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Q: If I moved into apartment with all utilities included in the winter and gas was off , what can I do ?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 16, 2017

Send a written notice to landlord that the problem has not been fixed. If not fixed in a reasonable time, like 2 weeks, then you can start paying your rent each month on time into escrow with your local court. Landlord will have to explain to the court what is being done to fix it, and if not sufficient, the court can terminate your lease and you can leave. Check with your local court for the escrow process.
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Q: What expenses are/are not covered by child support? Is there anywhere this is in writing?

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Child Support for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 16, 2017

You are only obligated to pay as child support the amount the child support order states. That money is to be spent by her in support of the child, but ODJFS does not check up on how she spends it. You do not have to provide any additional money to her. But, if the child goes without because she spends it on other things, then it is up to you whether you want to provide additional "gift" money. Perhaps you can pay child expenses like sports directly, so she can't use it for something else....
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Q: Can i get my own apartment if im 17 and pregnant with my parents approval?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 16, 2017

It would be up to the landlord, who will require the parents to sign the lease, since you are a minor until you turn 18.
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Q: What to do legally when my ex wants our son to live with me but he has legal custody

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 16, 2017

You need to change the current custody and parenting orders accordingly. If you and your spouse agree, then file in court for the changes you believe are necessary under the circumstances. Talk to the attorney who handled your divorce or use the Find a Lawyer tab.
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Q: Can a landlord serve you an eviction notice after the tenant has moved out of the property & they kept the deposit ?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 15, 2017

Yes, and the landlord might also have included a claim for any unpaid back rent and cost to repair damage to the property. So look at the notice you receive from the court carefully. If tenant provides landlord with a forwarding postal address, then in Ohio, landlord must send tenant an itemized statement of any amounts withheld within 30 days of vacating, and if landlord doesn't, tenant can sue for 2x the amount withheld plus attorney fees.
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Q: How do you go about a divorce when you are the only income coming in and do not have money to pay a lawyer

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 14, 2017

You can file with the court to waive the filing fee, and you can ask the court to have your spouse pay your attorney fees. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to talk to some local divorce attorneys who will work with you to get the divorce started.
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Q: i want to get guardianship of my disabled sister in the state of Ohio how would I go about doing so

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 14, 2017

Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a probate attorney in the county where she lives. Guardianships are handled by the probate court. The guardian must be an Ohio resident.
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Q: what can i do to get custody of my kids as a father

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 14, 2017

Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local family law attorney to assist you in filing in court seeking parenting rights.
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Q: I am buying a rental house in Cincinnati, there is a man has been living in the basement for 12 years, no contract.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 14, 2017

Make it a condition to the purchase contract that sellers get him out before the closing. Otherwise, you will have to go through an eviction action after you purchase, and that could take a couple months, and he could cause damage. You want the sellers to deal with that.
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Q: Child custody possible abandonment

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 14, 2017

Your husband has no legal rights until he establishes paternity and goes to court to get the court to establish parenting rights. The other man has no rights either. Use the Find a Lawyer tab and consult a local family law attorney.
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Q: if the mother refuses to let visitation and further more moved to a different state without notifying me is there any ac

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 14, 2017

Yes, you can take action, but it will have to be in the state where she lives now. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to contact a local family law attorney there. You could be held liable for the unpaid back child support.
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Q: My boyfriend wants to smoke pot. I have 4 kids. Can my kids be taken away if he smokes pot while they're home. In ohio.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 14, 2017

If child services becomes involved, then they can remove the children if illegal drug activity is taking place in your home. You need to decide if your bf should be around your 4 children.
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Q: If my mom tells me that I can't live with her ( doesn't want me there ) can I get emancipated and or move in with family

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 14, 2017

Your mother is legally responsible to provide your care and support. You cannot get emancipated. Here is more information at this link:

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

Talk to a family member, school counselor, teacher, or other trusted adult about your situation. They will be able to advise you.
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Q: My sons dad & I agreed to stop cs & financially care for Aiden as a team. He hasnt helped at all in 3 yrs.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 14, 2017

Use the Find a Lawyer tab and consult a local family law attorney. If circumstances have changed, you can file in court asking for support.
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Q: Does my daughters father have any rights when it comes to school, school related decisions such as retention agreement?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 14, 2017

Since you are unmarried, if there is no court order about parenting or custody, you have sole legal custody and get to make all the decisions. Father has no legal rights. He would have to establish paternity, go to court to seek parental rights, and if he does go to court, the court will likely order him to start paying child support.
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Q: The lease I signed says lease is up on 1-30-2018.but next to it the lease say this lease is for 24 months

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 14, 2017

Try to resolve it with the landlord to determine the lease expiration date. If you and landlord cannot agree, contact a local attorney using the Find a Lawyer tab, and you can also ask about the failure to advise you of the murder.
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Q: I recently got a recorded message to contact someone regarding my ex-husband's estate.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Probate for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 14, 2017

Your husband could have forgotten to change your name as a beneficiary on a life insurance policy or some other account. Quit worrying and call to find out the purpose of the call.
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Q: At the beginning of July my grandpas estate was finalized. The lawyers office said once the judge approved It and

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Family Law for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 14, 2017

Talk to the attorney or executor handling the estate. It is possible, but the paperwork sometimes moves slowly. Ask for a status report.
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Q: I live in ohio i have shared parenting of my children my 17 yr old daughter is virbably abused can she stay with me

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 14, 2017

You must follow the terms of any court-ordered custody. If circumstances have changed such that those custody orders or parenting time need to be changed, you will have to file in court for the change and provide reasons for the requested change. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local family law attorney.
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Q: My wife wants to homeschool her children and their father don't want it happen. Can the courts say she can't homeschool?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 11, 2017

If the mother has custody, then she can decide schooling for the children. If the father objects, he can go to court to oppose that, and the court will decide what is in the best interest of the children. The court can allow home schooling, or if the mother is not likely to be able to do that, then the court can require regular school.
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