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Category Archives: Divorce

Ohio Mother Listed on Birth Certificate Might Lose Parental Rights as Same-Sex Marriage Ends

When both members of a married couple are listed as parents on a child’s birth certificate, it seems self-evident that both will retain parenting rights even if they divorce. A Warren County woman who has shared in the raising of a young boy since he was born in 2017 is learning that this might not […]

Dissolution vs. Divorce in Ohio: What Are the Pros and Cons?

Married couples in Ohio who are considering a breakup have two legal options: divorce or dissolution. While both result in ending the marriage, the processes are very different. There are benefits and drawbacks to each, which depend on the particular circumstances of the couple involved. Dissolution is a more amicable, less time-consuming and less expensive […]

What Are Distributive Awards in Ohio Divorces?

Dividing property in a divorce — which is formally known as equitable distribution — generally applies only to marital property, which means assets acquired by either spouse during the marriage. However, there are circumstances when an Ohio court may order transfer of separately owned property from one spouse to the other. This is called a […]

Can Child Support Be Modified After a Firing for an Inappropriate Comment?

Child support in Ohio is based, in part, on each parent’s income. Of course, an unexpected firing or decrease in work hours can sharply reduce the amount of money that a parent is earning. In these cases, state law allows for modifications to be made based on a parent’s involuntary unemployment or underemployment. However, disputes […]

Gray Divorce Can Take a Financial Toll on Women

Over the past couple of decades, one of the most significant family law trends has been the phenomenon of gray divorce. This term is used to describe the phenomenon where middle-aged spouses, who might have been married for 20 years or more, decide to go their separate ways. In many cases, these breakups seem simple […]

Ohio Bill Would Create Presumption in Favor of Equal Shared Parenting

Traditionally, divorce courts have favored granting child custody to only one parent, giving them most of the parenting time with their children and, often, exclusive right to make decisions for the children, leaving the other parent with only scheduled visitations. The result is often that the children fail to maintain close relationships with the non-custodial […]

Who Gets the Stimulus Check When Spouses Are Separated or Divorcing?

Going through a divorce is stressful enough, but the coronavirus pandemic spreading throughout the United States presents additional complications for spouses who have decided to split. In addition to changes that might need to be made regarding custody and visitation arrangements while travel is restricted, negotiations over property division need to address any new economic […]