Family Law

Ohio Marriage Contracts

Ohio marriage contracts involves three parties: (1) you; (2) your spouse; and (3) the State of Ohio.  Marriage is a legal contract with rights and obligations.  Of course, marriage is not just a cold legal concept—marriage is a spiritual and personal relationship between two people.  The obligations of marriage: mutual[…]

Private Health Insurance Affects Child Support

There are a number of factors that are used in calculating child support.  Private health insurance affects child support.  The parent who pays for the health insurance for the children gets credit for it in the child support calculation.  However, the parent is only entitled to credit for the marginal[…]

Ohio Divorce Property Divisions

This article will discuss Ohio divorce property divisions.  Property can be real property, otherwise known as real estate.  Property can also be personal property, which includes cash, financial and retirement accounts, vehicles, and household goods.  Ohio Divorce Property Divisions Factors  Under Ohio law, there are nine factors that guide Ohio[…]

Ohio Domestic Relations Courts Divide Retirement Plans

Ohio domestic relations courts divide retirement plans, starting with the divorce decree.  First, the domestic relations court must determine who is entitled to what portion of retirement benefits.  Retirement benefits accumulated during the marriage are marital assets, and must be divided as part of an equitable division of property.  Equitable[…]

Ohio Parents Get School Records

Ohio parents get school records, even if the parent is not the custodial parent of the children.  Both parents have the right to access their child’s school records.  The schools generally recognize the right of the legal custodian and residential parent’s access to school records.  However, some schools may not always[…]

When Child Support Stops

When child support stops, it means one of the statutory factors have come into play.  Ohio law determines when child support stops, as follows:    The child is no longer attending high school upon turning eighteen years old. The child stops attending high school after turning eighteen years old. The[…]

UnMarried Couples Property Division

Couples who are living together do not have the same rights to division of property as married couples.  Unmarried couples property division is very different than married couples property division.  Ohio recognizes that marriage entitles a couple to certain property rights, leaving non-marital relationships to use other Ohio law provisions.[…]

Military Child Custody Divorce

Military child custody divorce cases often make their way into Ohio courts.  The military has unique income structures.  Further, constant moving within the military can bring up residency issues, which, in turn, raises jurisdictional issues. Income Issues In Military Child Custody Divorce Cases  The military distributes income in many ways.  While[…]

Private Health Insurance Affects Child Support

There are a number of factors that are used in calculating child support.  Private health insurance affects child support.  The parent who pays for the health insurance for the children gets credit for it in the child support calculation.  However, the parent is only entitled to credit for the marginal[…]

Legal Custodian Rights In Children Services Cases

Recently, the Ninth District Court of Appeals determined legal custodian rights in children services cases.  When a children services agency files a complaint against a legal custodian that can lead to temporary or permanent custody, the legal custodian has many of the same rights afforded to parents.  No Initial Rights For Legal[…]