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Q: What can be done if a magistrate is taking to long to issue a verdict. It has been 10 weeks since final hearing

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

Talk to your attorney, or call the magistrate's assistant and ask when a decision might be rendered. The courts are backed up, and it can take some time. And during the holidays, things get delayed more. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local attorney if the decision if further delayed.
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Q: Could my cosigner take my car?

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Consumer Law for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 11, 2017

Ex what? Ex boyfriend? If the car is not subject to a division of property in a divorce, and if only your name is on the vehicle title, and his name is not, then he has no rights to your car at all. Tell him if he has it towed, you will sue him for the towing, and report it to the police as car theft, and he could be arrested. As co-signer, he ahs not claim to the car. His legal obligation is to pay the lender if you fail to pay, and the lender can sue him. The lender also could take back...
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Q: If my son's father has chosen not to comply with our visitation order for a year what happens?

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

Maybe he would not be a good influence on your son anyway. Does he pay child support? He can't be forced to spend time, but you could apply to the court to reduce his visitation. 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: Roommate will not pay her portion of rent or her bills, should I pay them?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 11, 2017

Are both tenants jointly liable on the lease? If so, and if you don't pay, then your landlord can sue you and also make adverse entries on your credit record, lowering your credit score and making it difficult to rent from a landlord who checks your record. Maybe you can find another roommate.
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Q: I have a lease in ohio, but i recently moved out of state for work. Can i legally break my lease

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 11, 2017

Job transfer is not a basis allowing you to terminate your lease - unless you lease allows it. Work it out with landlord. You might have to pay a few months early termination fee.
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Q: Will i look bad if I don't let my ex get our daughter till he takes me to court?

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

The court could consider that. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney who can review all the facts of the situation and advise you. If the father is not paying child support, you can file in court to make him start paying.
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Q: My bf was not ordered to pay CS. His son is now twelve and she's trying to take him back to court for past child suppor

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 11, 2017

The court can make him start paying child support now going forward, and make him pay for any past due unpaid child support. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney if she does file in court for child support.
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Q: If my spouse decides to leave, am I able to prevent them from taking the children, or are they permitted to take them?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 11, 2017

Yes, a spouse can do that - until the court gets involved, then she might have to return them. If you file for divorce or legal separation, then you can request temporary custody from the court. Use the Find a Lawyer tab and consult a local family law attorney to assist you.
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Q: How can I prove that her papers was false and that she lied to the judge to grant custody of my baby?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 11, 2017

Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain an attorney to review all the facts and advise you of necessary steps to follow if you want to persuade the court to change.
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Q: My aunt in west Virginia had passed and left her estate to her friend. My brother and I are her lawful heirs

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for West Virginia on
Answered on Dec 11, 2017

If her will is submitted to probate, and the court approves it, then the executor must follow it. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a WV probate attorney who can review the facts, whether your aunt was mentally competent, whether the friend exerted undue influence, etc. You could file a challenge with the probate court.
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Q: Will the course allow a parent to have overnights on a Wednesday if they're 45Min-hr away?

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

It is up to the court to decide. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney who can answer such questions and advise you.
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Q: I would like to move in with my brothers and sisters mom. She is not biologically related to me. Is this possible?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Ohio on
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.
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Q: I was wondering if a father can ask for 50/50 costudy at the first hearing?

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

You can ask for anything. But you should have an attorney representing you who can answer such questions and advise you before going to court. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney.
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Q: Would i get into trouble with the law if i go stay with my cousins and my aunt calls the cops on me? I am 17

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

Yes, you could be deemed delinquent and be sent to juvenile detention. Your cousins also could get in trouble. If there are problems at home, talk to a school counselor, family member, or other trusted adult.
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Q: My kids mother is in jail for 50 days will I win custody if I file a motion asap?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 11, 2017

Who has the children now? Has a court granted you any parenting rights? Use the Find a Lawyer tab and consult a local family law attorney to assist you.
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Q: Son moved to his mother's. Is 18 and does not attend school full time. Do I have to pay support?? Ohio

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 11, 2017

Is there a child support order or parenting decree? If so, review it. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a family law attorney to review all the facts and advise you.
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Q: I live in Ohio and my ex boyfriend wants me to have our child take a dna test.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 11, 2017

If he files for a DNA test and the court orders it, then you must comply. If he is proven to be the father, he can file for parental rights, and the court will probably order him to pay child support. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local family law attorney to answer your questions and advise you.
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Q: Can a person that is not my child's grandmother be granted power of attorney of my child?

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

If there are no court orders granting anyone parental or grandparent rights, then you have sold custody of your child. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney who can review all the facts and advise you.
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Q: If I live in a home my family owns half of, can I be evicted if the other party is trying to force us to sell it?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Arbitration / Mediation Law, Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 11, 2017

The owner named on the deed can evict anyone whose name is not on the deed. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local real estate attorney who can review all the facts of this complicated situation and advise you on your options.
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Q: Does a new husband or wife have any say or rights in visitation or any discussions between the biological parents

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 11, 2017

If there is a court order for parenting time or custody, your ex must follow that. If she denies you parenting time according to the court order, you can file a motion to have the court hold her in contempt. A new spouse does not have any legal standing to participate, although a court can consider input from that spouse. Use the Find a Lawyer tab and consult a local family law attorney to advise you.
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