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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: I want to adopt the child I have permanent Custody of but I don’t know how to start.

I have custody of a friend from high schools 2 children, she is on drugs and I couldn’t let them go into foster Care. I also have 1 child of my own who is 6. I got the first one when he was 4 months old, he is now 3 but has had a relationship with his mom the entire time, she gave birth again to... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Nov 25, 2019

You might not be able to adopt, but you might be able to obtain guardianship. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to talk to a local attorney who specializes in adoptions to review all the facts and advise you.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Adoption for Ohio on
Q: I am married but I also pay child support and there is no court order is it legal for her to keep my children from me?

I live in celina ohio my wife currently keeps the kids from me for long periods of time like hides for no reason. She currently moved out of this trailer and her neighbors said a bunch of crazy things about her and what happened when she lived there but any ways. There is No court custody agreement... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 24, 2019

If there is no court order for custody, then each married parent has equal rights to the child. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney to review your situation and advise you of your options.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: My boyfriend and I have been together 3 years. Shortly after he got guardianship of his sisters 2 boys.

We are not married so my name is not on the paperwork, but for the better half of 3 years I have been their mom. They call me mom. I am the only one who works, he lives off the money the state provides him. I am the one who does 90% of everything for those boys. My boyfriend and I are not working... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 19, 2019

Unfortunately, you currently have no legal standing in relation to those boys. If your boyfriend is unfit, you could petition to have him removed as guardian and you be appointed their guardian instead. Otherwise, if you and he separate, he would determine when and if you can continue to spend... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Ohio on
Q: My niece is 12, lives with Mom, wants to live with Dad. How old does she have to be to request and get perm? Ohio btw.

Niece is 12 years old, mother had her in highschool, they live in Ohio, father is in Tennessee and they have never been married. He never fought for custody. Niece wants to live with Dad. How old does she have to be to request this and gain permission? Father wants her.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 10, 2019

Niece doesn't get to decide. If a court has not granted father any parental rights, then her mother has sole legal custody, and she gets to make all parental decisions. Father could file for parental rights, and the court would then decide what is in the best interest of the child. Father should... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: What ALL has to be done for me to get custody of my kid back after I signed adoption papers over to my parents?

My parents fought for the adoption because I was an ex drug addict and they thought i was still using when i wasnt.. I have been clean for 2 and a half years now and would be absolutely willing to take a drug test to prove that. My daughter is almost 4 years old. My mother gave me no option but to... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 10, 2019

That question is much too complicated to answer on-line. You will need to retain an attorney to review all the facts and circumstances, and advise you what actions you would have to take. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Ohio on
Q: Can my husband adopt my girls?

I have 2 girls by a man I never married they are 10 and 11. He bas been in jail and on drugs very recently. I was told that by his mother. He has not seen talked to or paid child support for them in a year. I am now married and he has been Financially supporting them and me as well as our child... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 15, 2019

Your husband can file for step parent adoption through the probate court. Check the local court web site for the process or use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney to assist.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Ohio on
Q: Would adopting my husband's child eliminate standing for toxic paternal grandparents rights?

My husband's parents are very toxic and mean to our children. When I look up information on grandparents rights in Ohio it says that if the parents are married/home is intact, that grandparents have no legal rights. Is this true? Does this also hold true in step-parent adoptions? Or could they... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Apr 25, 2019

Grandparents generally have no rights over the parents objections. He can tell his parents no. He just needs to man up and do it .

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: My niece is wanting my husband and I to adopt her unborn baby. What do we need to do for this to be legal and not cost?

Not wanting to have to spend a lot of money as the birth mother doesn't have money or a job and we are low on funds.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 18, 2019

Talk to the probate court and review the forms and procedures for adoption on the court's web site. The biological father would have to consent. You probably will need an attorney to assist you with the process. You can use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney who handles adoptions.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Ohio on
Q: My nephew live and is from Bolivia, South America, he's girlfriend is back in Ohio and pregnant.

Her parents wants to adopt the baby and get him out of the picture. Do he have any right or say about this, even that he lives in another country? She's US citizen. What about he's parental rights?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jan 18, 2019

He will need to establish paternity to secure parental rights and should be aware that doing so will trigger support obligations.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: Can I get custody of two kids if the parents are unfit. Even though they are not related to me at all

The kids are close enough to me they are family and they know that. They father has no job or license same with the mother when the mother had them they are going from place to place to find a place to stay the night and the kids are covered in dirt and bed bug bites. The kids come back with diaper... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Aug 13, 2018

Contact local children's services and describe the problems and that you are willing to take them in.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: My duaghters friend is 16 and her mother kicked her out and told her to come get her things which she did what are her

what are her rights? The mother also said she was changing the locks. Now she is telling her if she doesn't come home she is calling he cops. What do we do? We are willing to take her and do w/e legally so she can stay with us.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 11, 2018

The mother is responsible for her daughter. If she told her to come home, then she should. If there are problems at her home, you could call children's services.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: I have been raising my goddaughter for 6yrs with birth mother only giving foodstamps how can i get custody?

