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Joslyn v. Reynolds

Court of Appeals of Ohio
2001 Ohio 1416 (Ohio Ct. App. 2001)


Facts

Robert Joslyn (plaintiff) married Michelle Reynolds (defendant), who had three children from a previous marriage. Joslyn adopted Reynolds’s children. When Joslyn and Reynolds divorced, Joslyn was ordered to pay child support for Reynolds’s children. Joslyn filed a petition to vacate the adoption decree based on fraud. Specifically, Joslyn claimed that Reynolds had induced him to marry her solely so that he would care for and provide financial support for her children. Joslyn claimed that not long after he adopted her children, his relationship with Reynolds changed drastically, as Reynolds stopped caring for him and began having extramarital affairs. Reynolds filed a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim upon which relief could be granted. The trial court granted Reynolds’s motion. Joslyn appealed.

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