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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: Anyway to fight for custody of a relative child in ohio?

Mother doesn't have full custody..sister has temp custody because CPS pulled kids due to drug use. Mother can have supervised visits. I have child 90% of time. Sister doesn't really want to raise child but I do. Child will be 6 months old i have been getting here since she was 3 weeks... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 5, 2018

A court would review all the facts and circumstances and make a decision on what is in the best interest of the child. Use the Find a Lawyer tab and retain a local family law attorney to assist you.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: My fiance wants to adopt my twins, their father is in prison, does he have to sign over his rights for that to happen?
R. Scott Patterson
R. Scott Patterson answered on Jan 20, 2018

You and your fiance must first be married. The natural/biological father's consent is necessary except under limited and specific circumstances as they may exist at the time the Petition for Adoption is filed with the Probate Court.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: Does the court make you provide proof of income and stability to obtain custody of children after the parents die?

My mom is trying to get custody of my niece and nephew their parents died, what does she have to provide to prove she’s able to take care of them? She has no income at all and is reling on living off of the kids SSI checks. I hope this isn’t possible please help! I want to try and get custody... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jan 16, 2018

Before a court will award custody, the court will require information that the person can provide a suitable home environment, has sufficient income, etc. The court will decide what is in the best interest of the children. If your mother is not able to provide a proper home, contact... Read more »

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Q: My mom has custody of my niece and nephew and now wants to sign them over to me. What are the steps to do this?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Dec 20, 2017

The court that granted custody will have to approve that. Use the Find a Lawyer tab and consult a family law attorney in the location of the court that granted custody.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: Help! I have a 15yo relative who needs out of her living situation- with unbiological abusive grandma !

It seems to be a dead end, cps isn't doing anything, they are questioning the girl in front of the abuser! We have voice recordings of threats, I am trying to prevent the girl from running away! How do I file for emergency custody in Delaware county oh and protect her at the same time?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Dec 12, 2017

Check out the process and documents to file on the court's web site, or use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a family law attorney to review all the facts and help you with the process.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Ohio on
Q: I would like to move in with my brothers and sisters mom. She is not biologically related to me. Is this possible?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Dec 11, 2017

A court would have to allow that. You just can't move in, or their mom and you could get in trouble. If there are problems at home, talk to a school counselor, family member, or other trusted adult.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: How can my dog be put into another county up for adoption.

I lost him on Nov 23rd and today so see he listed on a humane society page for adoption in another county how do I go about reclaiming him

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Dec 7, 2017

Call the humane society, of course. When a dog is lost, the shelters are required to hold the dog for a short period of time and make some effort to locate the owner. But, they are allowed to list them for adoption pretty quickly.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: can my mother take my child to another state and file for custody without me knowing?

My mother took my child to Virginia saying she will bring her back. After getting to Virginia she told me I’ll never see my child again. She came back to Ohio to visit and I went and took my child back from her sisters house, now she’s trying to have me locked up if I don’t give my daughter... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Nov 29, 2017

You need to retain an attorney immediately. Use the Find a Lawyer tab and contact a local family law attorney to review all the facts and advise you.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: My niece and nephew live in Ohio, I am military and live in Germany currently. Can I get custody of them if parents are

Parents are on drugs, neglectful and don’t have a job. One parent just ODed and is one ICU

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Nov 27, 2017

You'll have to talk to your command about that to find out what is possible.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: My mom lost custody and my dad got temporary custody, can i choose to live with my aunt if im 16.
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Nov 22, 2017

The court determines where you will live by issuing a custody order, and you and your parents must comply. If you want a change, your aunt can try going to court to get custody, and the court might ask your preference, but the court will determine what is in your best interest based on all the... Read more »

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Q: Married for 6 years to wife, bio-dad not in picture financially or anyway the whole time. How can I adopt kids?

Been married 6 years to wife

children's biological dad have not been in their lives since 2010.

