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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: I live in Oregon and my children live in Ohio with their father. I have the kids during the summer and holidays. Today

A detective called me and said my ex husband is under investigation. I need to file for emergency custody, but I'm not sure how to.

Bridget Sciscento
Bridget Sciscento
answered on May 18, 2022

First, you need to determine where you need to file. Since there is an existing custody order, you will need to file, at least initially, in the county where the initial custody order was entered.

Second, you need to find out what you need to file. I suggest contacting the Clerk of Courts...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Ohio on
Q: Can my husband adopt my two children whose father is not in the picture?

I got a dissolution from my ex husband in 2017. We had two daughters together who are now aged 12 and 14. There was some abuse involved with the children and with me as well, and they haven't wanted anything to do with their father for some time. We have been to court a few times when he tried... Read more »

Bridget Sciscento
Bridget Sciscento
answered on Mar 14, 2022

Hello, since you and your husband married more than a year ago, then he can apply for stepparent adoption. There are 2 ways a stepparent adoption can be granted: with or without consent of the biological parent who will have their parental rights terminated. In Ohio, if a parent fails to provide... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Ohio on
Q: I sold a local dealership my car, they bought out the lease and said they would give me the difference in funds,

They have put me off for 5 wks blaming the finance Co. for delay of title.. the finance Co stated they sent title Feb 11th. I've contacted the dealership and excuses.. what can I do, can we get them for fraudulent bussiness practices ?

Bridget Sciscento
Bridget Sciscento
answered on Mar 7, 2022

This may be a violation of the Ohio Consumers Sales Practices Act. I don't completely understand the facts here, but it sounds like the dealer has not transferred title within 30 days.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: How do I get a family law attorney in morrow county who will accept retainer fee payments?

I am supposed to have my answer to divorce with children in to the courts by 3/11/22 and still can't find a lawyer.

Bridget Sciscento
Bridget Sciscento
answered on Mar 7, 2022

Contact the Morrow County Court (Domestic Relations Division) and ask if they maintain a list of local attorneys. Also, ask if they have a form you can fill out to request an extension of time to file an answer to the divorce.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Ohio on
Q: My God baby mother is becoming more & more unraveled she is having repeated breakdowns where she threatens to drop kid

Off to police station. I have raised my God baby since she was 3 months she is 3yr now. Her moms leave her wit me every chance she gets even told her family that if anything happens she was to come to me. But her mental state loves to control the narrative of the situation so she don't put it... Read more »

Bridget Sciscento
Bridget Sciscento
answered on Mar 7, 2022

You may be able to obtain emergency custody of your goddaughter. It is difficult to obtain emergency custody and even more difficult for a non-family member. However, given that you have been caring for the child for long stretches of time and Mom appears to be unstable, you may be able to overcome... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: I've been separated from my husband for 7 years and I'm not sure if I need to file for divorce or dissolution

Our children are grown we have no real estate we have nothing to fight them out I mean he has some of my parents things that I want back but other than that I do believe he'll sign the papers with no problems we both want to move on I'm on disability and I cannot afford a full-blown... Read more »

Bridget Sciscento
Bridget Sciscento
answered on Mar 7, 2022

You can likely file for a dissolution. A dissolution is where the divorcing parties agree on everything before asking the Court to end their marriage. Most counties have packets that a couple seeking a dissolution can fill out, and many counties have help desks that can help you complete the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Ohio on
Q: I applied for rental assistance and received a check that covered my entire lease.

I just received word that the check was a mistake and now I owe $4200. What can I do?

Bridget Sciscento
Bridget Sciscento
answered on Feb 7, 2022

With only the information provided, I cannot give you a more detailed answer; so, I suggest contacting your local legal aid association. Legal aid associations provide free of cost legal assistance to eligible people. Many of the legal aid societies have large landlord/tenant departments that may... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: Do I have any rights to void an agreement? Signed an agreement with an unlicensed contractor for repairs

He won't give me the receipts that I already paid him half upfront that was in the agreement, but also he lied telling my bf how much he would get for work.

Bridget Sciscento
Bridget Sciscento
answered on Feb 1, 2022

You may have a claim for breach of contract and/or a claim under the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act. You have not given a lot of details such as if the contractor has completed the work that you have paid him for. I would suggest reaching out to an attorney for an initial consultation.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Who can I report my landlord to for not making major repairs and how do i do a retaliation suit to fight eviction?

Landlord agreed to accept payment plan but then i asked him to make the major repairs (like giving us our own heating unit and fixing the lights and electrical outlets that did not work) he promised to fix months ago. He refused and is not evicting us. I contacted the building inspector who did an... Read more »

Bridget Sciscento
Bridget Sciscento
answered on Feb 1, 2022

If you are current on your rent and have given your landlord notice and a reasonable amount of time to fix the problems, then you can terminate your lease, deposit your rent in escrow with the Court, or ask the Court to reduce the amount of rent you have to pay until the issues are fixed. Since... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law for Ohio on
Q: How do I ask for a motion for appeal on an eviction
Bridget Sciscento
Bridget Sciscento
answered on Feb 1, 2022

It depends on who decided your case. If a magistrate decided your case, then you may object to the magistrate's decision. You have to file objections with the court within 14 days of the date that the decision was sent to you. If a judge decided your case, then you need to file a notice of appeal.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: What does someone who is not family need to do to prove the mother unfit for custody?
Bridget Sciscento
Bridget Sciscento
answered on Feb 1, 2022

Only certain people who are not related to the mother can seek custody of a child. If the mother was unmarried when the child was born, then any relative of the mother may seek custody. The grandparents of the child can seek custody regardless of whether the mother was unmarried when the child was... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: Does COVID-19 give ex the right to with hold makeup parenting time?

We have a parenting agreement that states any/all parenting time missed has to be made up within 90 days. Ex is claiming due to child having COVID-19 (which was the cause of missing the time) she does not have to comply with the order to make up this time. The courts told me there is no current... Read more »

Bridget Sciscento
Bridget Sciscento
answered on Feb 1, 2022

No, your ex cannot refuse makeup time with the child. There is a court order in place that directs any missed time to be made up within 90 days regardless of the cause of the childing missing the parenting time, it needs to be made up within the 90 days. If your ex does not comply with the make up... Read more »

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