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.
Joseph Jaap's answer Use the Find a Lawyer tab and retain a local family law attorney to review all the facts and advise you of your options. You could file in court to re-establish contact. The court would decide if that is in the child's best interest considering all the facts. If you are not paying child support, the court could order you to begin paying.
Joseph Jaap's answer Check your local court web site for the form to file for motion for contempt. Some courts or local law schools offer legal clinics for those without an attorney. But check your parenting time order. It might require mediation before filing a motion for contempt.
Joseph Jaap's answer You will have to file a motion with the court asking for that. Some courts have legal clinics to assist those without an attorney. You aren't required to have an attorney, but your chances of success are lower without one.
Joseph Jaap's answer If you are married, both parents have custody, until a court order says otherwise. If you file for legal separation or divorce, then the court will determine custody issues. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney to review all the facts and advise you.
Joseph Jaap's answer The court makes that determination. Your mother would have to file with the court to ask for a change. The court will take your desire into account, but might not agree to the change.
Joseph Jaap's answer She should have filed a change of address with the OH court which handled the divorce, and it would retain jurisdiction. She could file something in MI, but the MI court would likely say it belongs in OH court.
Joseph Jaap's answer The parents set the schedule for parenting time with the kids if they can agree, and if they can't, then the court will set the schedule. Most counties have a standard schedule based on the ages of the children. Use the Find a Lawyer tab and retain a local family law attorney to review all the facts and advise you.
Joseph Jaap's answer Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney to represent you in court at the custody hearing. The attorney can review all the facts and help you present them to the court as evidence and testimony to support your continued care for your niece.
Joseph Jaap's answer As the unwed mother, you have sole legal custody of your child. You decide who gets to spend time with your child, or not. The father must go to court and prove paternity with DNA, and the court will then consider granting him visiting time, if he is proven to be the father. The court determines what is in the best interest of the child for father's visits, based on all the evidence presented to the court at a hearing that you and he attend. For a newborn, the court might grant a father...
Joseph Jaap's answer The terms used in Ohio are "residential parent" and "non-residential parent." The term "custody" can cause confusion. Which rights the "residential parent" has, and which rights the "non-residential parent" has, are specified in the parenting agreement and in the court's order approving and incorporating the parenting agreement. If there are questions about the extent each parent's respective rights, use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local family law attorney.
Joseph Jaap's answer Some courts or local law schools have legal clinics with volunteers to answer questions. Otherwise, it is prudent to retain a local family law attorney to assist you. If the documents are not done properly, or you fail to include something, it can be difficult or impossible to fix later. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney to advise you.
Joseph Jaap's answer The father would first have to prove paternity with a DNA test, and then file in court seeking parental rights. The court will decide what is in the best interest of the baby. It could grant father rights, but with an infant, it would only be short amounts of time at first. And you should then apply for him to start paying child support. Until the court grants father any rights, mother is the sole custodian, and makes all decisions, and does not have to let anyone else see the infant. Use...
Joseph Jaap's answer You must provide whatever legal documentation that the school district requires for registration. And without proper legal documentation of temporary custody, medical treatment could also be a problem for her.
Joseph Jaap's answer Use the Find a Lawyer tab to contact local family law attorneys and find one who can work with you. The court must decide what is in the best interest of your son, based on testimony and evidence presented to the court at the hearing. A lot will depend on what your mother says to the court about you and your current situation. The unpaid child support is a separate issue. You can contact the local child support office to have them try to collect it, and you can file with the court to have...
Joseph Jaap's answer She should use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult with a NC family law attorney. If she moves to OH, until she establishes residency in OH (which requires 6 months), NC will retain jurisdiction if her spouse files for divorce in NC, and a NC court can require the return of the child to NC. If she is a victim of abuse, she can file a report with the police and file for a protection order. She can discuss all that with her NC attorney.
Joseph Jaap's answer If the order says it is your time, then you have to find arrangements, just as a single parent would. The order probably says the other parent gets first shot if you can't, but is not required to watch them if you can't. You might have to hire a professional sitter.
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