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RECKLESS DOG OWNERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR DOGS

Dog owners can be found to be ‘reckless’ if 1) their dog is determined to be dangerous for killing another dog. And 2) If the dog is found running at large twice within 12 months.  This language amends the Animal Control Act.  It is no longer just the dog that is subject to the law. [...]

By | August 29th, 2018|Pets|0 Comments

INTENT TO ADOPT IS NOT THE SAME AS ADOPTION

  A same-sex partner, Jenny, filed a petition for visitation. The child was the child of her former partner. The parties had acted as co-parents of the child for approximately seven years.  Their romantic relationship ended two years after the child’s birth.  They continued to act as co-parents. Jenny claimed that she continued to maintain [...]

By | November 6th, 2017|Adoption|0 Comments

HOW DO YOU PROVE AN EQUITABLE ADOPTION? THERE WAS NO ACTUAL ADOPTION.

  Father filed in parentage court.  He wanted custody, visitation, and child support from Mother.  He said that he had adopted his former fiancee’s daughter, when he and fiancée were together.   She had adopted the orphan child from Slovakia. Father could not adopt then, as the parties were not married and he was not a [...]

By | August 30th, 2017|Adoption, Paternity|0 Comments

EQUITABLE PARENT DOCTRINE-IF YOU ARE NOT A PARENT BY ADOPTION OR BIRTH

The parties, James and Maria, lived together, and never married. Maria adopted a child, Scarlett. James had never formally adopted the child, but the parties had discussed it. The parties had lived together with the child for several years. They saw themselves as a legally-bound family unit. The parties broke up, and James went to [...]

By | March 15th, 2017|Adoption, Custody|0 Comments