Types of Custody Arrangements in a Divorce or Dissolution in Ohio
In Ohio, two types of custody are recognized: sole custody and shared parenting (“joint custody”). The difference between the two arrangements centers on the party or parties who have the right to the legal and physical control of a child.
Sole Custody v. Shared Parenting
Most have a general understanding of sole custody. When granted sole custody, one parent is primarily in control of making decisions for that child, such as medical decisions or where he/she will be enrolled in school. Unless there is a compelling reason to deny it, the other parent is generally afforded parenting time with the child(ren). Continue reading →
It is a fairly common storyline in movies and television dramas: “Scorned spouse hires attorney to take cheating partner to the cleaners!”
However, the reality of the situation is that most divorce courts could care less whether you or your spouse cheated. As difficult and distressing as it may be to deal with marital infidelity, it is often irrelevant to a divorce proceeding. Continue reading →
For lack of a better word, dower is an “automatic” right in and to certain property provided to a spouse in the property of the other spouse, especially in death. Property includes real property and money, choses in action [a right to sue], evidences of debt [a right to repayment, like under a promissory note], and other personal property. In Ohio, dower is statutory and is found under Ohio Revised Code Section 2103.01 through 2103.09. Continue reading →
Divorces can be extremely expensive. Your lawyer will more than likely require a retainer before starting work on your matter. Some people have lots of assets, but no liquidity. Some have little to no income or a spouse that has control of the finances. No matter what the scenario, it is important to meet with experienced domestic counsel to carefully review your circumstances and to advise you on the best course of action. Continue reading →
Making sure child support is calculated correctly and fairly should concern both parents. It is imperative that you have an experienced domestic relations lawyer to advise you on how child support is calculated and the outside factors that may increase or reduce a child support obligation.
In the State of Ohio, child support is calculated based on guidelines established by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The child support amount is calculated utilizing a form that is called the “Child Support Computation Worksheet”, which was designed by the Ohio legislature to ensure the consistency of child support orders and to make the calculation process more efficient. Continue reading →
The end of a marriage is typically a difficult time. During this tough time it is imperative that you have a compassionate, experienced domestic relations lawyer on your side to advise you on all your options and look out for your best interests.
So you’ve made the decision to end your marriage. Now what? In addition to the obvious emotional stress associated with such a decision, there are the questions of what legal steps need to be taken. In Ohio, there are four ways to legally end a marriage: 1) contested divorce; 2) uncontested divorce; 2) dissolution; and 4) annulment. The following briefly discusses each of these options. Continue reading →