He has a child support order that he never pays.

Kids are 15,13,11.

can I adopt my step children?

will we have to find bio dad to consent to adoption?... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Nov 17, 2017

You need to retain an experienced local adoption attorney to help you with the process. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult with a local attorney about the process.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: If my son has my last name and I get married to my fiance can I change my sons last name to my fiance.
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Nov 16, 2017

Check the name change process with your local probate court. Typically the child's father must agree.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Immigration Law for Ohio on
Q: I am a F1 student visa on my first year 19 years old. Would I get any benefits if a US citizen adopted me at this age?
Hector E. Quiroga
Hector E. Quiroga answered on Nov 3, 2017

No. For immigration purposes, the adoption has to take place before the adoptee turns 16.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: My nephews are in foster care . I want to adopt them . Dhs is letting the foster parents adopt them is this legal?

We have been in communication with DHS my husband and I . We live out of state in Ohio they are in Colorado . We have expressed interest in adopting them verbally . What can I do ????? They want my husband and I to get licensed taking all these classes . They have done the ICPC all clear . Is it... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 6, 2017

Because they are in CO and you are in OH, the process will be more complicated. If you are serious about adopting the children, then use the Find a Lawyer tab ton consult a CO family law attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Ohio on
Q: Trying to finalize a domestic adoption & aren't happy with our counsel. What are the negatives to seeking new counsel?

This is a disrupted adoption, and waiting for the other family to obtain a lawyer. THEN...we should have a court date...we think!

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 4, 2017

The major downsides to hiring a new attorney are two. (1) you have to pay another attorney. (2) the new attorney will need time to get up to speed and must fit your case into his or her schedule meaning there may be significant delays.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: I am 16 and I live in Ohio. Can I be emancipated?

My mom steals money from me and does things that she shouldn't be doing. She is very manipulative. I want to be emancipated so I can move in with my friend who is also under 18 but lives with her parents. I am able to support myself because I have a job and I am very responsible.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 1, 2017

No. Here is a link to more information. https://www.ohiobar.org/forpublic/resources/lawyoucanuse/pages/lawyoucanuse-255.aspx

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: I'm turning 16 next month. My mother died 4 years ago, and my father made me stay with a friend for 3 months

Because he wouldn't keep a job. I just moved to my grandmother's. Is there any possible way I can emancipate myself, because I'm better on my own? Or staying with a different family.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Aug 24, 2017

You are a minor until age 18. You can't get emancipated. Here is more information on that:

https://www.ohiobar.org/forpublic/resources/lawyoucanuse/pages/lawyoucanuse-255.aspx

Your grandmother or another family member or adult could apply to become your guardian. They would...
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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Ohio on
Q: We have raised our niece for 14 yrs she wants us to adopt her. Do we need her fathere consent we have custody of her

Her mother died when she was 6 weeks old and her father signed over custoday to us we told him he could see her whenever he wanted to, the first 6 month's he would see her then nothing until she was 1 after that he contacted me through face book at the age of 10. Another time at 12 and just... Read more »

R. Scott Patterson
R. Scott Patterson answered on Aug 18, 2017

The father's consent would not be necessary if, within the one year preceding the filing of the petition for adoption, he has failed to provide more than minimal support for the child; OR, he has had no or minimal contact with the child. Assuming he objects to the adoption, these kinds of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Ohio on
Q: How much can step parent adoption cost (best estimate)? Two children (6 & 3), two different biological fathers.
R. Scott Patterson
R. Scott Patterson answered on Aug 7, 2017

Too many variables are involved to provide a meaningful response. Sorry.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Copyright, Family Law and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: Doing a guardianship application for Ohio?

If I want full custody, do I apply for non-limited? Also would it be best to hire a lawyer to talk on my behalf ?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 31, 2017

The guardian for an Ohio resident must also be an Ohio resident. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult an attorney in the location where the person lives.

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