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Q: My attorney said that I do not have to go to court but I was subpoenaed from juvenile court because they are going to

Terminate my rights as a father and the mother has already had him taken away and Im doing this for the best interest of my child we have a trail date but my attorney says I do not have to go that he will go in my place is this true

Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss
answered on Nov 9, 2022

You need to consult with your attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: When I turn 18, do the things that are “mine” become my property even if I didn’t buy them?

Most of the things were gifted to me and some were purchased myself. The things I want to take are used by me alone and probably so. Can I legally take them when I leave home. And what about my car if it is under my dads name but I’m the only one now that drives it?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Nov 7, 2022

A vehicle belongs to the person named on the vehicle title. That owner would have to agree to change the title, or could demand the return of the vehicle. Gifts are gifts, and belong to the recipient. Although if ownership is disputed, there could be a lawsuit, and a judge would have to decide... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Education Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Daughter turned 18 sept 30th ran away has missed school every day except 3 days school is kicking her out police won't

Help me with her because she's "18" she's not taking any of her depression meds birth control or anything she's doing drugs and drinking every day with this boyfriend 16 yes old police won't help me school is pressuring me I've told them she ran away but they said... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Oct 25, 2022

At 18, she is considered an independent adult, and she can make her own decisions free from parental control. You could file with the probate court to obtain guardianship of her -- if there is a doctor diagnosis that she might be a danger to herself or for other medical or psychological reasons.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Can my 12 year old kid walk on the sidewalk alone? About 2 miles is the farthest
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Sep 26, 2022

This stuff has become super subjective. I’ve seen folks charged with child endangerment in some really questionable circumstances.

An officer encountering the child is likely to take a bunch of stuff into consideration. What’s the neighborhood like? And I’m not just talking about...
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Q: How can we take away parental rights from someone in prison for attempted murder? Never married.

The father has been in prison since the child was 10 months old. Child is now 5. We don't not want him around child when he is released from prison. They were never married and he has not been a part of her life since she was a month old. He is a very dangerous person. How can we legally make... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Sep 26, 2022

If he never went to court to establish parental rights, he doesn't have any. If you want to be sure, or preempt his attempt to establish such rights, you file a private custody action in juvenile court seeking to terminate his rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Ive been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor...he turned 18 a week after our last court date

He moved out to care for his pregnant girlfriend and now they have a baby. Can I still be in trouble?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Sep 13, 2022

Yes, the law is concerned with the state of affairs on the day the offense allegedly took place, not what has changed since.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Personal Injury, Juvenile Law and Social Security for Ohio on
Q: Im 17 years old (18 in nov) could I take legal action against my mom for dental neglect and keeping my survivors benefit

My mother keeps my insurance cards from me so I cannot make appointments on my own and denys me dental care appointments as a form of punishment when I have an abscess tooth and a gum disease I believe. I have asked for years to go to a dentist as I've had this abcess for years. (Around 2... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Aug 12, 2022

Talk to a teacher, school counselor, or other trusted adult about your situation. They will be able to find the help you need.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: I have family member who won't be 18 until july5 but has graduated. Can he leave his house without problems?

He graduated with honors in may, works 2 jobs got a full scholarship in columbus his mother is very mentally abusive and he may have to leave early and come to my house (family) she does not agree with his choices of college, so life is very hard for him. Can he leave without me or him being in... Read more »

Raquel Ann Parish
Raquel Ann Parish
answered on Jun 23, 2022

Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 2919.23 concerning Interference of Custody no person, knowing the person is without privilege to do so or being reckless in that regard, shall entice, take, keep, or harbor a a child under the age of eighteen from the parent, guardian, or custodian of the person.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for Ohio on
Q: Is it illegal for a 16-17 year old to talk a 10 year old into video chatting and showing private parts?

And talk about cuddling and loving the 10 year old? What if said teenager offers paid for video game currency such as “robux”

Said teenager - Iowa

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Apr 26, 2022

Yes, that is illegal.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law, Libel & Slander and Sexual Harassment for Ohio on
Q: Can I get in trouble for sending nudes to a minor when she said she was 20?

She told me she was 20 then tried to blackmail me into giving her money saying she'd say I was sexting a minor and to leak my nudes.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Apr 4, 2022

If she is really a minor, yes. But this is also a common scam.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Can I kick him my 16 year old out?

