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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: My niece was adopted by my parents

My mom had my niece since birth her and my dad adopted her tragicly my parents passed away several years later she is ten but I have gained custody of her. Can my sister her biological mother take me to court and get visitation with her now

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 6, 2021

No. If she was adopted, your sisters rights were terminated. She has no legal standing.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: Please help. I currently have a DVO against my ex who is the father of my 1 year old twin boys.

The dvo was placed because he had hit my 5yr old (not his) while i was 20 weeks pregnant i moved out within an hour contacted a family cop, he said since i moved out that i didnt have to report it. I tried supervised visatation he kept threatening,so added the twins to the dvo. My now husband wants... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 13, 2021

Even with some visitation it may not be enough to convince the court to let him adopt the twins. The prior DV against the 5 yo may make it very difficult to convince the court to permit the adoption.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: How can I find my 4 children they was taken by dcbs 2 years ago and I'm sure they are probably adopted out now please

I've been trying to find them for 2years I was tricked into signing over my rights

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 12, 2021

You will need to hire a private investigator.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: How easy is stepparent adoption if the bio-dad didn't sign the birth certificate

I live in KY . The father of my daughter didn't sign birth certificate, when I was pregnant he was abusive and I had a active DVO for 3 years . Has a criminal record and has never seen her or signed anything saying he was the father Would he be notified if my fiance adopted her ? Would he... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Feb 19, 2021

Yes. He would have to be notified. If he does nothing, you win by default. If he opposes it, you have to gave a contested hearing and the judge will decide.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Do I have to legally give my friend back his dog while fostering if no legal papers were wrote up ?

I live in Kentucky and my friend wasn’t nice to his puppy & took his anger out on her . For example : I’ve seen him scream at her , shake her , and attempt to choke her ( I stopped him ) .He asked me to foster her until he gets stable which I agreed to . He’s still not Stable , and he... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Feb 16, 2021

Yes. The dog belongs to him. You just said so in your question. If he is mistreating the dog, report him to animal services. If they remove the dog, them you can possibly adopt him.

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Q: 14 yr ago i had an open cps case which then was closed. Can i foster a child or adopt?

i had a drug in my system they got me for child neglect. Even though i didnt have my child around me when i did it but because it was in my system they gave me the neglect charge. I then never failed another drug test and took drug classes and parenting classes and i passed all of them and received... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Feb 6, 2021

You can certainly apply. Might be able to foster now if no other negative occurrences.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Do I have legal right over a neglected Snake as a Minor?

My Uncle, Aunt, and Cousin arrived with a Cornsnake when they came to live with us. He had a glass bowl, maybe a twig or two, and that was it. His tank is pretty small for his size, I think, and he didn't even come with a heatlamp. I've been taking care of him for a while and none of them... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jan 14, 2021

You do not but your mother does. She can take the snake with you to North Dakota.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Civil Rights for Kentucky on
Q: How easy is stepparent adoption if the bio-dad didn't sign the birth certificate?

How easy is stepparent adoption if the bio-dad didn't sign the birth certificate?

My ex didn't sign my son's birth certificate. And he hasn't been in his life for over 5 years. He never signed anything that announced him as his father. My husband is the only dad he knows... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Dec 16, 2020

You can file a petition for adoption or a petition for name change. Natural father must be served. If served and objects, court decides. If served and doesn’t object or defaults, you most surely win.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: What can I do if my rights were terminated In 2008 however my twins are now 16 what are my rights as their birth mom

And what right do the have as 16 year old adoptees

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Dec 14, 2020

Neither side has any rights. They were terminated. You may want to wait until they are 18 and legal adults. Then you can contact them and seek a relationship.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: can I move out at the age of 17 but turn 18 n two months?

i am trying to go back to my real dad who has not been served with papers when my mom took me from him and then my stepdad signed his rights over after my mom passed and I live with my stepmom now and her bf but will my real dad be able to come get me

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 7, 2020

Or before you turn 18 but once you turn 18, you can go and do as you please.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: My wife & I are helping a friend raise her 8 mo old baby. Trying to figure out if we can get rights w/o mom losing them

Best friend with some background issues now has an 8mo baby. My wife and I are helping raise the baby. The mother and baby now live with us. We want to see if we can get some sort of rights but without the mother losing hers. Babies father is not in the picture. Wanting rights to be able to... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 20, 2020

