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Q: If I want my significant other to adopt my son, how doesn't that work & how to I get things going?

My sons biological father hasn't been in the picture for 10 months now, & even when he was in the picture it was barely. My current boyfriend & I have been together since I was 5 months pregnant and he supports my son mentally, emotionally, & financially. The biological father has... Read more »

R. Scott Patterson
R. Scott Patterson
answered on Jul 3, 2017

This adoption is not going to happen unless you are married to the man you want to adopt your child.

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Q: My mother had pass away and my sister is a minior, What do i have to do in ohio to file guardian? what are the steps?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Jun 5, 2017

Check with local child services about what to do. You must file with the probate court to be appointed guardian. Check with your local probate court, but you will probably need an attorney to assist you with that. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a probate attorney that does guardianship.

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Q: I need advice to help an abused teen

She is 13, a neighbor of mine. She has told me that her father pins her against the wall and smacks her face and that he and her mother beat her with a belt, not stopping until she cries. She has told church officials, family, and teachers but the situation persists. I want to help her, her mother... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on May 9, 2017

Nobody is going to take her to jail. What firsthand knowledge do you have of her abuse? Did you witness it? Can't you go to CPS with her to file the report? Have church, family, and school already tried that? Does she have siblings that also are abused or can go with her to CPS with you... Read more »

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Q: my 17 year old wants to live with people, not family. How can not be responsible if she gets into trouble while there?

She has been in trouble before and I don't trust that she won't cause trouble again. Is there a way to give legal responsibility to the family who has talked her in to this? She is adopted and I am a single parent. My ex-husband does not visit or help with the kids.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Apr 20, 2017

Yes, there is a legal process for that. But since she will soon be 18, it might not be worth going through the legal process and the expense. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local family law attorney to review all the facts and advise you.

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Q: Can a child that is 16 about to be 17 leave home if drugs are in home?

My now ex moved his kids mother back into our home along with his other kids. Everyone besides the 16 ur old is on drugs. They are in the home doing them as we speak. How can I take her with me?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Mar 27, 2017

Take her with you where? To a different state? Where is he and where are you - PA or OH? Is he ex-husband from a divorce, or ex-boyfriend? Is there a parenting agreement or custody order from a court - from which state? If so, what does it say about custody and moving? If there are good... Read more »

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Q: How would I get my kids dad's rights terminated? He has not seen my kids in 5 years but he does pay child support.

My boyfriend want to adopt my children and become father. He has been there the last 5 years with me raising them.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Feb 27, 2017

He cannot adopt them if you are not married to him. If you marry him, and if the father agrees, he can adopt them, but then the child support will stop. Use the Find a Lawyer tab and consult a local family law attorney.

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Q: Is it illegal for me to leave my adoptive parents house at the age of 17 if they threaten to put me back in foster care?

The dominate reason is because I have been sick since the day after Christmas and still haven't yet been able to relax to get better, I constantly lock myself away from the family in my room, I am currently having to go to court for "failure to clean my room up to my parents... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Feb 22, 2017

Please talk to a school counselor or other trusted adult. If your parents already have you going to court, they could have you put back into the system if you leave. Or they could just let you leave and say nothing to anyone.

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Q: I am going to be 18 June 2 and my adoptive dad has said that he doesn't care about losing me can I leave?

I have a steady job. I pay insurance and car and phone payments and I have kept a 3.8 GPA and been taking college courses since my freshman year but I have been severely abused by my mother until I was put under a restraining order last year. My father treats me like I am nothing to him and he... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Jan 13, 2017

Talk to a school counselor, someone at church, or other trusted adults about your situation. Your adoptive father has legal responsibility for you, and you could get in trouble if you leave and he reported you. When you are 18, you are legally an adult and can make your own decisions.... Read more »

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Q: I need advice on adoption

We have had my neice since she has been 4 months old CSPS terminated the order and gave us full custody on 3/21/13 through juvenile court we would like to adopt no visitations from parents in 3 years no court order for visitations she will be 5 in September what do we need to do

