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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: My daughter was taken from my ex girlfriend for endangerment, neglect , and abuse will i be able to get full custody?

i just want full custody of her will i have a chance in court ?

R. Scott Patterson
R. Scott Patterson
answered on May 12, 2017

That depends on a number of things. First, are you the legal father, either by an acknowledgement of paternity or a paternity determination by a CSEA. If not, you are out of the game until the legal relationship between you and the child is established. Second, were you involved in the... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: My girlfriend wants to move out on the day she turns 18

My girlfriend would like to move out of her house on the day she turns 18 and into mine. She doesn't want to say at her moms anymore because she doesn't feel welcome but her mom says she can't move out even when she turns 18 because she will still be in school. Can her mom legally... Read more »

R. Scott Patterson
R. Scott Patterson
answered on May 9, 2017

She can move from her mother's home after she turns 18.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Q: I need help. I'm in Ohio. Husband is in Texas. He filed for divorce. Haven't seen my girls in 60 days. ohio or Texas ?
R. Scott Patterson
R. Scott Patterson
answered on May 9, 2017

You question raises a number of issues:

1) Have you resided in Texas with your husband; conversely, has he resided in Ohio with you? If you resided in Texas with your husband, Texas likely can assume personal jurisdiction over you. If not, Texas may be limited to granting the divorce, but...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: In dv case is it beneficial for witnesses to give prosecutor more info to convict? Could judge order no contact w child

The perp has prior different felonies in other county. During the offense in question, the perp terrorized not only the victim, but her family, in their home (incl. his 20m.old and our 15yr old)trying to break in,5 hours. Police were unable to respond for that period of time but when they did he... Read more »

R. Scott Patterson
R. Scott Patterson
answered on May 2, 2017

You present several questions, the answers to several of which depend on the relationships between the players, which may include yourself. If he was criminally charged with domestic violence, there should have been a Temporary Protection Order put in place. The circumstances would dictate whether... Read more »

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Q: I am seeking information about grandparents rights concerning visitation for myself and my husband. Do I have rights?

Also I need an attorney that will help my son when he comes home from prison next year to see his children. Can she keep them away from him?

R. Scott Patterson
R. Scott Patterson
answered on May 2, 2017

If the parents have never been married to one another, grandparents have standing to seek visitation with a grandchild. If the parents are presently married, grandparents enjoy no such standing. If the parents are divorced from one another, a grandparent may be able to become parties to the divorce... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: I'm the sole parent. My ex has never had a relationship with our 9 yr old son. Does he have visitation rights

My ex husband did not appear for the divorce. He refuses to pay child support. I've been after him since our divorce to have a relationship with our son. He finally made an effort about a year and a half ago. He met our son, and would see him occasionally, always with myself present. Mind you,... Read more »

R. Scott Patterson
R. Scott Patterson
answered on May 2, 2017

Read your divorce decree carefully; if your ex has visitation rights they will be spelled out there. If he truly has no court ordered parenting time, he would have to petition the court that granted the divorce for parenting time. You have expressed a number of arguments that would be appropriate... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: My ex denied me ordered visitation because I don't give my child medication for adhd when he's with me, can she do that?

I have ordered visitation. I went to pick up my child at the same time I have for the past 7 years. She denied me the right to pick him up due to me not giving him his medication for adhd. I have never given him it because I feel he doesn't need it and just needs structure as I feel she... Read more »

R. Scott Patterson
R. Scott Patterson
answered on Apr 30, 2017

Not having seen the specific orders for parenting time, along with your court's standard order for parenting time, my response will necessarily be general. Most courts require the visiting parent to give medications prescribed to a child during that visitation time. Your argument that he is... Read more »

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