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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: How do I find a lawyer to help my husband adopt my son?

I have no way of contacting the biological father.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 26, 2021

Your local bar association or legal aid society.

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Q: My friend passed away and her husband wants to sign custody of one of their children over to me

He is the father on the birth certificate and this is in Kentucky but I’m in New York

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jul 28, 2021

You’ll need to enter an agreed order if there is an open case already or file a custody action if there is not an existing case.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: My son was adopted at a young age.Now hes turning 17 and wants to see me and talk to me but adopted parents say no.

Ive sent msg and tried to keep in contact all these years. He also wants to meet his 5yr old brother who i have...is there anything we can do?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 24, 2021

Not until you turn 18. After that, you can freely contact them and communicate with them!

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment for Kentucky on
Q: If my girlfriend has an open cps case against her parents can they give their parental rights to my grandmother?

She is 16, I am 17, and my grandma has already talked to the social worker and said that would work, but her parents just now decided they would go through with it and I dont know if they will hold onto that. So if they do then how long would it take before my girlfriend lives with my grandma? If... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 18, 2021

No.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: what are my rights as a grandparent if paternity hasnt been established
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 6, 2021

You don’t have any rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Appeals / Appellate Law and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: if i was in rehab 2019 and my rights werte terminated what can i do
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 1, 2021

Depends on whether you were properly served with the petition for termination while you were in rehab.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: Can I adopt stepsons without their biological mothers consent? What are the steps we need to take to do this?

I have been raising my step sons for the last 9 years, they are 15 and a set of 12 yr old triplets, they have been asking for me to adopt them so that i can be their "real" mom. My husband has full custody of them. Their biological mother is supposed to have supervised visitations and pay... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 1, 2021

You have to file an involuntary petition to terminate the parental rights and adopt the children.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: Me and my ex husband have permanent custody of his great niece. How do I terminate the mothers rights?

I have her 99% of the time and I want to adopt her. But we both want her rights terminated and want to adopt her.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 1, 2021

You file a petition to terminate the mothers parental rights and adopt the child.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: Can my younger sister (14) come and live with my husband and I?

My sister currently lives with our mother in KY while I live in WV. Our mother is not physically abusive anymore but is still very verbally and mentally abusive. Their house is frequently covered is animal feces and vomit, no clean clothes or showers unless she comes to my house. I called CPS and... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 17, 2021

Unfortunately, no.

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.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Kentucky on
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.

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