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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: My ex husband wants his girlfriend to watch our kids while he is at work during his summer visitation. Its 3 weeks.

We have standard visitation. I'm the residential and custodial guardian. He gets them every other weekend, every other holiday etc. I want them to spend the time with their dad but don't feel comfortable with her watching them alone for 3 weeks half of the day. Is there anything I can do?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 24, 2020

It depends on what your parenting agreement says about parenting time if the parent is not available. Check that agreement or talk to the attorney who handled your divorce.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: I'm 16 about to be 17 and i want to live with my cousin can i legally leave my moms house without her consent
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 24, 2020

No, you can't. You could be sent to juvenile detention, and your cousin can get in legal trouble. Talk to a teacher, school counselor, family member, or other trusted adult about your situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Q: If my 17 yr old son gets someone pregnant do I have to pay for the baby? She will be 18 in May. Muskingum county

They have been talking about wanting a baby I have done everything I can to keep them apart. But he sneaks out. If they get pregnant do I have to pay support for the baby? She will be 18 in May 2020 and he will be 18 in September 2020.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 24, 2020

Unless she is pregnant already, the baby would be born after both are 18, and no longer minors. She would pay medical expenses for the delivery, then she can file for him to pay child support until the child reaches age 18.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: I will be 18 in about two weeks, my mom is mentally, emotionally & physically abusive. Can I leave legally w/o her know

I have a family who would be willing to let me live with them bc they have known the long history of her abuse, and have encouraged me to leave. I graduate from High school in 3 months, is his even realistic for me to do? Can I do this legally and how can I keep her from bothering me or trying to... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 24, 2020

Talk to a teacher, school counselor, or other trusted adult about your situation. When you are 18, you are no longer a minor. If you leave, will you still have health insurance, car insurance, other support?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: I'm about to turn 16 can i legally leave my parents house without consent then come back

So my mom says she wants me out her house but when i leave she calls the police.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 21, 2020

You are your parents responsibility until you are 18. They can get in trouble if they kick you out, and you can get in trouble if you leave. Talk to a teacher, school counselor, or other trusted adult about your situation at home, or call local children's services.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: Hello! My ex and I were married in CT, lived in FL, he told me not to return to the house, I left and am homeless.

He still resides in FL, trying to figure out where to settle and my fiancee and I want to get married, trying to finalize our divorces but it's very difficult to do because of our situation with our exes. Can you help us?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 20, 2020

Your spouse is not your ex if your divorce has not been finalized. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local divorce attorney where your divorce case is pending to represent you to finalize it.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: My husband is dangerous. can i move with my children from ohio to west virginia and follow for divorce
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 18, 2020

Check the residency requirement in WV to be able to file a divorce there. You might have to be a WV resident for several months before you can file. Until then, Ohio retains jurisdiction, and your husband could file for divorce in OH, and the court could require you to return the children to him... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights and Social Security for Ohio on
Q: Is it illegal for my ex wife to keep my childrens social security numbers away from me if I'm supposed to claim one
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 18, 2020

Check your prior tax returns, which will list the children's SSN. You can get copies of prior returns from the IRS. If the divorce decree and separation agreement specified that you could claim as a dependent, and she doesn't provide the SSN, then you could file with the court to order her to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: My fiancee and I have split up and she is taking back every gift I was ever given, can she do this?

My fiancee and I split up due to a stupid choice on my part. She has taken back everything that was given to me as a gift during our relationship. We also have a truck that is in both of our names. I make the payments, but she wants it back.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 18, 2020

Unless a gift is conditioned on something, like getting married, then it belongs to the recipient. If the giver takes it back, the recipient can sue. With the truck, since both your names are on the title as owners, both of you have the legal right to drive it, but both of you are required to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Contracts for Ohio on
Q: Is there anything i can or should do if my ex husband forged my name on legal documents while we were married?

My name was forged releasing me from any claim to my husbands lawsuits. He had 2 and we were married at the time of both. I'm not sure if he has been compensated for either yet. I do know the names of the attorneys representing him in both suits.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 11, 2020

Talk to the attorney who represented you in your divorce, or use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney to review all the facts and advise you.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Probate for Ohio on
Q: My aunt passed in 2017 in nj I live in OH I was the executor and no assets why did I get a treasury bill for 300k?

