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Court rules kids need contact with both parents in celebrity case

This Ohio-based family law blog has discussed a number of topics related to child custody, paternity and the rights of parents to raise their kids in the wake of divorces and separations. Many of these topics turn on the important consideration of how children's needs and interests will be best served by the agreements and orders the courts approve for custody and support. Child custody agreements and orders can be changed, however, if circumstances warrant modifications for the benefit of the kids.

Child support and a parent's ability to pay

Recently a national news story may have reached the homes of Dublin residents that concerned a lawsuit between a man and his parents regarding his eviction from their home. The man is 30-years-old and had been living with his parents due to his allegedly impoverished financial situation. This individual is also a father and allegedly had been responsible for paying child support to his ex-partner on behalf of his 8-year-old son.

What is a post-decree modification?

When a couple in Ohio secures a divorce they emerge from the legal process with agreements or orders that have been approved by the presiding court. Those agreements or orders outline the terms of any responsibilities that the parties will continue to share into their post-divorce lives, such as matters related to spousal or child support, child custody or visitation. With court approval, those agreements or orders carry judicial weight and therefore possible sanctions if the parties fail to comply.

What child support enforcement penalties can Ohio parents face?

Child support is an important way for a non-custodial parent to maintain financial responsibility over the child and a significant way for a child who lives with only one of their parents to have the financial support they need to get by. However, it can become a serious legal matter when a parent stops pay court ordered child support.

Reasons that parental rights may be terminated

A person becomes responsible for their children by virtue of sharing their DNA with the kids and bringing them into the world. All across Ohio parents are working hard to make sure that their children receive the love and support they need to grow and thrive. Those are responsibilities that parents must meet in order to serve their children's best interests and their rights to keep their children in their homes are protected by their efforts to keep their kids safe.

Determining paternity and obtaining child support in Ohio

In the state of Ohio, a parent and child relationship is not defined by the marital status of the biological parents. It is instead defined as the existing legal relationship between the parent and child, regardless of marital status. This means that there is both a mother and child relationship as well as a father and child relationship.

Protection from Domestic Abuse in Ohio

Domestic violence or domestic abuse can be considered both a civil and a criminal matter. On the civil side, these types of matters will fall under the scope of family court, and can be handled by an attorney who practices family law. Many times, people do not realize this. They often begin immediately searching for a criminal attorney to help them obtain a temporary restraining order, not realizing that it is a civil matter from the start.

Family law: what are some benefits to postnuptial agreements?

While they certainly aren't romantic, prenuptial agreements are practical. They address the realistic possibility that one's marriage might not last and, should the couple divorce, they can make the divorce process run smoother as many important issues have already been agreed upon.

Family law encompasses a wide variety of issues

Some people in Ohio may think that attorneys who practice in family law only deal with divorces. They may be surprised to hear then that family law actually encompasses a wide variety of issues. Establishing paternity, establishing child custody and child support for unmarried parents, adoptions, legal separation and obtaining protection in instances of domestic abuse all fall under the umbrella of family law.

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