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Helping those seeking to modify child support orders in Ohio

When parents in Dublin divorce, they have still have accept the fact that despite the fact they are no longer married, they will still be connected to each other as they work together to raise their child. This means following their court ordered child custody and visitation plan, not speaking ill of their ex and attending important events in the child's life together.

Oftentimes the initial court order for child support and visitation works well for quite a while. However, as a child ages, their needs change. The needs of a toddler are very different than the needs of an eight-year-old, and the needs of an eight-year-old are very different than the needs of a teenager. When such changes occur, parents may find that their initial child support and visitation order is no longer meeting their needs or the needs of their child.

What does it mean to be legally separated?

Sometimes, before getting divorced, a married couple in Dublin will live apart from one another before the divorce is finalized. They may consider themselves to be separated during that time, but what rights does that entail?

It is important to note that a spouse's rights differ under Ohio family law if they are merely living apart, are legally separated or are divorced.

Make sure your vacation plans align with your child custody order

Taking a road trip, going camping or flying to a vacation destination is a part of many families' summer traditions. When parents divorce, however, they may want to continue these traditions, albeit without their ex-spouse. However, parents in Ohio who are divorced generally cannot just take their children on an extended vacation without taking certain steps. If they do, they could find themselves in a courtroom being accused of child custody interference.

First, when executing a child custody and visitation schedule during the divorce process, put specific plans for taking vacations in the schedule. Parents might agree not to take the child to certain locations, such as abroad, or there may be limits on how long trips can last. In addition, many child custody agreements include notification requirements, so that a trip isn't sprung on a parent last-minute. A detailed child custody and visitation schedule can allow both parents to reach an agreement on how vacations will work in the summer and the document, once signed off by a judge, can be legally enforceable.

Does a second marriage affect child support?

Going through a divorce may make you hesitant to wed again. However, through a series of events, you may find yourself staring down the aisle towards a new spouse.

Before taking those steps, you may want to see if saying "I do" will result in a change to your current child support order. Whether you receive child support or pay it, knowing how Ohio laws govern a new marriage in advance may help you prepare for any changes.

Co-parenting can benefit children in Ohio after a divorce

When married parents in Ohio are constantly fighting, this can have a negative affect on their child's well-being. For these families, sometimes divorce is a good option. However, parents going through a divorce will remain that -- parents -- even after the final divorce decree is signed. This means that they remain tied to one another through their child, who they must continue to raise together at least to some extent.

Whether parents share joint custody, or whether one parent has custody and the other parent has visitation with the child, co-parenting may be a way for them to raise their child in a healthy manner. Co-parenting is simply the term used when parents cooperate and communicate regularly to raise their child together, even though they are not married anymore. They will make compromises to further the best interests of their child.

How can trusts benefit single parents?

Parents in Dublin generally want to provide for their children, so it makes sense that when executing a will or trust they will name their children as their heirs. This is true whether the parent is part of a married couple or whether the parent is raising their child on their own.

However, there are certain estate planning considerations single parents should be aware of, to ensure their estate plan meets both their needs and the needs of their children.

Faith-based legislation may prevent some from adopting

Ohio residents may be aware that they have certain rights when it comes to avoiding the detrimental effects of discrimination. For example, the color of their skin or the religion they choose to follow may not be used as grounds to deny them a home or a promotion at work. These and other important rights exist in other contexts, but for some who hope to adopt children it may feel as though discrimination is at work.

That is because some states throughout the nation permit foster and adoption agencies to exclude prospective parents based on their faiths. These organizations claim that they have deeply held religious beliefs that may be violated if they allow individuals from outside of their faiths to benefit. In some cases, these denials fall upon same-sex couples, whose lifestyles may contradict the tenants of faith-based organizations.

How are child custody decisions made?

When confronted with a pending divorce or separation from one's partner, an Ohio parent may have concerns about how best to approach the sensitive topic of child custody. The best interests of the children affected by child custody decisions guides how those determinations are made, and to establish best interests for a child many factors must be considered. This post will touch on some of the issues that may be relevant to individual child custody matters.

One of the biggest considerations that courts may assess is the health of both the child and their parents. A child with special medical needs may require a caregiver who is available throughout the day and this may be difficult for a parent who works in a full-time job. Similarly, if a parent struggles with mental illness or is unable to provide care to their child, the child's interests may be better served if they are placed with their other parent.

Dividing up property during an Ohio divorce

Anyone who has ever had to relocate and move their household to a new location can attest to the fact that individuals can acquire and accumulate "stuff" at an alarming rate. When an Ohio resident gets married and has children, that process can accelerate as there are more people in their household who are getting and keeping items of property. In the event that a marital partnership breaks down and heads to divorce, the parties may be forced to identify and distribute all of their property between them so that they can move their lives forward separately.

Property division is an important element of divorce and, in Ohio, this process follows the rules of equitable distribution. When property is "equitably" distributed it is not necessarily "equally" distributed. Instead, courts weigh many factors to determine what type of distribution would be fair for couples. Factors that may be considered are: how long the marriages lasted; what needs that the parties may have after they divorce; and the debts the parties may carry out of their divorces.

Reasons to avoid a DIY divorce

It works in every divorcing couple's best interest to have an attorney handle the minutiae of a divorce. Lawyers understand the law fully and will help you and your former spouse come to a more amicable agreement on everything from alimony to the parenting arrangement. 

It costs quite a bit of money to divorce. A lot of people think they can save by forgoing an attorney and doing everything on their own. This is a surefire way to end up with an arrangement that does a disservice to you and the time you spent in the marriage. It is in your best interest to have some legal assistance to help you through the divorce proceedings. 

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