How to Navigate Shared Parenting: Communication Tips & Strategies

Most judges favor custody arrangements that maximize a child’s contact with both parents. Overall the guide is always the “best interests of the child”, but barring situations of neglect or abuse, chances are you will be sharing custody with your ex in some form. Do you wonder how you will communicate about parenting when you couldn’t communicate during the marriage? Child custody agreements … [Read more...]

Child Support Q and A

Child support can be a very complicated area. While the state formulas can churn out numbers for the actual monthly payments, there are a lot of other issues that aren’t so black and white. It’s good to talk to your lawyer up front about the range of child support concerns that might develop in your situation. Depending on the age of your children, any specific plans you have for their schooling, … [Read more...]

Financial information important when divorcing in Summit County

If you have filed a complaint for divorce in Summit County (Ohio), or if you are the party against whom a divorce complaint has been filed, financial information supplied to the court and the other party will be a critically important part of the process. Do not misconstrue the previous statement to mean that money is the number one concern in a divorce.If you are undergoing a divorce, … [Read more...]

“Dual arrests” in domestic violence may hurt victims; New laws help with possible consequences

Police across the country have been making more arrests in domestic violence cases where BOTH parties wind up being arrested. In Ohio, these arrests are termed "dual arrests." A high number of "dual arrests" were being reported in the state of Connecticut, particularly in the past two years. The figure more than doubled the national average (NBC Connecticut Feb. 13, 2018). As a result, … [Read more...]

Tax Reform And Spousal Support: What You Need to Know in Ohio

If you are currently involved in a divorce or thinking about one, and a possible issue between you and your partner is likely to be spousal support (“alimony”), pay close attention to the new federal law on the subject. Here’s why. Due to the tax reform measures which Congress passed on Dec. 22, 2017 the laws concerning spousal support have changed. One Ohio attorney described it as “one of … [Read more...]

Grandparents’ Rights in Ohio Explained – Visitation and Custody

Grandparents often develop natural affinity with their grandchildren, even taking on vital duties in the grandchild’s life. This relationship may, however, undergo a change when one parent passes away, or when the grandchild’s parents obtain a divorce. In some cases, the father or mother who is awarded the child’s custody may try to curtail or even entirely deny any visit by the parents of … [Read more...]

Keeping grandchildren from their grandparents

Today, approximately 2.7 million grandchildren in the U.S. are living with their grandparents. The relationship between parents and grandparents and grandparents and grandchildren in this country is a diverse one. Some grandparents have been told they are not permitted to see their grandchildren. The latter group of grandchildren is generally in the custody of one of their parents (“the custodial … [Read more...]

Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren

It’s all over the television news and in the newspapers - grandparents are taking on more and more responsibilities for their grandchildren as there seems to be an increase in drug use and parents can’t or won’t take care of their children. Divorce can be a factor as well and both parents working many hours can take a toll on their children and many times the children’s grandparents either want … [Read more...]

Opioid Epidemic in Ohio Forcing More Grandparents To Raise Their Grandchildren

Caring for their grandchildren on a full-time basis is not what many people envision for their golden years but a growing number of grandparents across the United States are doing just that. According to recent U.S. Census data, an estimated 5 million grandparents are raising their grandchildren. A statistic that has more than doubled in the last 15 years.  The number of grandparents who are being … [Read more...]

Living Arrangements During an Ohio Divorce or Dissolution

Reasons Not To Move Out The first piece of advice I give to a person seeking consult about an Ohio divorce or dissolution with children is, “Do not move out”. If a divorce is filed by either you or your spouse, it is likely that temporary orders have or will be requested. A temporary orders hearing serves the purpose of determining how the parties are to act with and around one another, what … [Read more...]

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