My 16 year old son is leaving the house and staying gone for days. He will not respond to calls when calling him and is quick to let me know he is grown and dont have to ask permission to leave or answer calls, however I pay his cell phone bill. He's also disrespectful and will often try to... Read more »

Raquel Ann Parish
Raquel Ann Parish
answered on Mar 31, 2022

Under the Ohio Revised Code a minor child cannot simply apply to a court for emancipation. Generally, a parent must support a minor child until age 18, or beyond age 18 if the child attends high school on a full-time basis, is incapable of being self-supporting due to disability or if parents... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Education Law, Internet Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: If I record someone making a bomb threat in a school. Do I (the recorder) get first degree telecommunications harrass?

I recorded someone making a bomb threat in a class room and posted it. I am now being charged with the first degree misdemeanor telecommunications harassment. Am I guilty of this charge? I did not say anything in the video at all. I was also suspended 5 days for Filming. I am a minor by the way.... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Mar 25, 2022

Your guilt or innocence here turn on your intent. If you were a party to making the threat, that is, if you made the video with the intention of helping this other person communicate their threat, then yes, you are guilty of telecommunications harassment. If you made the recording with the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: I’m 18 in high school living in Ohio full time 30k a year job can I legally move out to my own place?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Feb 10, 2022

An 18 year old is no longer a minor and is legally considered an adult, and can enter into contracts, leases, etc. But a landlord might not want to rent if a tenant doesn't have a credit history showing good credit.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Why do I have to go to court over an unexcused absence?

I went to court for truancy last school year. We agreed that I would not exceed the school policy in absences or tardies. My child has had 1 absence this semester for a doctor's appointment that I have a note for he just didn't turn it in. So now it's un-excused. The school is now... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Feb 2, 2022

you can either work it out with the school to get the court action dismissed, or attend the court proceeding and explain what happened. If you are nervous going to court, use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney to represent you.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Can I move out the day before my 18th birthday
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Jan 25, 2022

If you are still in school, talk to a teacher, school counselor, or other trusted adult if you are unable to talk to your parents about your plans. When you turn 18, you are considered an adult. If you leave a day early, it is unlikely any action would be taken. But be sure to have medical... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Hello I'm 15 now and I read about a emancipation I was wondering how I could do that because my parents are to strict

My mom uses my diabetes as a excuse for me not to walk places even though I have a phone if something bad happens then she said if I get a job and buy my own car and get a license she is going to call the police if i go somewhere by car or walk but I would be 16 when I do all this and what would... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Jan 4, 2022

Every teen thinks their parents are too strict. But Ohio does not allow a minor to seek emancipation. Emancipation cannot be accomplished by an act of the child alone. Emancipation is generally through the act of the child's parents regarding terminating child support for that child. A... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Hi I need major help I live here in Ohio my fiance sister has custody of my daughter she won't see or talk to her on

On Christmas and she begs my sister N law to let her talk to us she cry's every night and she is very emotional deserved child all she wants to do is come home we lost custody due to not having a job and all the other accusations against us was false and we'll I guess my question is do I... Read more »

Anthony C. Satariano
Anthony C. Satariano
answered on Jan 3, 2022

What rights you have will have been determined in the legal process in which you lost custody. If you were granted visitation, then you have a right to that visitation. If you were not granted visitation, then you will have to file for visitation.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: I'm 17. I plan to run away from home and from my abusive parents. What can my parents do then?

Can my parents force me back home? Can people harboring me be punished?

I doubt that I can prove any instance of abuse, but, even knowing how dangerous living on the streets is, I would rather be homeless than live with my parents. That said, I may be able to get a friend to take me in, at... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Nov 18, 2021

If someone assists you in running away, they could get into trouble. So before doing anything, talk to a teacher, school counselor, or other trusted adult about your situation. They are the people in the best position to find help for you in this difficult situation. And they will help you. So... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Juvenile Law and Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: Can I kick out my child once they turn 18 or do I have to legally evict from my home?

Said child is a troubled youth to put nicely with a list of juvenile offenses and a domestic violence. He has a drug addiction and has stolen from myself as well as his brothers and causes much turmoil in the home. Some say I have to evict since he receives mail other's say no. I am trying to... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Aug 23, 2021

If you don't follow the proper eviction process, then he could sue you for unlawful eviction, and the court might order you to pay him monetary damages. But the eviction process takes a few weeks, and the situation could become uncomfortable at home during that time. If he makes threats of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for Ohio on
Q: So my father had a sting operation set on him. The charges are below.

State: Ohio

Charges:

Soliciting a minor

Child solicitation by electronic communication device

Prostitution

He went an hour away to meet the girl(underage)

And the mom. He was gonna pay $100

Is he doing jail time?

How long if so

Anything I should know

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Aug 6, 2021

Your father needs to sit down privately with an attorney to discuss this matter ASAP. This is a serious slate of charges which could lead to a number of consequences including prison time.

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