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Ohio Restraining Orders

DIFFICULTY: Legal assistance is required Initial Filing Fee: $0 Ohio has two basic types of restraining orders: standard restraining orders and criminal protection orders (also known as CPOs). A restraining order is issued by a domestic relations court and is used in cases of divorce or legal separation when one of the spouses has been abusive to the other one. This type of order remains in effect until the divorce or legal separation is completed, at which point it terminates. Such orders are not enforced by the police, however, and it is the responsibility of the protected spouse and their …

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Ohio Child Custody

DIFFICULTY: Legal assistance may be required Initial Filing Fee: $100-$150 Ohio law states that when a child is born, custody automatically goes to the mother in all cases. If the mother is married to the father, then the custody is shared between the two of them. If the mother is unmarried, however, the custody remains with the mother alone and the father must apply for joint custody of the child. Grandparents are allowed to act as guardians in place of a minor child who has a child of their own, i.e. in the interest of their grandchild. They are not, …

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Ohio Adoption

DIFFICULTY: Legal assistance is required Initial Filing Fee: $0 In Ohio, adoption is a two-step process. First, the legal obligations and rights of the biological parents towards a child are terminated. Second, the rights and obligations of the adoptive parents are established and formalized. There are three forms of adoption according to Ohio state law: adoption through public agencies, adoption through private agencies, and private adoption by relative caregivers (such as stepparents or grandparents). While the first of these options provides state guidance, as the public agencies work with adoptive parents to complete the process, the private adoption options require …

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New York Adoption

DIFFICULTY: Legal assistance is required Initial Filing Fee: $0 to $20 Complete a Petition for Adoption (Private Placement) Form 1C. This form provides basic information about you, the adopter; the prospective adoptee; and your attorney’s name. Your attorney will assist you in understanding the fine points of the proceeding, which may require you to file a New York and FBI background check, as well as a marriage record if one exists. Below is the link for the Petition for Adoption (Private Placement) Form 1C. Step 1: Form Completion   • Petition for Adoption (Private Placement) Form 1C Step 2: Filing …

California Adoption

DIFFICULTY: Legal help may be required Initial Filing Fee: $20 per child California adoption procedures differ depending on the specific type of adoption you are pursuing. There are stepparent/domestic partner adoptions, agency adoptions, international adoptions and adoptions of American Indian children. For any adoption, you must fill out 3 principle forms: the Adoption Request – informs the court and the child’s legal guardians of your intent to adopt, Adoption Agreement – signifies that the adopting parent, and their domestic partner if applicable, agree to take care of the child , and Adoption Order – signed by the judge to signify …

California Child Custody

DIFFICULTY: Legal help required Child custody and child support disputes can arise from number of situations. They can occur out of new marriages or partnerships forming or old ones dissolving. They can occur if one parent moves, changes jobs or is faced with legal problems. Whatever the cause, if you are looking to reach a resolution regarding the custody and support of your child, your first step should be to contact an attorney with experience in family law. While these cases should not be tried without legal counsel, it does help to be familiar with the procedure. In some cases, …

California Civil Court

DIFFICULTY: Legal help required Initial Filing Fee: $370-$435 In California, general civil court cases are those which do not fall under a more specific category, such as the case with divorce or small claims court. Civil court cases are used when one party wants to take legal action against another and is seeking damages of more than $10,000 (the highest amount one can seek in small claims court). Because civil court cases cover such a wide range of subjects, it is highly recommended that you seek legal counsel to help organize your specific case. A qualified attorney can help you …

California Divorce

DIFFICULTY: Legal Help Required Initial Filing Fee: $435 Divorce is never a simple process. Even the most mutual dissolution of marriage involves lots of paperwork. All divorces start with a petition for divorce. Once this initial form is filed, there is a lengthy back and forth process, where each spouse is given the opportunity to respond to the other and provide as much relevant information about the divorce as possible. Depending on the level of cooperativeness, divorce can culminate in one of several different ways. In a divorce, the person who originally files for divorce is known as the petitioner …

California Restraining Order

DIFFICULTY: Legal help may be required Initial Filing Fee: $0 Restraining orders exist to help protect people from harassment, abuse and instances of violence. Filing a restraining order ensures that you are legally protected from contact with a person you fear may be abusive. There are 3 basic types of restraining orders: domestic violence – for orders against people who are currently or have previously been spouses, domestic partners, roommates, and for family members, civil harassment – for orders against anyone who doesn’t fall into the domestic category, and elder or dependent adult abuse – for orders where the abused …

California Small Claims Court

DIFFICULTY: Legal help may be required Initial Filing Fee: $30 to $75 Small Claims Court is used to settle minor cases involving a plaintiff and a defendant. The plaintiff is the person suing and the defendant is the person being sued. In California, small claims court can only be used if the plaintiff is pursuing a settlement of less than $5000 if the plaintiff is a business or less than $10,000 if the plaintiff is a person. In small claims court, neither the plaintiff nor the defendant may have legal counsel at the hearing. However, it is advisable to speak …