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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support, Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: If a parent voluntarily signs away rights for their child to be adopted can their child support be forgiven

If the adoptive parent consents when the bio parent is a over $4000 behind

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answered on Nov 27, 2023

When a parent surrenders their parental rights, they are essentially giving up all of their rights and responsibilities to the child. This includes the right to have contact with the child, the right to make decisions about the child's upbringing, and the right to receive child support from... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: How do I find out if my name has been forged on adoption paperwork for my child? And how do I go about doing something?

My mother has already had a similar case on her. And my brother and sister in law said she tried to get them to sign my name.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Aug 27, 2023

You’ll have to petition the court in which the adoption was granted to open it up so you can see the records.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: Decieved about pregnancy girlfriend placed baby up for adoption.

My girl was a surrogate for her sister and husband by artificial insemunation.

Years later was informed it was my child. They all pretended it was a surrogate birth however it was not.

I was purposely lied to because girlfriend did not want to raise another baby.

It's... View More

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Aug 20, 2023

No. You do not have any paternal rights. You. Need to move fast and file a fraud lawsuit against st everyone invoked. Your time starts to fun on the day after you discovered they had defrauded you.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: My grandma has custody of my almost 3 year old son. (My parental rights was not taken) Due to poor choices I make, no

Contact has been placed between my son and I (dcbs) I’ve been told my grandma is trying to legally adopt my son, telling her lawyer she doesn’t know where I am or how to contact me, with her doing that can she legally adopt without my consent? How can I go about finding out if a court hearing... View More

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jul 16, 2023

Go to the family court clerks office in your county, take your ID and ask them to copy a complete copy of the case file in any case in which you are a named party. If she has filed anything to adopt, you will be a party to it and they will be able to locate it for you.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: I have had permanent custody of my niece for 3 years from Virginia cps and we live in ky. What do I do to adopt her

She was put in foster care in Virginia and I received full permanent custody. She is 15 now. Both parents are in jail. Can I file for adoption without an attorney

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 21, 2022

You can file for adoption without an attorney but I would not recommend it bc adoptions are hyper technical. Hire a lawyer, file a petition for adoption and you will likely be permitted to adopt the child.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: Can I adopt without parent permission if I have permanent custody since 11 months old and she is going to be 7.

I received temporary custody of this child at 2 weeks old and the mother did not comply with CPS request. When this child was just shy of her first birthday I was granted permanent custody of this child. Mother is in her life, the mother is on probation. This child is 6 years old. The father has no... View More

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Apr 6, 2024

Yes, you can file a contested adoption action against both parents.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: Can I terminate the parents rights after permanency is granted

My newphew was placed with me when he was 6 weeks old. After 2 years I was granted permanency. The first year the parents were involved. And provided support. The second and third year they were sporadic. And no support. Now they have had no contact for 2 years. And provided no financial... View More

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Feb 23, 2024

You seem like a very good candidate to terminate the parental rights and adopt if that is what you desire to do given your situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: I am a legal guardian since 7/22 of a now 15 year old who I want to adopt. The mother has been in and out of rehab

And the child has never met father and he paternity was only established due to mother being snap. I have never received child support and neither has the mother. The mother has another child that is 2 that she is about to loose custody of due to drugs etc. The 15 year old wants me to adopt her... View More

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Feb 7, 2024

You can file a petition for adoption in Jefferson county to adopt the child. Strongly urge you to consult a lawyer regarding same as the process is intricate.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: Should file motion for default judgment?

Had 1st hearing for TPR and adoption. Bio mom said she was not served that sheriff just left paperwork. Bio dad was served in jail.

On that court date the judge personally served her and instructed her and us that she had 20 days to respond to the summons/petition.

It has been 20... View More

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jan 4, 2024

File a motion for default judgment against both parents.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: Once I get an attorney to adopt my cousin I have permanent custody of what will the hearing look like

Both if bio parent’s voluntarily sign away rights or don’t sign away rights

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Dec 11, 2023

If the patents sign away their rights, there won’t be a hearing. If they do not, the court will take testimony to determine whether the parents rights will be terminated.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: I am Maternal grandmother and wish to adopt grandkids i have permanent custody of. How are my chances?

