A friend of a friend in another state is pregnant and doesn't want the baby. Said friend contacted me to ask if I would be willing to take the baby. She is due in roughly two or three months so I don't have a lot of time. I'm aware that adoption can cost tens of thousands of dollars... Read more »
My son was born in Florida, we now live in Ohio with my boyfriend(Not his bio father). His father and I were never married, but he is on the birth certificate. He lived with me for about 6 months after our son was born, but was abusive to me throughout our relationship(No police or anything... Read more »
My cousin does not want another baby and I cannot have kids. She and the babies father has both agreed that they want to sign the baby over to me because they cannot afford or want another baby. How do they sign the baby over to me legally at birth?
I have a child whom I have no blood relation to living with right now, both bio parents are on drugs and do not help with anything. She has not seen her mom in almost 2 months and her dad is a lot longer. There are times she can't even contact them. She needs to see doctors, get her eyes... Read more »
His bio father never bothered to recognize him or even provide any type of support. I am now married (married 3 years and have been together for 5 years) and my husband wants to legally adopt him. Do I need to terminate parental rights with my son's biological dad, or can we skip that step and... Read more »
Adoption and termination of rights happen at the same time. You will need to file for a stepparent adoption, which the biological father will have a right to contest. If he has not had more than de minimus (small) contact with OR provided support for your child for over a year then his consent is...Read more »
A kinship caregiver can file for legal custody or adoption of a child. The difference is that parents can still have residual rights when a third party has legal custody but in the course of an adoption the parental rights are permanently terminated. The court will not necessarily grant a kinship...Read more »
Ive had custody of a child for 13 months, -temp custody for 18 months, and have taken care of her since 2018. her father has history of substance abuse and domestic violence, cannot see child for 4.5 years. mother same problem, but currently incarcerated, felonious assault was her charge. Both of... Read more »
The laws relating to adoption are found in Chapter 3107 of the Ohio Revised Code. Legal steps for completing adoptions are to complete a Petition for Adoption in the county Probate Court, hold a Hearing on the Adoption (must have required consents and/or service on parents), a home study must be...Read more »
In Ohio, if the noncustodial parent has either 1) not had more than de minimus contact with or 2) failed to provide support to the child for one year or more, you do not need their consent to the stepparent adoption.
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 »
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 »
My husband and I have had full custody of his 13 year old son for over 10 years now. Mom has since had another child who is now 6 years old which custody was given to her mother who has since passed away. The child is now back in her mothers care but need to know how to help grandma/ myself get... Read more »
If the child is not going to be placed with child services because of the mother's drug use, then you or the grandmother can file a private custody action in Juvenile court. You or her will need to prove 1) that the mother is unfit and 2) that putting the child in the care of a non-parent is...Read more »
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 »
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 »
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... Read more »
You need to file a motion to modify custody in the court that currently has the existing order. You will likely then need to transfer jurisdiction to where the child currently lives. You will be arguing that the mother has abandoned the child per the perales standard and have a strong likelihood of...Read more »
If you are a grandparent it is a simple form for grandparent power of attorney signed by the mother that you file in your county's juvenile court. If you are not a grandparent then you need to file an application for guardianship with consent of the mother in your county's probate court.
She can call the cops sure. But that's not kidnapping. However, you risk being adjudicated unruly or delinquent, and if your grandmother helps you, she could be charged with an offense called interference with custody. In other words, your mother has a legal right to custody and if you just up...Read more »
But i cant prove she is abusive. Ever since she got custody of me at i think the age of 3, there has never been any love and its always been basically hell. When i was younger i was constantly grounded and had to stand up with my nose pressed against a fridge for days or months on end. Because of... Read more »
Never trust people you meet on-line - even though they seem nice. Those kinds of things end up as tragedies on the news -- or else somebody disappears and is never heard from again. Talk to a teacher, school counselor, or other trusted adult about the situation at home and the people you met on...Read more »
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