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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: my boyfriend and his ex have a son together. he is now 15 months old and i have been with him his entire life. help

i have been in his life and primarily the one taking care of him when it is his shared parenting time. my boyfriend and i broke up. the mother wants to sign her rights over to me but still wants the father to have his rights. is this possible?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 2, 2020

Yes, the father retains his parental rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Estate Planning, Family Law and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Ohio on
Q: Do i need permission from her parents/family to name my foundation after my late girlfriend

I live in Ohio and they live in California. Its for a non-profit and non-charitable, if thats a thing, foundation. It's to make changes, not money, for what people like her went through ex: wheel chair measurements and kidney failure sense birth

Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss answered on Jul 2, 2020

No. You do not need their permission. A person's name cannot be copyrighted or trademarked.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: My 16yr old niece runs away because of abuse. No one helps. Can i get emergency temp custody?

I'm her only other living blood kin. Hey fathers sister. She lives with mothers sister, has since she was 8, an both parents passed within 3 months of each other. She's claiming other aunt is abusive and continues to run away. Cops told me ill be arrested for helping her. What can i do?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 25, 2020

Contact local children's services, which can investigate the situation, and determine what to do about custody.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: I'm 17 but turning 18 this December my boyfriend is 18 and my mother wants to put a restraining order on him. I wanted

To know if she can do that. Or if I can remove the order when I turn 18

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 25, 2020

Yes, parents can take actions to restrict others from having contact with their children. Whether an order can be lifted when you are a 18, depends on what the order says.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: I am 16 my mom has been on drugs for years I can't stand to live with her anymore I want to live with my grandmother.

My grandmother loves me and would take good care of me what can we do

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 25, 2020

Your grandmother can contact children's services and discuss seeking temporary custody.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: My dad is charging my with false charges, CPS is getting called tomorrow, but I fear they won't listen again. Help?

My father is charging my with assault against him, for trying to defend myself against him attacking me. I have court this Wednesday. He refuses to let me get a lawyer, and I have no money to get my own. My mother did the same thing when I lived with her. She was beating me, the cops were called,... Read more »

Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss answered on Jun 23, 2020

You should request a public defender at your initial hearing after entering a plea of not guilty. You are entitled to representation in a criminal matter.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: If a father has visitations for 6 weeks out of the summer does he need to notify the mother where he has moved to?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 22, 2020

He must notify the court and the other parent of any change of address. If he does not, then that could be a basis for him not to have visitation. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney to review the situation and advise you.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: If i purchase an item as a minor with my own money can my mother keep it from me if I live in her household?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 22, 2020

Of course she can. Until you are 18, you are a minor. You live in her house, she's the parent, and she makes the rules.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: We are adopting our nieces baby when he is born in November. How do we go about doing this?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 22, 2020

Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney who handles adoptions to be sure that it is done properly.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Personal Injury and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: I am looking to consult with a local attorney in regards to a physical/sexual attack to my mom in a rehab ctr.

Another resident committed the attack, however, the facility didn't respond and react appropriately. I have removed my mother and setting up home health care/rehabilitation. She had complete shoulder replacement and had to fight this resident off of her. She has now had a set-back in her... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 15, 2020

An Ohio attorney could best advise, but your post remains open for two weeks. I'm very sorry for your mother's and your family's ordeal here. Reach out to Ohio attorneys; they won't contact you - this is only a Q & A board. You'll have to contact them. You can search... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: Is my husband entitled to share in the annual dividend income that I earn on pre-marital investments?

I have a non-comingled non-marital investment account which is a “separate” non-marital assets. Do the dividends and other earnings from non-marital assets remain solely mine after the divorce?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 15, 2020

If the court determines that the investments are your separate property, then those assets and any post-divorce income would remain your separate property after a divorce, but the court can consider them in determining division of other property and spousal support. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: My ex is residential parent. He wants to move 6 hours hour with our 6 year old. Can he do that?

He is currently homeless. So I have her all the time. He is going through a divorce with his current wife.

Sherry Pidala Esq
Sherry Pidala Esq answered on Jun 11, 2020

Most parenting issues are governed by the Parenting Plan that each parent executes. It is important to review that plan carefully, especially for provisions pertaining to moving, notice of an intended move or actual move, and parenting time. Depending upon a change of circumstances, you have the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Juvenile Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: In Ohio with my parent's permission is it possible for me to move into an apartment at 16 & have my dad sign the lease?

Basically with the situation I am now has made me start to look at apartments. When I get my car, I would like to move into an apartment by myself and have my father or mother sign the lease. Is it possible for me to do so legally?

Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Jun 9, 2020

The landlord will likely want a parent as a guarantor on the lease. Because you're a minor, you cannot legally enter into binding contracts, and without a parent/adult also on the lease as the responsible party, a landlord is unlikely to rent to a minor. A landlord may also be hesitant to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: I'm 15 years old and I want to go live with my sister due to reasons at home how would I go about that?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 8, 2020

Your parents would have to allow it, or your sister would have to file with the court to become your guardian. Talk to your parents and sister about it.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: My niece is 16 in Tennessee im in Ohio. She is with me and doesn't want to go home. What can we do to keep her?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 5, 2020

If you don't return her, her parents could begin legal action against you in TN, which could involve the police. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a TN family law attorney where they live to advise you if there is anything you can do to file for temporary custody there.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: My parents won’t let me see my child but I’m 16 and I have a job

I would be able to financially support myself. I want to spend time with my child but my parents won’t let me be a dad. If it was possible for me to get emancipated somehow I would live with my girlfriends parents. Is that a valid reason to get emancipated?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 4, 2020

No, Ohio does not allow emancipation in those circumstances. See this link for more information:

https://www.ohiobar.org/public-resources/commonly-asked-law-questions-results/family-relations/circumstances-say-whether-minors-are-emancipated/

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: If I had parental consent from the 17 year olds parents is it legal for us to be in an intimate relationship if i’m 21?

He has just recently graduated from highschool and is moved out of his parents but we are still concerned about charges being brought up on me.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 2, 2020

A 17 year old is a minor, and above the age of consent. If the parents don't disapprove, then there probably wouldn't be a problem, unless they change their mind. After age 18, no longer a minor.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: In ohio, is it legal for a 17 year old to be with a 21 year old?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 2, 2020

Maybe, depending on what they are doing. Until the 17 year old's parents get the police involved.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: My son is 17 and will be 18 in 4 months, he wants to move out. If I give him permission to move out is that allowed?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 1, 2020

Until he is 18, he cannot enter into legally enforceable contracts, like a lease, and parents are legally responsible for financial support until 18. If you give him permission to move out before 18, and he gets into trouble or causes damage, you could have some liability.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: I'm 18 and have adhd but employed can I legally move out of my parents house
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 1, 2020

At 18, you are an adult and can live where you want. But you also will have to get job, a place to live, provide your own car insurance, health insurance, etc. if your parents remove you from their policies.

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