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What role could prenups play in a divorce?

Before they have even celebrated their wedding days, some Ohio couples have made plans for how they will manage their property in the event that they divorce. Prenuptial agreements, sometimes referred to as prenups, are contracts that parties may enter into before they marry that outline how their financial responsibilities and property holdings will be dealt with in the event that their marriage does not last. Not everyone who marries will want a prenup but those who do enter into them should be aware of what will happen if they divorce with one in effect.

Helping clients fight for the spousal support they need

Not long ago, this family law blog posted an article on how individuals may seek to change the spousal support orders and agreements that govern their financial relationships with their former partners. It is generally the case that an Ohio couple will only be able to make such modifications if there is a special circumstance that justifies the change. If no change is warranted the agreement or order will continue to operate as executed.

Can courts deviate from the child support guidelines?

The Ohio child support guidelines provide family law courts with a mathematical computation for determining how much money parents should be obligated to pay in support of their kids. Many factors are considered when a court begins to evaluate the application of the guidelines to a family's legal case, including but not limited to the amount of money that each parent makes or could make if they were fully employed, the financial obligations the parents have to children not born of the marriage, and others.

Ohio recognizes grandparent visitation

A divorce can affect relationships beyond the one that is severed through the legal process. Connections between parents and kids can become strained, but so too can the more distant relationships between kids and their extended family members. For example, when parents go through a divorce and the kids are placed in the custody of just one of the parents, the grandparents on the other side of the family may find that their time with their beloved grandchildren is extremely limited.

Providing support for diverse family law needs

Although divorce is a relatively common legal occurrence in the courts of Ohio, our readers should be aware that each proceeding for the end of a marriage is unique. This is because every couple brings its own needs and expectations to the process, as well as the particular facts that made their marriage one-of-a-kind. For this reason, a divorce cannot be treated with a one-size-fits-all approach to representation. The parties should be recognized as individuals and provided with the support they need to address their distinct concerns.

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.

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