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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: I’m raising my bf son for 1.50 yrs birth mom hasn’t been there.Is there anyway I can adopt him?I’m sole provider

I take him to the doctor which my signature on there. She hasn’t asked to see him or anything.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 21, 2022

Possibly. You’d need dad/bf on board to adopt too.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: I have permanent custody of my nephews. Can I adopt them?

The mother moved out of state 2 years ago and hasn't seen the kids in 2 years. The father hasn't seen the kids in a month.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 15, 2022

Possibly. Is either parent supporting the children or are you their sole source of support?

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: My daughters biological father is mentally unwell. He refuses medication or therapy…was in a domestic dispute around my

Daughter in July of 2021. He has not had contact since, and my daughter has attended therapy and has shown act of ptsd/trauma. She is just under 3. Can I have his rights terminated and/or have her adopted by my now fiancé? Thanks!

Leland Hulbert
Leland Hulbert answered on Jan 13, 2022

You can certainly take this matter to court and ask for sole custody. Terminating his rights against his wishes will be very difficult and typically not done unless a person goes to prison or they are extremely dangerous.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Appeals / Appellate Law, Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Kentucky on
Q: A Federal Court Judge and a Family Court Judge has recused in my case within 13 days why would this happen?

Court of Justice , Department of Community Based Services, and The Cabinet of Health and Family Services tried their best to hide it from me, and failed. Before I found out about , Custody of my child was took before the TPR , Yesterday , it was discovered, I had already filed a lawsuit on the... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 28, 2021

They either have a conflict of interest or are attempting to avoid the appearance of impropriety. Beyond that, you will probably never learn the real reasons for recusal.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: My son wants to sign rights over to his 9 yr old son so I can adopt him,I've had him since he was 5 day old,who filesi

I have had permanent custody since he was13 months old ,havent heard from or seen mom in about 6 yrs

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 19, 2021

You file the termination/adoption petition.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: I married into a situation where my wife has lost her kids, what can I do to assist her with this ongoing Court process

I have been labeled her paramour in the situation that caused the removal of the children

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 16, 2021

Hire her the best family lawyer you can find and follow all of their recommendations.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: I have had custody of my nephew since he was born and we are set to get permanent custody next week.

We want to start the Adoption ASAP. His birth dad is willing to sign his rights over but my sister ( his bio mom) isn't. She has had 14 months to complete her programs get housing and a job and hasn't. Will the court involuntarily terminate her rights? Or will we just be going to court... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 15, 2021

No. Just try it as soon as you can.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: My rights were terminated in my I pay back child support can adopted parent get child support on me or back pay
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 28, 2021

No. They cannot get support from you.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: How do I find a lawyer to help my husband adopt my son?

I have no way of contacting the biological father.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 26, 2021

Your local bar association or legal aid society.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: My friend passed away and her husband wants to sign custody of one of their children over to me

He is the father on the birth certificate and this is in Kentucky but I’m in New York

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jul 28, 2021

You’ll need to enter an agreed order if there is an open case already or file a custody action if there is not an existing case.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: My son was adopted at a young age.Now hes turning 17 and wants to see me and talk to me but adopted parents say no.

Ive sent msg and tried to keep in contact all these years. He also wants to meet his 5yr old brother who i have...is there anything we can do?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 24, 2021

Not until you turn 18. After that, you can freely contact them and communicate with them!

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment for Kentucky on
Q: If my girlfriend has an open cps case against her parents can they give their parental rights to my grandmother?

She is 16, I am 17, and my grandma has already talked to the social worker and said that would work, but her parents just now decided they would go through with it and I dont know if they will hold onto that. So if they do then how long would it take before my girlfriend lives with my grandma? If... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 18, 2021

No.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: what are my rights as a grandparent if paternity hasnt been established
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 6, 2021

You don’t have any rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Appeals / Appellate Law and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: if i was in rehab 2019 and my rights werte terminated what can i do
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 1, 2021

Depends on whether you were properly served with the petition for termination while you were in rehab.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: Can I adopt stepsons without their biological mothers consent? What are the steps we need to take to do this?

I have been raising my step sons for the last 9 years, they are 15 and a set of 12 yr old triplets, they have been asking for me to adopt them so that i can be their "real" mom. My husband has full custody of them. Their biological mother is supposed to have supervised visitations and pay... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 1, 2021

You have to file an involuntary petition to terminate the parental rights and adopt the children.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: Me and my ex husband have permanent custody of his great niece. How do I terminate the mothers rights?

I have her 99% of the time and I want to adopt her. But we both want her rights terminated and want to adopt her.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 1, 2021

You file a petition to terminate the mothers parental rights and adopt the child.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: Can my younger sister (14) come and live with my husband and I?

My sister currently lives with our mother in KY while I live in WV. Our mother is not physically abusive anymore but is still very verbally and mentally abusive. Their house is frequently covered is animal feces and vomit, no clean clothes or showers unless she comes to my house. I called CPS and... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 17, 2021

Unfortunately, no.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: My niece was adopted by my parents

My mom had my niece since birth her and my dad adopted her tragicly my parents passed away several years later she is ten but I have gained custody of her. Can my sister her biological mother take me to court and get visitation with her now

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 6, 2021

No. If she was adopted, your sisters rights were terminated. She has no legal standing.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: Please help. I currently have a DVO against my ex who is the father of my 1 year old twin boys.

The dvo was placed because he had hit my 5yr old (not his) while i was 20 weeks pregnant i moved out within an hour contacted a family cop, he said since i moved out that i didnt have to report it. I tried supervised visatation he kept threatening,so added the twins to the dvo. My now husband wants... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 13, 2021

Even with some visitation it may not be enough to convince the court to let him adopt the twins. The prior DV against the 5 yo may make it very difficult to convince the court to permit the adoption.

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