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Category Archives: Family Law

Consequences of Signing an Acknowledgement of Paternity at the Hospital

Under Ohio law, if a married couple has a baby, the husband is automatically referred to as the legal father of the child. However, if the couple is unmarried, the law does not presume the father’s identity. Instead, for a man to be acknowledged as the baby’s biological father, he must establish paternity. A failure […]

Parenting Time Cannot Be Stopped for Nonpayment of Child Support

It is understandable for parents to get frustrated and angry when a former partner falls behind on child support payments. However, a custodial parent may not withhold parenting time — the term the state of Ohio uses to refer to visitation — as a means of punishment or vengeance. Courts view child support and parenting […]

Tax Consequences of Earned Income Tax Credit and Dependent Exemptions

For divorced couples with children, it is important to understand the differences between the Earned Income Tax Credit and dependent exemptions. The general difference is that an exemption reduces your taxable income directly, while a credit reduces your tax liability. The dependent exemption allows you to exclude a certain amount of income from your taxable […]

Child Custody Issues When Parents Live in Different States

If you and your former partner live in different states after your separation or divorce, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) states that you both must file for custody in the state where the child lives. Federal law defines this as the state where the child has resided for the past six […]

Child Whose Parents Kept Her from One Another Disallowed from Visitation Hearing

It is an unfortunate fact that many divorced parents struggle with co-parenting their children. The Akron Beacon Journal recently reported on a court decision related to a custody battle between the two parents of a young girl. Subsequent to their divorce, both parents used international trips with their child to keep the other parent from […]

As an Unmarried Father, Can I Get Shared Custody in Ohio?

In March of this year, it was reported that almost half of first babies born in the US were born to unmarried mothers. In Ohio, when a child is born to an unmarried woman, state law grants her sole custody of the child at birth. This remains the case until the father proves paternity and […]

Relocation: The Basics for Custodial and Non-Custodial Parents

The Ohio family court allocates parents’ rights and responsibilities upon divorce according to the best interests of the children involved. In many cases, parents are granted shared custody of their minor children. Where a custodial parent wishes to relocate, a formal process must be followed to protect both the children’s interests and those of the […]

Child Support and your Special Needs Child

Most parents are legally bound to support their children financially until they reach the age of majority. In Ohio, this obligation extends until your children reach the age of 18 or until they complete high school up to the age of 19. However, parental support can end earlier if a child marries, joins the military […]

I May Be A Father – Can I Contest the Baby’s Adoption?

In recent months, legal and adoption experts have continued to lobby for a national registry protecting the rights of unmarried fathers in interstate adoption cases. In Ohio, prospective adopters take a baby home once the biological mother has signed surrender forms, as early as 72-hours after the birth. Theoretically, each parent has 30 days after […]

Legal Steps to Finalizing an Adoption In Ohio

Earlier this year, in an article quoting Adam Perlman, Executive Director of the pre-eminent Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, Reuters reported that over 50,000 children were adopted from within the country’s foster care system in the 2012 fiscal year. Once you have decided to adopt through a specific agency and have been approved as a […]


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