You can if the mother agrees. File a custody action and you can be joint custodian.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Election Law, Family Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Kentucky on
Q: My brother is 24 years old the state got guardianship over here can he go to jail if he runs to a different state

They try to say he me mental but he not he just don't spell good

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 17, 2020

No. He cannot go to jail.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Civil Litigation for Kentucky on
Q: I have 3 past drug charges and Dec 31st of 2018. My 2 children were placed in the care of family. Do I have the right to

To see my children. I haven't talked or seen them for a year. My daughter doesn't know me. She was only 10mosand my son is now 5yrs. PLEASE in Jesus Name, HELP me. I'm so sorry and ashamed of the hurt I have caused, over drugs. I want a chance to provide the love and life with me my... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 7, 2020

You should, yes. File a motion for a graduated parenting schedule. As long as you remain clean and sober, there shouldn’t be a problem with you parenting the children, although you may have to jump through some proof hoops to prove your sobriety.

4 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law, Adoption and International Law for Kentucky on
Q: I'm engaged to an Ukrainian and am trying to figure out how to get her Green Card after we marry.

The marriage will take place in Ukraine. We anticipate this to be early next year. She also has two children under the age of 18 that I eventually would be adopting.

Adan Vega
Adan Vega answered on Aug 20, 2020

If you are a U.S. citizen you can file the FORM I-129F and request the K-1 on behalf of your fiancee. The two children will be eligible to apply for the K-2 visa.

If you marry abroad, you will have to file the FORM I-130 with USCIS for each of them.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: Will I get in legal trouble for housing my adopted nephew for a week if I was in contact with social services

He’s 15. & he’s said his adopted parents were abusing him and they filed a runaway charge that I was unaware of. I was in contact with the social services the entire time. The cops showed up to arrest him and took him 2 days ago I’m concerned they’ll try to bring me up on charges and I... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 14, 2020

No. If you were in contact with CPS, you did the right thing. No charges.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: If you've lost custody of children previously to CPS but the case is closed, can you keep a baby if pregnant?

I lost custody of my two children to CPS foster care earlier this year, and have recently discovered I am pregnant.. what are the chances I will get to keep this child? The living situation, and overall situation is completely different from before.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 6, 2020

Probably 50/50. If you lay low and don’t do anything to get on their radar and the other case is closed, your chaNecessary of keeping the baby go way up.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Kentucky on
Q: Im being emotionally abused and my sister is 21 and she's living stable she said she'll take me I'm 16 what can I do?

I'm being emotionally abused by my grandpa and I've been abused and abandoned by my parents I'm 16 and I just want to leave, my sister said she'd adopt me because she has a stable home and she's making good money she's 21, I've been abused my whole life and I just... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 5, 2020

File a petition for guardianship.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: If I agree to my S-I-L adopting my kids, will I be able to see them without supervising since cps wont be involved?

Right now I'm only allowed supervised visits with my kids by someone approved by dcbs, which has been my sister in law. I'm just not financially stable at the moment so if i let my sister in law adopt my kids, and she doesn't mind, with cerain rules for me to spend time with my kids... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 4, 2020

The court will probably not allow you to circumvent the system like that, especially if it is the same family court Judge in both cases.

3 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: If a parent has multiple children in different homes and parental rights are terminated does that apply to all children?

I have permanent custody of a child who has 3 older siblings in foster care. Their foster parents are currently in the process to adopt the 3 siblings. If they get the parents rights terminated in their case, will i also have to get them terminated in my (adoption) case for the younger sibling, or... Read more »

Kristin Michelle Russell
Kristin Michelle Russell answered on Jun 18, 2020

If you have not been approved by the state as a foster parent, you will likely need to file a petition to adopt and a termination of parental rights as to the child in your custody. The birth parents may be willing to consent to avoid another involuntary termination. You should contact a Kentucky... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: How hard will it be for me to get custody of my granddaughter ? I am her grandmother. She has been with me more often

Than not since she was 1 1/2 old . Her mother lived with me off and on mostly not but most recently the last 4 + years with me doing all the care taking of my granddaughter because her mother wouldn't. She ( my daughter is mentally ill) and refuses to get help . Most recently in November 2019... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 18, 2020

Unless the child has been with you for the past six months, you don’t have standing to file for custody. Alternatively, if or when she has been in your care or possession for at least six months, then you could be a de facto custodian and you would then have standing to bring an action for... Read more »

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