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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: my step daughter is 17 years old. will be 18 in 6 months. Her mother kicked her out, took her house key,

her car keys, her phone and put her, clothes in trash bags on the porch and said good luck. She has been living with her father and i for a month. Now is telling her she has to come home. my step daughter does not want to go back. there was never any "custody" papers ever done and yes her... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 21, 2021

Name on birth certificate does not matter. If the father and mother were never married, and no court ever granted parental rights to father, and did not issue a custody order, then the mother has legal custody. Mother could call the police to get daughter back, but mother could get in trouble for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Ohio on
Q: If my daughters biological dad hasn’t been in her life and is in prison for 5 years can my current boyfriend adopt her

Without his consent. He hasn’t been in her life at all hardly since she was born he has made threats and death threats to my family , his daughter and I

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 17, 2021

You and you boyfriend must get married before adoption is allowed.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: if I leave my mom & goto my grandma & tell mom I don't want to live with her can she call the cops for "kidnapping"
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on May 11, 2021

She can call the cops sure. But that's not kidnapping. However, you risk being adjudicated unruly or delinquent, and if your grandmother helps you, she could be charged with an offense called interference with custody. In other words, your mother has a legal right to custody and if you just up... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: Can I make my siblings contribute financially for parents housing?

My parents are on public assistance. They've lived with me or in my owned home for 20 years. My 2 siblings got married, had kids out of high school. I have an additional sibling (23 in school) living with them whom I supported as well. I put my life on hold 20 years ago to work to pay for... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 11, 2021

Children do not have a legal obligation to support their parents. But they often it do for moral and ethical reasons. Some siblings have more morals and ethics than others. If you buy a house, your siblings have no obligation to contribute toward your mortgage or to compensate you for the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: I am a female in a domestic partnership. My partner has a son and the father is unknown.

How would my partner go about establishing custody or be able to get custody papers? It isn't something we've encountered until this year. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on May 7, 2021

You can check with the putative father registry. You can find information here:

https://jfs.ohio.gov/pfr/

Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: My husband is terminally ill. He has begun to give out household items obtained during our marriage to family & friends

Several of these items I intended to keep or sell to pay off medical bills. Can he do this without my consent?

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on May 4, 2021

The short answer is, it depends. The devil is in the details unfortunately. For a definitive answer you will need to sit down with an attorney for a full case review where he or she can parse out the situation in detail.

Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: My brother David is brainwashing my father against me and my siblings.

I believe my brother has been stealing from my father for a long time and has been using me and my siblings for his patsy

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on May 4, 2021

I don't see a question here. If your father is infirm and/or mentally vulnerable you may want to get in contact with adult protective services. If he is stealing, contact law enforcement. For a full case review you will need to sit down with an attorney to review the facts in detail.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: My son's mother passed away March 12th 2021, I paid $420 for emergency custody .I was scheduled a zoom meeting on the

And my fiance at fibroids surgery the surgery took longer than expected so I missed that zoom meeting.I rescheduled another meeting I had some phone issues that were my fault.I received an email saying that the case has been dismissed without prejudice because of rule 53 and I believe rule 27 where... Read more »

Cathy Cook Esq
Cathy Cook Esq answered on Apr 20, 2021

You can refill but I would advise consulting with an attorney to assure you are doing it correctly.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: Do I need a lawyer from Ohio to represent me?

In the recent years my children have lived with their father as he has sole custody of them due to circumstances in my past. However, 3 years have passed and I am capable to take care of my children however their father seems unwilling to let me get custody. I am prepared to go to court but I... Read more »

Cathy Cook Esq
Cathy Cook Esq answered on Apr 20, 2021

Normally, you would file in the state where the divorce occurred. If that was Wisconsin, the father may get it moved to Ohio because that is where the children are and where any custody investigation should occur. If it was a state neither of you live in now, you file in Ohio where the children are.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: My husband left me and wants a seperation for now and wants to put all utilities in my name. I have been told not to

Let this happen. I need to know what to do from a legal standpoint so that I can protect myself. Thank you.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 19, 2021

There are too many things that you must consider than to try to get any useful information on the internet. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney who can review your specific situation, answer questions, and advise you of your options and how best to protect yourself,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: In Ohio can grandparents get custody of baby if unwed mother dies without notifying birth father?

Birth father not on birth certificate and has not established paternity at all. No child support has been established or paid. Would a will be needed? Would the court notify him if no paternity established?

