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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: What happens to my dcbs case if I sign my rights over to the father even if we are still together in a relationship?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jan 1, 2020

It is very doubtful that the Court will allow you to terminate your parental Rights absent someone to adopt the child. In the unlikely event termination occurred, the dcbs case probably gets dismissed.

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Q: Me and my ex fiancée split but he still wants to adopt my daughter can he even though we are not together?
Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Dec 19, 2019

A family law lawyer in your jurisdiction can best answer this question. Sometimes it has been done here; however, generally, the Courts want to see a stable situation for the child to be adopted into. Again, each fact situation is different and yours are best described in private. Some lawyers... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: Hello, I am trying to get help with adopting the little boy I currently have permanent custody of.

His mother is a friend from high school, I have had him from birth, he is now 15 months old. I want to adopt him and make him legally my child.

Mom said she is willing to terminate her rights but the father will not. He has never been around, he is on drugs and has multiple EPOs against... Read more »

Kristin Michelle Russell
Kristin Michelle Russell answered on Nov 23, 2019

Good morning, you need to hire an adoption attorney to petition the family court where you live to adopt and simultaneously terminate the parental rights of the birth parents. Based upon the information you’ve provided, it does not sound as if the birth father’s consent would be required... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Support for Kentucky on
Q: I recieved a letter from county child support office telling me I owed $10,000 is child support however my children

paternal grandparents legally adopted them years ago. We live in Kentucky but several counties away from each other, what do I need to do?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 7, 2019

Go to the child support office and supply them with the adoption info.

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Q: I reside in Kentucky & my ex wife & son reside in Pennsylvania. She's remarried wanting to adopt. Do I still pay c.s.?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 6, 2019

Yes. Unless or until the child is adopted.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: We live in Kentucky. We have had my husband son since he was 1 and a half. He’s 3 now. Could I file to adopt him?

The bio mom sees him 12 hours a week. He is always returning with head lice and we found a bedbug on him. Previously he has returned with bedbug bits also. I’d like to adopt him and terminate her rights fully. She has a previous child that she threatened to throw over a balcony because her ex was... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 5, 2019

Yes. You can file to adopt him.

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Q: Can i adopt my girlfriends daughter without us being married? She's 10 and her bio dad has never supported or seen her.

Other than when she was born but hasn't provided for her in 10 year's. Would we need his consent?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 23, 2019

It’s possible but dad would have to be given notice in any event.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Is there a way to gain custody of my friends dog that I keep for weeks at a time?

I have been doing this for several months now, I have had him groomed. When I take him back they only keep him one day and then call me to come back and get him. My friend has stated that the dog is not allowed to make noises nor are they allowed to have animals at their residence. There is always... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 12, 2019

No.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: How do we terminate bio moms rights, so that I may adopt my daughter.

My daughters bio mom accused my fiance of abuse in October in the county we live in. Those charges were dismissed. She then went to the county she lives in and filed the same charges. Those were dismissed as well. My fiance has had custody since she was 3 months. She is now 14. My daughter is... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 28, 2019

Hire an attorney to file a petition to adopt/involuntarily terminate parental rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: The mother signed over her rights while the father was in jail. Does he still have his rights?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 24, 2019

Absolutely, unless his were terminated voluntarily by him or involuntarily by the court.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: Temporary custody/ guardianship. Complicated. Dont know where to start.

19 year old is taking care of younger siblings. Has power of Attorney for them. Mom is incarcerated dad out of the picture (abusive). The 19 year old want to join military and needs someone to take care of the kids while he is gone. We are willing to take care of them (we are not related to them)... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 5, 2019

He can go to probate court and establish a guardianship for them with you as the guardians.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: I adopted a puppy from a shelter on Saturday today the shelter calls me and tells me the owner wants it back

Turns out the shelter violated the mandatory hold law and let me adopt the stray puppy aftr 3 days at the shelter. I dont want to give it back he is part of the family now and my son adores him and calls him buddy. What do i legally have to do

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jul 24, 2019

You can keep the puppy or you can give the puppy back. You are fine either way. The shelter is the one with the problem if they adopted him out too soon. Although, you may want to consider the length of time the puppy had been with the prior owner, how the puppy got loose, and whether your son... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: If my uncle and his wife decide to sign custody of their child over to me what paper work and steps need to be taken?

Social services stepped in and took the child. My uncle and the child's mother have reached out to me wanting me and my husband to take the child. So would this be as simple as printing off the custody form off line and all parties signing the paper to turn their rights over to me and having a... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 27, 2019

Best course would be to file a custody sction against them and then everyone enter an agreed order awarding you custody.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: How can i see my kids when i sign over full custody to my ex husband and sing adopotion to his current wife?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Feb 14, 2019

If they have been adopted, you are pretty much out of luck. If they have not been adopted, you need to hire an attorney and have him revie and file a motion immediately.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: I sign over full custody to my ex husband an how can i see my kids
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Feb 7, 2019

If there are no provisions for visitation in the case where you signed over custody, you will need to make a motion for a parenting schedule to be set in that case.

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Q: My girlfriends son is 1. His father is in and out of jail. He has only seen him once. He isnt listed on birth certificat

Whats the best way to handle an adoption? We are planning to married in a year

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Dec 26, 2018

Get married. Then file petition for Adoption and Termination of Fathers Rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: My father had gaurdian ship of my children he passed away .Can i go pick up my son

My step father had custody through the court but he passed away two days later i go to check on my son and some guy i dont even know told me he has custody and to leave but i have seen no court papers or proof .how could i look this information up also check on a court date in the future

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 27, 2018

Depends on who has CUSTODY of your son and any orders of court.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: I am 17 years old and I am in foster care. I want to be adopted by my foster parent but is it possible

I will be 18 September 11th 2019 and I am in a foster care agency and my mom gave temporary custody to the state but I want to be adopted by my foster mother even though my mother wont give consent

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 25, 2018

Wait til you turn 18 and do it as an adult adoption. Then your mother can’t stop you.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: Can an adoption be stopped or reversed due to being coaxed into doing it?

My daughter is bipolar and was coaxed into giving her father custody of her 3yr old baby so that the baby would receive money from his disability. Is it possible to stop or reverse the adoption. My daughter agrees that she is not fully capable of caring for her daughter and was coaxed into it and... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 8, 2018

You should hire a local lawyer to go in and ask the court to set aside the adoption. After it becomes final it may be too late.

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