5yr old got perm. Custody in 2021. 18 mo perm Custody in 2023. Had 18 mo old from birth 5 yo all but 4mo of life. Have petitoned court for TPR and adoption hearing this month. Both parents were served by sheriff with notice of hearing.

History of drugs criminal child abuse case pending... View More

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Dec 8, 2023

Pretty good, especially if they don’t show up.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: Can I petition for sibling visitation rights for the 2 kids I’m adopting? They aren’t getting to see their sister.

I’m adopting 2 of my sisters children, after a voluntary terminated her rights.(ages 12 & 10) The other 2 kids were returned to fathers. (All kids have different dads). We have visitation rights with one child via mediation( age 7) but the other child we are not getting to see (age 4). All 4... View More

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Dec 7, 2023

Yes. You can.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: My brother and his girlfriend wanna give me there baby what do I need to do? An will cps be involved?

My brother an his girlfriend have a baby he just turned 1 they both say they can't care for him mentally or financially an there splitting up and wanna give him to me there asking me if cps would have to be involved? and if so would they let me keep him? They don't want him in foster care... View More

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Dec 1, 2023

You can file a custody action and do it all by agreement, most likely without any intervention from CPS.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Kentucky on
Q: If I talk to the birth mom about relinquishing rights to her daughter so I can adopt her

Can I tell her I will see about getting her child support and back support forgiven or would that be coercion I’ve had permanent custody almost 2 years and the child’s been with me 3 years

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 28, 2023

You have to be very careful with this type of thing. You should have your lawyer broach this issue with her rather than doing it yourself.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: How can I petition the courts of KY(CPS more specifically )for contempt, without an attorney? I live in another state.

The judge ordered a new home study to be done for my home and for me to be included in my nieces counseling via zoom/phone appointment bc I live in another state. Within two weeks, case was closed nothing ordered and placement of my nieces have been settled. How can that happen? I've been... View More

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 10, 2023

You’ll have to file a written motion for contempt, serve it on everyone and see if they will let you appear by zoom. If not, you will have to come in person.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: If I petition to adopt my cousin I’ve got permanent custody of how much should it cost estimated roughly

She was in the foster systems for almost 2 months

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 8, 2023

Roughly, $2000 to $2500

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: I’ve had permanent custody of my cousin since May 2022 can I adopt her and what steps do I need to take

My cousin was removed in April 21 and was in state care til June 21 I was granted temp custody then in May of 22 I was granted sole permanent custody her mom has not had visits since July 21 (per therapist orders) and has had virtually no contact since October 22 (we saw her on Halloween 22 and she... View More

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 7, 2023

Yes. You can adopt her. File a petition for Adoption in your county of residence naming the mother, father and child as defendants.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: how to adopt an abandoned child

so my little sisters mom dropped my 4 year old sister off to me and said she didnt want her anymore and gave me a notarized guardianship over my sister. her mom has not reach out to me in 2months now what can i do to adopt my sister or what do i need to do the father of my sister which was also my... View More

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 1, 2023

File a petition to adopt in the county in which you reside. You will need to have had Possession of your sister for six months before you can file.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Probate for Kentucky on
Q: in ky if my half sister is adopted by another man is she still heir to our fathers estsate?

father passed before he was willed by his aunt 1/3 of her estate. In her will she states in his passing it should go to his children myself and half sisters name listed. My half sister was adopted by another man years previous and showed up with her hand out to recieve "her share". is... View More

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Aug 14, 2023

No. If she was adopted by another man, her rights to inherit from your father have been terminated.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: I want to get custody of my autistic siblings from my parents, how can I do that?

My father and step mother have always been neglectful and borderline abusive to me and my siblings, because I don’t live full time with them I don’t get the worst of it. But my siblings do, and I want to take action to get custody of them after i graduate high school. Me and my brothers have... View More

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Aug 13, 2023

You’ll need to go through CPS, report your parents and try to gain custody in a DNA proceeding. Otherwise, you have no standing to bring a petition for custody against them in a custody action.

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