Q: What does Ohio consider as de minimis contact?
I've had custody of a family members child for 2 years, the child has lived with me for over 4 years. No order of support was made due to their living on government assistance at the time. They always stated they would send money but never did. They cut off communication except for 2 hours at a family event and less than an hour at a public center. Does 3 hours in a year meet de minimis contact on their part? Would it disqualify adoption for visitation and/or support due to no order? Thank you.
A: Three hours per year would likely constitute de minimus contact and their consent would not be required to proceed with the adoption.
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