcement officer, then transporting illegal substances happens every day and is perfectly legal. If you are a pizza delivery person and your boss asks you to transport drugs, that is a very different story. More... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: I am the main-applicant of my apartment. Can I get co-applicant evicted

The co-applicant is my girlfriend. She constantly harasses and threatens me. She will scream and yell for hours if need be. She does not help with any bills or household necessities (including food). She has no problem slandering me or my family constantly. She has no respect for me or anything in... Read more »

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Anthony C. Satariano answered on Oct 15, 2021

If you are both tenants on the lease, then you are in a tough spot. If she was just listed on the application as a resident and you are the sole renter on the lease, you likely could evict here. But if you are both true tenants, it is unlikely that you would have any superior right over her to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: Dog custody in dissolution

My husband and I are going through a dissolution. We had 2 dogs, he got one and I got the other. I was finally able to see the dog he has and his nails are completely grown out and his undercoat is matted. My ex moved to a tiny apartment so he has nowhere to run and play. I was always the primary... Read more »

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Anthony C. Satariano answered on May 7, 2020

Your question indicates you are going through a dissolution. In a dissolution, the division of all property (including pets) must be agreed on ahead of time. In other words, the agreement must address the dogs, the judge will not make a decision on who gets the dog that day.

Further, if...
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1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Ohio on
Q: Eviction

So my mother and I own a house together. I am on the deed of the house. She is trying to evict my boyfriend and father of my child out of the house we all live in. He pays one bill that is in her name. Can I fight her on trying to evict him? Can she even legally evict him if hes paying her... Read more »

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Anthony C. Satariano answered on Apr 15, 2020

If your mother owns the home, then she can evict your boyfriend. Simple as that. Since he has lived there 2+ years, she will have to go through the formal eviction process as he has clearly established residency there. It does not matter at all that he has been helping to pay bills.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: Can I kick out my mother?

I'm the coborrower on my mothers mortgage loan, I asked her to refinance my name off loan she is refusing. I need name off loan as my fiance and I are expecting and want our own place. Lender said since I have better income and credit I can take over loan by my self. How do I kick her out and... Read more »

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Anthony C. Satariano answered on Apr 13, 2020

It will not be as easy as "kicking her out".

If you are both on the loan (and presumably the deed) then you both own the property. You basically have 2 options:

1) Negotiate with your mom to have her agree to come off the deed and loan and have the bank put the mortgage...
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2 Answers | Asked in Probate for Ohio on
Q: Hello my mom just passed away april 3 and I am next to kin are beloved family home of over 50 years was in her name

she was married so how would this go in the state of ohio if I want to put house in my name can I legally do this or can not because of her husband I need help with this process and if there is any other information that can help me thanks

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Anthony C. Satariano answered on Apr 10, 2020

There are a lot of factors that will be in play. To answer your question as simply as possible, you cannot just put the house in your name right now.

First, how the property is specifically deeded will be crucial. If it is deeded jointly with her husband with survivorship language, then he...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: Mother signed over custody of her son to the Father.Now the mother wants visitation rights. Is this possible?

The Mother has been out of the child's life for 6 years and in and out of jail. The Father has steady job and provides for the child in a stable home and does not want the Mother in his life. Will the courts allow

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Anthony C. Satariano answered on Apr 10, 2020

The true answer is: it depends.

The mother has the legal right to petition a court asking that she be granted visitation with the child. The court will then evaluate the statutory "best interest" factors to determine if it is in the child's best interest to provide the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: i got a girl pregant and she doent want anything to do with me.

what can i do so that this doesnt ruin my future and that she cannot come and try to get money from me if she doesnt want to be in my life

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Anthony C. Satariano answered on Apr 2, 2020

Nothing.

If you are the biological father of a child, you are legally obligated to help support that child until it reaches the age of 18 and graduates from high school. It does not matter if you have any parental rights, or what those rights might look like, the law allows her to pursue...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: Do I have to send my 6 year old to PA for visit during the stay at home order?

I am the legal custodian of a 6 year old. Biological parents are not in Ohio they live 4 hours away in PA. They have a court order for visitation at their residence the first weekend of the month. I'm worried at the distance and because my husband is at higher risk and we have no idea or way... Read more »

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Anthony C. Satariano answered on Apr 2, 2020

The short answer is: Yes.

The stay at home order does not change court ordered visitation and if you do not comply with the court order, you will be in contempt and subject to the associated penalties.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Q: Can my husband break into my phone and take messages and personal photos off of it without me knowing
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Anthony C. Satariano answered on Apr 1, 2020

Yes he can. While you are married, the majority of the property either of you own is considered "marital property" meaning both of you have a right to it.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: Will I be held in contempt for denying visitation due to COVID-19?

My ex lives in Kentucky and I live in Ohio. We have court ordered visitation but due to the pandemic and the stay at home order, I do not think my child should travel from Ohio to Kentucky for visitation especially when her stepmom is a nurse and is likely exposed to COVID-19 already.

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Anthony C. Satariano answered on Mar 31, 2020

You can be held in contempt. The stay at home order and the pandemic restrictions DO NOT negate court ordered visitation. Travel related to custody exchanges is deemed essential travel and thus is allowed under the current public health changes.

I suggest trying to discuss your concerns...
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: With the current stay at home order, can I refuse visitation?

My sons father works in a hospital, the grandmother in the home has returned from Washington state, along with her 2 other grand children, my son has been forced to stay with his aunt outside the home who then sent him to an out of the home babysitter. My son has asthma and epilepsy. Rendering him... Read more »

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Anthony C. Satariano answered on Mar 30, 2020

The short answer is: No, you cannot refuse visitation. The stay at home order does not change the visitation/custody order you have. If you fail to follow the court order you have, you could be in contempt.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: I have custody of my 4 y granddaughter in Ohio. Her Mother is a Nurse. Can I stop court ordered visits for safety?
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Anthony C. Satariano answered on Mar 27, 2020

The short answer is: no.

The stay at home order in place in Ohio currently does not supersede valid custody/visitation orders in place. If you refuse to allow the mother her court ordered time, you could be found in contempt of court and subject to fines, attorney fees and possibly even...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: My ex husband and I have shared custody of our 3 yr old, he takes him from me all the time how do I stop him

My ex has me followed by private companies and has for over 2 yrs how can I stop him? At this point I am just tired of living like this, he is very controlling and if he doesn't get what he wants he won't stop until he does! He rips my son from my life over and over again with crazy... Read more »

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Anthony C. Satariano answered on Mar 24, 2020

One option you have is to petition the court to terminate the shared parenting. Under Ohio law, there are some baseline factors courts need to evaluate to to determine if shared parenting is proper. Those factors include many things such as ability to cooperate for the child's best interest,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law for Ohio on
Q: During the stay home in Ohio if you're out and a cop stops you can they tell you you cannot go home

I feel that they shouldn't be allowed to stop you from returning home

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Anthony C. Satariano answered on Mar 24, 2020

Holding you and preventing you from continuing on your way or returning home would require the officer to either detain or arrest you. They cannot simply deny your right to return home without legal justification that is sufficient to trump your constitutional rights.

Although the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: What if my ticket isn’t in the system for court date ? The ticket was for speeding & was not mandatory court attendance.
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Anthony C. Satariano answered on Mar 19, 2020

A lot of times, courts won't put a case in the system for a non-mandatory traffic tickets until the initial court date on the ticket occurs. That is because they don't want to waste time adding it to the docket if the accused is just going to pay the ticket online or over the phone.... Read more »

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