Cathy Cook Esq
Cathy Cook Esq answered on Apr 17, 2021

Grandparents will need to file for guardianship in probate court. Father will have to be notified and may then file for custody.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Ohio on
Q: Does my husband have to pay child support if the child's mother went on Vacation to Puerto Rico and decided to stay?

My husbands children are 27 and 28 years old. When he was with the mother of the children she decided to go to Puerto Rico while she was pregnant and stayed there without his consent and had the child in Puerto Rico. He said he tried back then to establish child support and it was very difficult.... Read more »

Cathy Cook Esq
Cathy Cook Esq answered on Apr 16, 2021

Sounds like some entity is trying to collect support from him. You need to retain a local attorney to determine if the order is valid.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: Is there a way to have a previously filed motion corrected in Ohio

A non-attorney GAL filed a motion which incorrectly refers to a child victim in my case as the offender. She has made no effort to correct it. I was afraid to push the issue before her evaluation was finished. Now that it is, I want the record to be corrected. How do I ask the court for this?

Cathy Cook Esq
Cathy Cook Esq answered on Apr 16, 2021

Motions cannot be corrected. Only entries can.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: A man is helping his female friend get pregnant but doesn’t want to pay support (she agrees) what should be done prior

The “donor” doesn’t want to move forward until he gets something in writing saying she will never sue for support, what’s the best way to go about this?

Cathy Cook Esq
Cathy Cook Esq answered on Apr 14, 2021

You need to engage a local family law attorney to draft a contract to cover all aspects of this agreement.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: How can we know if a guardian ad liedum is doing a fair job or just collecting her fees?

My son is in a custody battle. The guardian ad liedeum seems to be believing everything the mother tells her. Even making my son get his house inspected for structural soundness because the mother said it not structural sound. Can his lawyer make much difference in his custody battle or is it all... Read more »

Cathy Cook Esq
Cathy Cook Esq answered on Apr 14, 2021

Your son should meet with his attorney to discuss his concerns and what can be done. If he is not satisfied with those answers, he should seek another opinion.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: I have a question my son and his girlfriend just had a baby and she is still married to her first husband and my son

Is the father but the hospital won’t let him sign the birth certificate is that a law in Ohio?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 14, 2021

Her husband is deemed by law to be the father until paternity testing proves otherwise.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: How do you get an abusive mother out of the household legally if you're the father but not married?

Need to know if as a father we have any standing or legal options to get custody of the kids and remove her from the property until court hearing.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 13, 2021

Follow the proper eviction process if she is not on a deed to the property. But the CCD moratorium until June 30, 2021, might apply to her to delay the eviction. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney to assist you. But if you are not married, and no court has granted... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: I fled my abusive partner with our daughter to pa. He hasnt seen her in +1 year. Can he file for custody? He cant in PA
Cathy Cook Esq
Cathy Cook Esq answered on Apr 12, 2021

If the child was conceived in Ohio, he could file here. You might be able to move the case to PA because that is where the child lives.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: DO I HAVE TO GIVE MY WIFE HALF OF MY INHERITED MONEY?

I HAVE INHERITED MONEY FROM MY MOTHER AND I HAVE THE ORIGINAL LETTER. MONEY IS IN AN IRA ACCOUNT AT FIDELITY. I HAVE SOLD STOCKS AND BOUGHT BETTER STOCKS. BUT ALL THE MONEY IS STILL THERE. MY WIFE'S NAME IS ON THE ACCOUNT BUT SHE WAS NEVER GIVEN THE PASSWORD. I CAN PROVE THE MONEY WAS GIVEN TO... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 12, 2021

If her name is on the account, then it makes it more problematic for you. You'll have to prove it is all inherited and trace all the funds. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local divorce attorney to review all the facts and advise you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: I’m 19,dad doesn’t support me at all except for the house. He wants to kick me out but I’m in college at home. Can he?

Please help... I just want to be able to live independently without him. I pay for food, drinking water, my phone,car,insurance, and college. Can he kick me out or are there any options I can use to benefit me. I’m struggling in this toxic household. I work so hard....

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 7, 2021

Yes, he can get you out. Parents do not have a duty of support when you reach age 18. If you do not have a written lease agreement, then the home's owner can give you written notice to vacate, and if you don't leave, can file an eviction. There currently is a CDC moratorium on... Read more »

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