She gives nothing else not money clothing or attention but on 1st when we go to store.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 27, 2018

Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney to review all the facts and advise you about your options and what to do.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Q: How do I move out at 16

I have a family that wants to take me in my grandfather is abusive and I need to get out of this house what do I have to do to move out so I do not get in trouble. Family that’s wants me to move in will provide me with everthing I need for school cloths and place to live. I just need to know how... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 6, 2018

The family should retain a local family law attorney, review all the facts of the situation, and get advice on how to best go about seeking custody of you in the juvenile court.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: I’m a dad of 3 girls and i want to get full custody of them. The mom has been absent for 3 years now. In another country

Mom lives in Mexico. I have all 3 girls. Age 6 10 and 11 . I can’t even get them a passport because the mom is gone. I want full legal rights. Also. My girlfriend is willing to adopt them and parent with me. I don’t know where to start

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 4, 2018

If you were not married to her, establish paternity then file for custody. If you are married to her, you can file for divorce and custody. Your girlfriend could not adopt them unless she becomes your wife. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney to assist you.

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Litigation, Family Law and Adoption for Ohio on
Q: Dismissed Ohio Untimely Notice of Appeal- Attorney filed for reconsideration-blamed postal service.

Question: Will the Appellate Court grant this ridiculous Motion for Reconsideration?

Background: Notice of Appeal was two (2) days late. Appellants attorney mailed it on a Friday thinking it would be fine and stamped by the Clerk on Monday. It was delivered on Wednesday. Appellate... Read more »

R. Scott Patterson
R. Scott Patterson answered on May 2, 2018

IS THIS A QUESTION?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Probate for Ohio on
Q: What if the guardians/adopted parents are sociopathic and pry into the adopted child's life?

I have a case that involves these guardians/adopted parents having a history of stealing money, identification papers and copying federal documents that belonged to the child without the child's permission or notification. The child was also unjustly kicked out by their guardian/adopted parents... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 11, 2018

If the person is no longer a minor, but is still under a guardianship, then the person should go to probate court to seek to have the guardians removed. Once removed or replaced, the person could then also remove their names from all financial accounts and set a credit lock with the credit bureaus... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: My 4 year old son

My ex boyfriend father of my 4 year old son took him out of state of ohio and moved to my without taking it to court to get his rights he is not in birth certificate and now i only get him every over weekend. Can he do that? And i have a 2 year old daughter with him he hasnt been in her life since... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 6, 2018

Your current bf must marry you to be able to adopt. If the ex bf won't return your son, and if there is no court order granting him any parental rights, then contact the police where he is staying, and ask them if they will help you get your son, and if you need to bring anything more than the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: About Father rights and adoption

I have full custody of my 1 year old Son . His father doesn't help financially and only calls every now and than . He has sent me a text message saying he was just going to sign his rights away . My boyfriend wants to adopt my Son but cant until my Sons dad sign up his rights . is there away around... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 1, 2018

Father cannot sign away his rights. He has a legal obligation to provide support until there is an adoption. You and your bf would have to be married before the adoption could proceed. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney who handles adoptions.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: Sibling Adoption Q+A

I am almost 21 years old, I have a job and I am getting ready to move out in may. My younger sister, who is 14, is a homosexual. My parents are extremely religious and when they found out that she was a homosexual, they blocked her off from the world and screamed at her for hours, telling her that... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 26, 2018

To get a professional opinion, use the Find a Lawyer tab and retain a local attorney who handles adoptions to review all the facts, advise you, and assist you with the process. That is the only way to get any answers of value.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: Can a parent move far away taking their kids - while still legally married with no parenting agreement in place?

Asking for my friend: SHe left her wife (in Indiana) to attend law school in Ohio. It was originally temporary to allow her to go to classes, but how has become a permanent separation. There are no divorce papers signed and no parenting agreement in place. She is still a regular presence in their... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 20, 2018

Without a court order for custody, either parent can move with the children, and no permission is required. But the other parent then would have to file with the court to try to sort out the custody issue in a divorce or legal separation. If Ann is going to law school, she should know to talk to... Read more »

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