My aunt passed in 2017 in NJ I live in Ohio and was the executor to the estate. She did not have any assets other than a trailer that was sold and used to pay bills. 3 years later I get a bill from the NJ treasurers for an inheritance tax of 300k plus penalty and late fees. I didn’t receive an... Read more »

Aaron Epling
Aaron Epling answered on Feb 10, 2020

You probably need to talk to an attorney. This could be a scam or a mistake. If its a mistake, then you need to make sure you take care of it before the IRS begins to collect on your assets.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: My sister and her husband are to me abusing there kids but im not sure i can do anything about it what should i do

they not changing them they arent feeding them when the should bathing them. they are smacking them for no reason keeping them locked up all day in the bedroom puting them to bed as soon as they come through the do no matter the time and i just found out the are doing coke and theres a photo of the... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 10, 2020

Contact children's services. They will investigate the situation and could remove the children from the home if they confirm those problems. They could then let you take care of the children if you are willing.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: Can a 17 year old live on there own in the State Of Ohio?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 10, 2020

Not without the permission of both parents.

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: I recently found out who my biological father is and he is elderly and in a home. The family wont let me see him

he doesn't have any children (other than me)and his brother is the POA of his estate. What rights do I have to look after my father or even meet him.

Anthony C. Satariano
Anthony C. Satariano answered on Feb 7, 2020

Unfortunately, the short answer is none. Everyone in the described fact pattern is an adult, meaning they can freely decide who they interact with. You do not have a protected "right" to meet him. While normally you may be given some say in his medical care as his only biological child, he has a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Support and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: So I'm 16, I was wondering if I could legally move in with my boyfriend and his parents

Without the consent of my parents if it was ok with his parents, I wouldn't be in any danger, and my parents don't know him or his family, but I know his family is good people

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 6, 2020

Of course you can't. You could get in trouble, and his parents could get in trouble.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: If I am 16 and get consent from my guardian can I move in with my gf

I understand that if I’m told to go back home I have to no matter what and that they can call the police but other than that are there any other problems with it?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 4, 2020

Are you asking if there are more problems other than having the police come get you? Isn't that enough of a problem? But yes, there are other problems. You could go to juvenile detention. And depending on the facts, the guardian might be removed as your guardian for allowing you to move in with... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: I pay child support and my daughters mom up and left to florida . my daughter was born in ohio. What can i do?

She refuses to let me contact her overall but its been a year in a half that shes been gone. My daughter is now 7 how can i get my rights for visitation without having to go to florida

Anthony C. Satariano
Anthony C. Satariano answered on Jan 28, 2020

To get visitation or parental rights related to your daughter, it will depend on how your child support obligation was created. If she went through CSEA directly to get a child support obligation set up (i.e. the administrative process, not in a court), then unfortunately you will almost certainly... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: If I'm a few months away from being 18 and I "runaway" could I get in trouble & or removed from the place I am staying?

I check in with my parents daily, I do my online classes, and I'm starting a job. They know I'm safe but they'd rather have me home. I'm not abused or anything it's just difficult being there.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jan 27, 2020

You could get in trouble and go to juvenile detention, and your parents could get the people you are staying with in trouble also. Talk about it with your parents, with a teacher, school counselor, or other trusted adult.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: My nephew is 16 being abused, how can he become emancipated?

My niece an nephews were taken from their mother a few years ago and custody was given to the grandparents of the younger two, but they took all four children. They get beat for not doing homework, chores, etc. they have been in trouble for missing school because they missed their bus and then the... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jan 24, 2020

Ohio does not allow emancipation in his situation. Here is a link to more information: https://www.ohiobar.org/public-resources/commonly-asked-law-questions-results/circumstances-say-whether-minors-are-emancipated/

But if you want to do something to rescue him from that bad situation, you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: 2/14/16 I married a Chinese national. She was ordered to leave the US on May 24th of 2018 and can not return.

It was discovered during immigration process that she had misrepresented information on her VISA application and can not get another VISA to return. Since there is no chance of her being able to return my only choice is a divorce. I need help.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jan 23, 2020

Use the Find a Lawyer tab to locate a local divorce attorney who can review the situation and advise you how best to proceed. You will be able to get the divorce, but the attorney will have to help you.

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