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Q: how much is it to submit divorce papers

everything has already been settled in court just have to submit the papers

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Lee Thompson Esq answered on Jun 22, 2015

Each county has it's own filing fee. You can get the information from the clerk of courts in the county you will be filing.

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Q: In marriage dissolution, is there any way that I would not have to come back in 90 days for hearing?

I will be getting a new job in Alabama and coming back up here in 90 days for a hearing would be a terrible inconvenience for me. It is a 12 hour drive. Is there anything I can do to avoid coming back in 90 days due to my relocating?

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Lee Thompson Esq answered on Jun 22, 2015

You have to be present but, I have on rare occasion used deposition testimony by clearing it with the court first.Talk to the attorney handling it. Another way to do it that would work is to convert the dissolution into a divorce, use the same agreement and only your spouse and witness would have... Read more »

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Q: What is the shortest possible time to get a dissolution? Is hiring a private lawyer faster?

I live outside of the US, and my wife lives in the US. I am only in the states for a week, and we would like to terminate our marriage with as little time and complications as possible. We're both willing to compromise, and do whatever is easiest for our two children. But I don't have... Read more »

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Lee Thompson Esq answered on Nov 30, 2014

The papers have to filed first. Once filed, the court has to have a hearing not less than 30 nor more than 90 days after it is filed. All you would have to do is show up for the hearing. An alternative would be do a divorce with a complete by separation agreement, have her be the plaintiff and make... Read more »

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Q: Is it contempt of court if you were granted divorce and the ex will not sign papers!!
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Lee Thompson Esq answered on Nov 30, 2014

She doesn't need to sign the final entry. Only the judge needs to do that. If there are papers she was ordered to sign and won't, that would be a contempt.

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Q: My boyfriend has his daughter every other whole week and is currently unemployed and the mom went and filed for

Child support through the child support office and he has to pay 312 a month now she says she dont want child support how can we get it dropped since we have her every other week? we live in ohio

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Lee Thompson Esq answered on Nov 29, 2014

He can file a motion to modify with the court or file for an administrative review through the support enforcement agency. Going through court is quicker and since she's in agreement, this can be done with a motion, waiver of service, financial affidavit and agree entry.

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Q: my child support is court ordered... so when I remarry can my ex spouse collect child support from my new spouse?
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Lee Thompson Esq answered on Nov 29, 2014

Simple answer is no, the child support obligation is personal to you. However, an increase in child support is possible under the statute to deviate from the support guidelines. See http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/3119.23(H).

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Q: My mom has full legal custody of my two boys how do I get them back they dont want to go back to my moms

I am trying to figure out how to get them back thorw the courts

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Lee Thompson Esq answered on Nov 26, 2014

This was asked more than two months ago but no one answered. You would have to file a motion to change custody, now referred to as a modification of the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities. You would be asking the court to name you residential parent.

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Q: At what age can my child choose what parent he wants to live with in Ohio ?
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Lee Thompson Esq answered on Nov 26, 2014

There is no specific age. Years ago, Ohio set the age of election at 12 but the court could still overrule a child. What the court is looking at now to consider a child's wishes, are in a shorthand way, the maturity and reasoning ability of the child. There is no specific age. A 10 year old... Read more »

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Q: can i have my child support reduced in state of ohio once the mother has gotten married and has to household incomes?
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Lee Thompson Esq answered on Nov 26, 2014

It's possible. You need to look at the deviation statute. It's a difficult area and I would recommend consulting an attorney on this one.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: If a father is paying child support what else is he obligated to pay if there is no other court orders

There is no other court orders except a child support order

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Lee Thompson Esq answered on Nov 26, 2014

He only needs to follow the order of the court, which can be modified.

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Q: I have a question. um, it is, if I want the divorce asap. Do I need to be separated from him for 90 days?
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Lee Thompson Esq answered on Nov 26, 2014

In Ohio, no. A divorce can be filed while the two of you are living together.

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Q: My Girl friend has started her divorce and His lawyer wants my personal banking info and emplyment info and stubs

do they have that right to see this info.

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Lee Thompson Esq answered on Nov 26, 2014

That can get it but would need a subpoena. If one if filed, you can get an attorney and file a motion to what is called quash it. They could also take your deposition. My guess is they want the information to show she has money available to her from you.

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Q: My son's father doesn't ask about my son or come see him but he won't sign over his rights. Is there anything I can do?

We have a child support order and the biological father pays it but he doesn't want to any more and he never comes sees the child or asks about him. He says he won't sign his rights over to me and my fiancé because he wants to bug me and he is scared he will still have to pay child... Read more »

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Lee Thompson Esq answered on Nov 22, 2014

If you and your fiancé get married, in Ohio, if the natural father has provided no support(he has) OR has not had contact with your son, you would not need his consent for an adoption. The court would be looking at a one year period prior to the filing of the petition for adoption. That would... Read more »

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Q: Can my husband live across the street from my sons school if there is a cpo.

He was arrested for domestic violence and pleaded not guilty ,still waiting on jury trial to start.

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Lee Thompson Esq answered on Nov 22, 2014

Impossible to answer without more. Most all protection orders define the contact and sometimes the proximity. You should talk to the prosecutor's office.

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Q: If a father is paying child support what else is he obligated to pay if there is no other court orders

There is only a order for child support

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Lee Thompson Esq answered on Nov 22, 2014

The order would have to be modified. Right now, if all the order says is child support, then that's it. If someone wants the father to pay other costs, such as uninsured or uncovered medical, that would need to be an order of the court. It's odd there was nothing more in the order.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: Ohio adoption laws

My grandaughter wishes me to adopt her 6 year old daughter how do we do that

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Lee Thompson Esq answered on Nov 22, 2014

Without knowing more than you can give here, you'd have to have the consent of the parents.

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Q: Daughter has a child with bf. Bf is a full-blown alcoholic. Daughter/son (1y.o.) leave fear for their life.

What rights does she have and what does sheneed to do ? Daughter/son are living with us (parents of daughter).

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Lee Thompson Esq answered on Nov 21, 2014

Hard to answer without more information. In Oho, if paternity was never established, she doesn't have to let the father see the child. If paternity was established but no parenting time(visitation) was ever ordered by the court, she doesn't have to let him see the child. If they ever... Read more »

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Q: my sons girlfriend moved his children out of state and denys him visitation. can she do this legally?

he is father on birth certificate, but never married!

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Lee Thompson Esq answered on Nov 21, 2014

There are some unknowns here so lets do it this way. Is paternity established? That's step one. Being on the birth certificate probably takes care of this if done properly. If there is paternity established, does your son have a a court order for visitation? If yes, then she is in contempt. If... Read more »

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Q: i have a 10 month girl was told it was mine getting a divorce but wont full custody what and how do i do
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Lee Thompson Esq answered on Nov 21, 2014

If married and it's your child, file for divorce and seek custody. It's many times assumed a father can't get custody but I've seen it happen. Be prepared to have an attorney though. Custody are not easy.

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Q: We have been separated for 1 year. Can I file a divorce even tho I can find him
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Lee Thompson Esq answered on Nov 19, 2014

You can file for divorce whether you can find him or not provided you meet the residency requirements in Ohio. You need to be a resident of Ohio for six months and the county where you file for 90 days preceding the filing of the complaint.

One ground for divorce in Ohio is living...
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