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 If mother is not there, then the court could reschedule the hearing, or the court could proceed with the hearing and decide what custody arrangement is in the best interest of the child, based on the evidence and testimony presented by the father. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney to review the circumstances and represent you.
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 The plan probably requires the parents to discuss things, and if they don't agree, then go to mediation. So talk to him about it. If that or mediation don't succeed, then either can file a motion to have the court decide.
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 An unmarried mother in Ohio is the sole legal custodian of her children, unless and until a court grants the biological father parental rights. So until then, the mother makes all decisions on who can see the children and when. But if the biological father files in court for parental rights, and the mother has been exposing the children to bad influences, the court can impose restrictions or even give custody to the father.
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 Are you paying child support? If not, and if you pursue this, you likely will have to start paying. You can file a motion with the court to have the mother held in contempt for not allowing the visitation. But you will have to locate her. If you cannot find her on your own, you can hire a private investigator.
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 Ohio law specifies the order in which family members share in property when there is no will. But the deed to his house might have had joint ownership and survivorship, or transfer on death provisions. If so, then those would control, and the house would not be subject to probate, and would transfer according to those instructions, not Ohio law for descent and distribution. Consult a local attorney where he lived to review the deed and any other documents recorded for the house and advise...
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 parenting order issued by the court must be followed until it modifies its order. If circumstances have now changed, then you can file with the court asking for a change to the order, and the court will evaluate all the facts, and determine what is in the best interest of the child, and whether to make any change. Review the current order, which might require mediation before going to court to ask for changes. You should have a discussion with your daughter to determine what are the...
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...
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