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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: We live in Kentucky. We have had my husband son since he was 1 and a half. He’s 3 now. Could I file to adopt him?

The bio mom sees him 12 hours a week. He is always returning with head lice and we found a bedbug on him. Previously he has returned with bedbug bits also. I’d like to adopt him and terminate her rights fully. She has a previous child that she threatened to throw over a balcony because her ex was... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 5, 2019

Yes. You can file to adopt him.

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Q: Can i adopt my girlfriends daughter without us being married? She's 10 and her bio dad has never supported or seen her.

Other than when she was born but hasn't provided for her in 10 year's. Would we need his consent?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 23, 2019

It’s possible but dad would have to be given notice in any event.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Is there a way to gain custody of my friends dog that I keep for weeks at a time?

I have been doing this for several months now, I have had him groomed. When I take him back they only keep him one day and then call me to come back and get him. My friend has stated that the dog is not allowed to make noises nor are they allowed to have animals at their residence. There is always... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 12, 2019

No.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: How do we terminate bio moms rights, so that I may adopt my daughter.

My daughters bio mom accused my fiance of abuse in October in the county we live in. Those charges were dismissed. She then went to the county she lives in and filed the same charges. Those were dismissed as well. My fiance has had custody since she was 3 months. She is now 14. My daughter is... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 28, 2019

Hire an attorney to file a petition to adopt/involuntarily terminate parental rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: The mother signed over her rights while the father was in jail. Does he still have his rights?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 24, 2019

Absolutely, unless his were terminated voluntarily by him or involuntarily by the court.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: Temporary custody/ guardianship. Complicated. Dont know where to start.

19 year old is taking care of younger siblings. Has power of Attorney for them. Mom is incarcerated dad out of the picture (abusive). The 19 year old want to join military and needs someone to take care of the kids while he is gone. We are willing to take care of them (we are not related to them)... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 5, 2019

He can go to probate court and establish a guardianship for them with you as the guardians.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: I adopted a puppy from a shelter on Saturday today the shelter calls me and tells me the owner wants it back

Turns out the shelter violated the mandatory hold law and let me adopt the stray puppy aftr 3 days at the shelter. I dont want to give it back he is part of the family now and my son adores him and calls him buddy. What do i legally have to do

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jul 24, 2019

You can keep the puppy or you can give the puppy back. You are fine either way. The shelter is the one with the problem if they adopted him out too soon. Although, you may want to consider the length of time the puppy had been with the prior owner, how the puppy got loose, and whether your son... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: If my uncle and his wife decide to sign custody of their child over to me what paper work and steps need to be taken?

Social services stepped in and took the child. My uncle and the child's mother have reached out to me wanting me and my husband to take the child. So would this be as simple as printing off the custody form off line and all parties signing the paper to turn their rights over to me and having a... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 27, 2019

Best course would be to file a custody sction against them and then everyone enter an agreed order awarding you custody.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: How can i see my kids when i sign over full custody to my ex husband and sing adopotion to his current wife?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Feb 14, 2019

If they have been adopted, you are pretty much out of luck. If they have not been adopted, you need to hire an attorney and have him revie and file a motion immediately.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: I sign over full custody to my ex husband an how can i see my kids
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Feb 7, 2019

If there are no provisions for visitation in the case where you signed over custody, you will need to make a motion for a parenting schedule to be set in that case.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: My girlfriends son is 1. His father is in and out of jail. He has only seen him once. He isnt listed on birth certificat

Whats the best way to handle an adoption? We are planning to married in a year

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Dec 26, 2018

Get married. Then file petition for Adoption and Termination of Fathers Rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: My father had gaurdian ship of my children he passed away .Can i go pick up my son

My step father had custody through the court but he passed away two days later i go to check on my son and some guy i dont even know told me he has custody and to leave but i have seen no court papers or proof .how could i look this information up also check on a court date in the future

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 27, 2018

Depends on who has CUSTODY of your son and any orders of court.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: I am 17 years old and I am in foster care. I want to be adopted by my foster parent but is it possible

I will be 18 September 11th 2019 and I am in a foster care agency and my mom gave temporary custody to the state but I want to be adopted by my foster mother even though my mother wont give consent

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 25, 2018

Wait til you turn 18 and do it as an adult adoption. Then your mother can’t stop you.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: Can an adoption be stopped or reversed due to being coaxed into doing it?

My daughter is bipolar and was coaxed into giving her father custody of her 3yr old baby so that the baby would receive money from his disability. Is it possible to stop or reverse the adoption. My daughter agrees that she is not fully capable of caring for her daughter and was coaxed into it and... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 8, 2018

You should hire a local lawyer to go in and ask the court to set aside the adoption. After it becomes final it may be too late.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Immigration Law for Kentucky on
Q: Can my husband adopt my daughter if he is not a citizen? He is from mexico and is starting the process for citizenship.

My husband and I were married in March of this year and he is trying to go through the process for citizenship but in the meantime can he still adopt my daughter even if he is not a citizen? He is from mexico and I know it will be hard for him to receive citizenship due to coming to America more... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 6, 2018

It will vary widely from court to court, but generally speaking, he should be able to adopt her.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: I was adopted as a child and it was a closed adoption would it be legal to get married to my biological cousin closed ad
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 5, 2018

Legally, yes, although genetically it may not be a good idea if the cousin is first or second. Beyond that degree, you are probably ok.

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Q: Can someone sell/adopt for free a puppy of four weeks old?

I have seen multiple people in the Hardin county are in Kentucky and was wondering if it’s legal

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 3, 2018

Unfortunately, yes. While four weeks is far too early to separate from the mother, there is no law that prohibits it.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: I want to take custody of my nephews biological sibling from the state. Is there president for this in KY?

My brothers ex had baby #4 about 6 months ago and he is in the custody of cps. They are giving me the run around because im not blood or currently related by marriage or adoption but my brother and his wife have full custody of his and the exs son and the wife adopted him. The oldest son is in the... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 13, 2018

You could file a motion in the CPS case to possibly be awarded temporary custody by the court. Since you have never had possession or provided for this child, you do not have standing to file for custody as a “de facto” custodian. Your only shot is with the court in the dependency action.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Kentucky on
Q: I need legal advice on what to do in the case with my daughter and terminating his legal rights. I am on a budget!!

I am looking for an attorney that will work with my budget on terminating my daughters biological fathers rights. My husband is wanting to adopt her and my ex has even text me and said he would willingly sign his rights away.. He does not have contact with my daughter, he is a drug abuser, has no... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 7, 2018

Contact a local family law attorney who specializes in adoptions. If your ex is willing to sign to terminate, it should be a relatively simple process.

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