Ohio Adoption Questions & Answers

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?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 18, 2019
Joseph Jaap's answer
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.

Q: My nephew live and is from Bolivia, South America, he's girlfriend is back in Ohio and pregnant.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Ohio on
Answered on Jan 18, 2019
Matthew Williams' answer
He will need to establish paternity to secure parental rights and should be aware that doing so will trigger support obligations.

Q: Can I get custody of two kids if the parents are unfit. Even though they are not related to me at all

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 13, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
Contact local children's services and describe the problems and that you are willing to take them in.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jul 11, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
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.

Q: I have been raising my goddaughter for 6yrs with birth mother only giving foodstamps how can i get custody?

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jun 27, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
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.

Q: How do I move out at 16

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Answered on Jun 6, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
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.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Ohio on
Answered on May 4, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
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.

Q: What if the guardians/adopted parents are sociopathic and pry into the adopted child's life?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Probate for Ohio on
Answered on Apr 11, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
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 so they can no longer gain access to money.

Q: My 4 year old son

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Ohio on
Answered on Apr 6, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
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 birth certificate.

Q: About Father rights and adoption

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Ohio on
Answered on Mar 1, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
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.

Q: Sibling Adoption Q+A

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 26, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
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.

Q: Can a parent move far away taking their kids - while still legally married with no parenting agreement in place?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 20, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
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 an attorney. She can use the Find a Lawyer tab.

Q: How to get custody of my two Cousins, after my cousin signed custody over to her husbands parents.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 20, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
Use the Find a Lawyer tab and retain a local family law attorney who can review all the facts and advise you what your options are. It depends on an assessment of all the facts.

Q: parents lost rights to kids had another kid was taken also but now able to get him back is this possible?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 19, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
You would have to use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney to review all the facts and answer your questions, and advise what steps you can take.

Q: Mother had rights stripped does she have visitation rights or does she have to go to court to get visitation set up.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 15, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
The court will specify what visitation she can have. Use the Find a Lawyer tab and retain a local family law attorney to discuss the situation and advise you.

Q: Anyway to fight for custody of a relative child in ohio?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 5, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
A court would review all the facts and circumstances and make a decision on what is in the best interest of the child. Use the Find a Lawyer tab and retain a local family law attorney to assist you.

Q: My fiance wants to adopt my twins, their father is in prison, does he have to sign over his rights for that to happen?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jan 20, 2018
R. Scott Patterson's answer
You and your fiance must first be married. The natural/biological father's consent is necessary except under limited and specific circumstances as they may exist at the time the Petition for Adoption is filed with the Probate Court.

Q: Does the court make you provide proof of income and stability to obtain custody of children after the parents die?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Ohio on
Answered on Jan 16, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
Before a court will award custody, the court will require information that the person can provide a suitable home environment, has sufficient income, etc. The court will decide what is in the best interest of the children. If your mother is not able to provide a proper home, contact children's services. If you want to obtain guardianship, use the Find a Lawyer tab and retain a local family law or probate attorney to assist you with the process.

Q: My mom has custody of my niece and nephew and now wants to sign them over to me. What are the steps to do this?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 20, 2017
Joseph Jaap's answer
The court that granted custody will have to approve that. Use the Find a Lawyer tab and consult a family law attorney in the location of the court that granted custody.

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