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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 […]

What an Incarcerated Parent Needs to Know About Child Support and Visitation

All parents have rights and obligations to their children, even a parent who is incarcerated. Although complications may arise, it is still possible for the parent-child relationship to survive a prison term. An incarcerated parent needs to understand key aspects of child support obligations and visitation that could affect their situation. Child support payments If […]

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 […]

Life After Adoption: Strategies to Help New Parents Adjust

Adoption is a major life event that impacts on the lives and identities of both the adoptive parents and their child. The adoption process itself can be stressful, from decisions on which type of agency to use to how to respond to detailed home study questions. Once the initial difficulties are overcome and parents have […]

Five Steps to Making the Most of Single Fatherhood

There have been sweeping changes in recent years affecting divorced fathers and the time they spend with their children. Gone are the days of fathers seeing their children only on alternate weekends and vacations. In the last few decades, fathers have succeeded in securing increased involvement in parenting tasks after divorce, with shared decision-making over […]

Get Ready for the Meeting of Creditors

Declaring bankruptcy puts many debtors on a path to financial stability by clearing your debt and rebuilding your credit. The Bankruptcy Code, however, is complicated and some people get discouraged because the process can be difficult to understand and time consuming. Some aspects of the process, like the meeting of the creditors, may be intimidating […]

Where Divorce Meets Probate — Some Things to Consider

During the course of the divorce process, there are an overwhelming number of issues to resolve. Once the dust has settled — and it does eventually settle — there are some legal issues you must deal with. These include your will and other issues related to your estate plan. Many people either have no will […]

How to Get a Protection Order in Ohio

Last year’s heart-wrenching murder of 38-year-old Candace Roberts by her ex-husband outside her apartment in Grove City is a gruesome example of how volatile a person can be. This scenario is unfortunately familiar to the American public. Domestic violence is a pervasive societal ill and tends to increase when the economy is weak. There are […]

Elements of an Effective Parenting Plan

In the state of Ohio, there is a strong preference in the family court system that parents who are living apart nevertheless work together to form a parenting plan as a part of their divorce/dissolution.  The parenting plan includes agreeing on the details of the residence and financial support of their minor children.  The plan […]

How to Get Divorced in Ohio

If you are considering divorce, there are three options available to you in the state of Ohio. While technically you do not need an attorney to represent you in any of these scenarios, it is a good idea to seek counsel right from the outset so you are well informed of your rights and responsibilities. […]

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