I agree with the other attorney, you really ought to have one of your own.
If you cannot afford a lawyer, (and even if you can), remember the court must consider a number of factors to determine the best interests of the child (a term of art among family courts).
I am attaching an article I wrote concerning all of the factors Ohio courts use. Though no one factor is all determinative, one that does often carry much weight is the question of who the primary care giver is.
The court in...
Read your county DR court local rules and have a look at R.C. 3109.04 which lists a number of factors for determining the "Best Interests of the child". I have attached a link to an article I wrote concerning child custody.
Also understand that under Ohio law, one seeking to change the custody of a child must surmount a two step process. First they must show by a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not) that there has been a change of circumstances surrounding the child (not...
You have several issues here one is procedural the other substantive.
Proceduraly, I am not sure how the court will permit you to proceed against her if you have no address to serve her with your motion to establish parental rights. She must receive notice of the hearing within specific time limits set by court rule, as a matter of due process.
As to the text messages, they are by themselves hearsey, if they are being used to prove the things they assert. You need to verify they were...
While the custody guidelines may be a bit different in your state, please see the following article I just authored on the Ohio support formula.
Regardless, you may certainly begin the process by contacting your local child support enforcment agency. A link to them is also provided below.
Good Luck and please indicate if you found this answer and / or the link(s) helpful.
I agree with the other lawyers who have answered this question. While the Court will certainly make him pay support, the court will also want to see some relationship established between the child and the father. In fashoning this parenting time the court may appoint a Guardian ad Litem to determine what kind of visitation is appropriate if the child has truly had no contact with the father over the course of the child's life to this date,
Again, this is a serious matter and you would do...
I agree with my colleagues and only would add that R.C. 3109.04 (F) lists several factors that a court must consider when making a "best interests of the child" determination. Among them are
(1)(h) Whether . . . any member of the household of either parent previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to any criminal offense involving any act that resulted in a child being an abused child or a neglected child; whether either parent, in a case in which a child has been adjudicated an...
You will need to contact the attorney who represented you and review the divorce decree. In Ohio the decree must specifically state that the court has jurisdiction to modify a spousal support award. Otherwise, by default it CANNOT change the order.
No, the conversation between the principal and the child was frankly odd but not illiegal. Moreover, the school informed you of the discussion.
As for classroom observations, they ought to be allowed. However, the fact that they weren't does not rise to a cause of action unless you can somehow connect an actual harm or damage that was caused by this refusal. You have not stated any. Were this a public school, I would advise you to write the superintendent. Parents have
the right to...