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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: I have had permanent custody of my niece for 3 years from Virginia cps and we live in ky. What do I do to adopt her

She was put in foster care in Virginia and I received full permanent custody. She is 15 now. Both parents are in jail. Can I file for adoption without an attorney

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 21, 2022

You can file for adoption without an attorney but I would not recommend it bc adoptions are hyper technical. Hire a lawyer, file a petition for adoption and you will likely be permitted to adopt the child.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: How do you file a contempt order in Kentucky family court pro se?

other parent is not following orders given by the court. Any other motions I should file? Please provide the court form number if possible, want to make sure all the paperwork is correct.

Taniesa Velez
Taniesa Velez
answered on Nov 19, 2022

File a motion for contempt and cite the order the parent is violating. You can find any available self help forms online on the Kentucky website. You can also visit the Jefferson county family court clerks office and request the same.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: I have custody of my 14 year old niece. How would I go about adopting her?

I’ve had my niece for about 4 years. Her father is incarcerated and her mother walked away from her. She was abused in different ways. I’d love to make her officially my daughter. Just don’t know how to do it.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 17, 2022

You would need to file a petition for adoption in the county in which you reside.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: What is the first step in reversal or returning adoptive child back to foster care?

Fraud on part of CPS (withholding information about child)

Child is out of control.

Pro bono legal help.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 14, 2022

File a motion to set aside the adoption and return the child to foster care.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: My kids were placed with muhl. Co Dcbs (3 youngest ages 5,17mo&4mo in Fostercare& 2 oldest 13&16 in kinship)

If my husband&me want 2sign our rights over to my sister or his mother(they gain custody of all kids) will the case against is&kids be DROPPED/dismissed& my kids go home with them? They agreed to let us see the kids anytime& continue life as we did b4 Dcbs stepped in. So can we do... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 2, 2022

Highly unlikely that the court will remit what you propose. It is always much more difficult to get CPS out of your life than to get them into it.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: Does this qualify for abandonment, so my husband can adopt?

I have 2 daughters one is 5 the other is 3. My oldest daughters bio-dad has not been in her life since 4 months old. My 3 year old bio-dad has never seen her. I do not get child support from either bio-dads.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Oct 13, 2022

Yes. That scenario improves the chances for your husband to adopt.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: How would child support and custody work via private sperm donation?

Hello, I’m supposed to meet a married lesbian couple soon in my home state, Tennessee (I wasn’t sure which state this should go in). They’re from Kentucky and the child would most likely be born there, however conception would happen in Tennessee. They want me to sign a contract primarily... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Sep 16, 2022

It should be covered in the sperm donation contract.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: If we have a donor contract signed can a sperm donor try to take a child after it’s born in kentucky?

We want to use a sperm donor to conceive a child and we want to take all precautions legally. So if we have a donor sign a contract stating we won’t ever attempt to get support in any sort of way and he can’t have any rights to the child will kentucky uphold it? Or will a contract even legally... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Sep 15, 2022

If the contract is properly prepared, it should be enforceable both ways without a problem.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: I have POA of my younger sibling. Requesting full custody now and have parents verbal consent. What are our next steps?

I currently have POA of my 6 year old sibling. Our father is incarcerated and his mother is in KY (but illegal immigrant). Neither parent want this child any longer. His mother agreed to relinquish her rights and grant me full custody. She doesn’t speak English and we are trying to establish this... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Sep 1, 2022

File a petition in the county in which you reside.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: My sister has two kids, their father lives in MI. If they are taken, can I motion to have them instead of their dad?

My sisters kids could be taken by CPS for neglect, but the father has sexual abuse allegations against him in MI. I want to keep the children if something does arise.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Aug 4, 2022

You’ll need to go to all the court dates and make it known that you are seeking temporary custody. Not likely dad gets them with pending sex charges.

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
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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.

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