Douglas A. Ball
Douglas A. Ball
answered on Aug 25, 2016

It sounds like you have done everything right to this point. In order to adopt, you need to have legal custody for at least a year in most counties. I strongly recommend that you contact an attorney who practices juvenile/probate law in your county. The next steps will require that you file in... Read more »

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Q: I know where they are, but I want to make sure that I don't go to jail for contacting them

I had my children taken away from me 14 years ago and my parental rights terminated. Children Services lied when they told the judge that I didn't do anything in my case plan. I had 8 witnesses plus paperwork to prove that I did everything, but my court appointed attorney wouldn't call... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Aug 20, 2016

Are you court ordered to stay away from them? If not, they are adults now and I don't see how you could be arrested for making contact.

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Q: Can a mother give up parental rights to the father (unmarried) before birth and can his girlfriend co-adopt upon birth?

We are engaged and I am sterile. We would like to impregnate a friend and then she would like to revoke all parental rights to him upon birth and then I will co-adopt the child. When could I adopt the child and do you see any legal hurdles to this?

Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot
answered on Sep 28, 2015

These are not just basic legal question but entail much knowledge and having done research into local cases. Your best bet is to get to a local adoption attorney about these questions that you have. The attorney will be able to have a full discussion with you.

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Q: A very greedy single woman adopts a girl in Ohio about 7 years ago. Does she receive money from the state?

She then married the birth father but kept the girl's last name as her maiden name. She has swindled my wife out of thousands of dollars when their parents passed. Just want to know if you can search for the father of the adopted girl and marry him.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Jul 27, 2015

What?

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Q: I'm 42 years old and my biological father is unknown, even says so on my Birth Certificate. My step dad raised me.

Since I was 4 yrs old. We both want to fill the missing piece of our families puzzle by adopting me legally. Do we really need an attorney for this?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Jun 30, 2015

It will certainly be easier if you use a lawyer, but as long as this is a mutually desired thing and no one is objecting, you can probably get it done yourselves. The prospective adoptive parent needs to file a petition in domestic relations court. Also, if money is a concern, call your local legal... Read more »

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Q: Im 21 of age, i haven't spoken to my real parent for years and i was wondering if i can get adopted by my friend.

I want to take my brothers last name, hes 23, im 21. Haven't had any communication with my real parents and his parents have a different last name then his. He's like a brother and a father and is it poasible to get adopted by him?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Feb 13, 2015

Perhaps. Read this: https://www.ohiobar.org/ForPublic/Resources/LawYouCanUse/Pages/LawYouCanUse-475.aspx

The court will want to know that a parent-child like relationship between you and the person adopting you existed while you were a minor. This may be difficult to show, given that he is...
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Q: What steps do I take to adopt my husbands baby in Ohio? Her mother passed away when she was 2 mo old.
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Feb 8, 2015

https://www.ohiobar.org/forpublic/resources/lawyoucanuse/pages/lawyoucanuse-204.aspx

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Q: Can I get a child back in my custody that's been adopted
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Feb 8, 2015

Probably not. If the adoption has been finalized and there was no fraud or duress involved and the adoptive parents have a stable, safe home environment, there is little chance of having the child returned to your custody unless they agree to do so.

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Q: How long is notarized consent good for before you must file for adoption in Ohio
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Dec 30, 2014

There is no specific time limit. However, consent can be withdrawn under certain circumstances.

3107.084 Withdrawing consent.

(A) A consent to adoption is irrevocable and cannot be withdrawn after the entry of an interlocutory order or after the entry of a final decree of adoption...
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Q: Can my boyfriend adopt my son without us getting married?
Kenneth Mitchell Kaplan
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Kenneth Mitchell Kaplan
answered on Apr 23, 2011

No, because for him to adopt he would be adopting your child. If you were married then you can jointly file a Petition for Step-Parent Adoption

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Q: Can the biological parent contest a adoption after it is final?

If so how long do they have

Kenneth Mitchell Kaplan
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Kenneth Mitchell Kaplan
answered on Apr 23, 2011

It is necessary to file a Motion to Vacate a Final Judgment of Adoption. This needs to be done quickly in most States a one year time limitation exists to vacate any Final Judgments.

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