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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.

Ohio couples looking to wed may also want to look at prenups

With all the romance weddings bring, it can be easy to have your head in the clouds, especially when you start to envision your future life with your partner. If this is the case, it may come as somewhat of a shock if your partner suggests entering into a prenuptial agreement before the wedding day arrives. After all, prenuptial agreements address the possibility of divorce, something that may seem unlikely at the time. However, the fact of the matter is that not every marriage is meant to last, so it is best for couples in Dublin, and elsewhere, to be prepared.

Legal separation may be preferred to divorce for some in Ohio

While every marriage has its ups and downs, sometimes arguments become so constant and unyielding that the core of the marriage begins to crumble. When spouses feel like they simply can no longer continue living as a married couple, they may think their only option is divorce. However, there are situations in which couples in Ohio who are facing a failing marriage may choose a legal separation rather than divorce.

How is property divided when spouses in Ohio divorce?

In Ohio, when a couple is going through a divorce, they will need to divide their marital property. Who gets the house? Who gets the automobile? What about furniture, appliances and electronics? Property division issues can be emotionally charged, so it is important that any decisions made are fair.

Can stepparents adopt their stepchildren?

According to data provided by Smart Stepfamilies, 40 percent of married couples in the United States are step-couples, meaning at least one partner has a child or children from a previous marriage or relationship. Naturally, over time, stepparents form a bond with their stepchildren, oftentimes considering themselves to be a parent despite the fact that the child may already have two natural parents.

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