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Deceased rapper's sister files child custody petition

Rap music fans in Ohio and beyond were shocked by the sudden death of Nipsey Hussle in March of this year. The rap artist also owned a clothing store on the West Coast and was gunned down in front of it. He was the father of a 2-year-old child from one woman but also had a 10-year-old child with another. A child custody case regarding the older child has been filed in court by the child's aunt.

Hussle's sister has told the court that she believes she should be granted legal guardianship of her niece. She has accused the biological mother of her niece of being unfit to parent. When a person makes such a claim, it must be backed up with compelling evidence.

Early neutral evaluations can help resolve disputes

When a case is filed in court, an early neutral evaluation may take place. This is when the case is referred to an expert, typically an attorney, who then provides their opinion on the dispute in a fair, unbiased manner.

During this process, the attorney looks at either submitted, written content or talks to the other parties directly. That expert then decides what each side's weaknesses and strengths are, assessing the likely outcome if they were to go to trial. This early neutral evaluation can be important for some cases, since it helps both parties decide if going to trial is going to end in the way they expect.

Married and unmarried people can encounter child custody problems

When you think of parental rights issues, you may automatically also think of divorce. It is a fact that many Ohio divorce situations include child custody disagreements. However, it is also true that many unmarried parents run into legal problems where their children are concerned; for instance, with a child's other parent or with a biological grandparent.

Trying to resolve disagreements about your children may naturally evoke strong emotions. Problems can get out of hand if emotions lead to angry outbursts and/or threats. This is why many parents think it is best to quickly reach out for experienced legal guidance and support rather than try to handle things on their own.

Child custody: Brad Fiorenza accuses ex of parental alienation

Ohio fans of "The Challenge" are likely familiar with contestant Brad Fiorenza. Those who follow him on Twitter may also be aware that he has accused his ex of playing dirty in a child custody situation. In fact, he claims she is guilty of parental alienation regarding his two sons. 

Fiorenza has made several posts online that suggest he is not happy about his current custody arrangement with the boys' mother. He said she moved his sons out of state and he only gets to see them for approximately one hour per week. The reality TV star also accused his ex of deliberately painting him in a poor light to his children and telling them falsehoods so they will not like him.

Divorce can get messy if a spouse is hiding assets

Any number of legal issues can arise when an Ohio couple decides to end their marriage. Divorce can be challenging, both emotionally and financially. The latter is especially true if both sides are not playing fair when it comes to disclosing assets and liabilities.

Sometimes, one spouse tries to hide assets from the other. This is a big problem in many divorces, one that often causes contention between spouses. It's also illegal.

Divorce need not ruin a parent-child relationship

Most Ohio parents can relate to trying situations involving their children. Especially where teenagers are concerned, parent-child relationships can really be put to the test. Divorce often exacerbates such challenges. However, parents can be proactive and work to help maintain close bonds with their kids, even if they no longer live in the same household.

The way parents treat each other has a tremendous effect on how children relate to their parents. If one parent is always dissing the other, the kids may not want to spend much time with the one who's bad-mouthing the other. Since a noncustodial parent is already likely spending less time with his or her children than the custodial parent, it is a good idea to speak positively and to show respect for the other parent, as this will show the children involved that their best interests are the highest priority.

When will your Ohio child support obligations end?

If you recently divorced in Ohio and your spouse has primary or full custody of your children, it is likely that you have to pay child support. Child support is an obligation, not an option. The courts will take steps to enforce your child support obligations if you do not pay of your own volition.

Thankfully, there are limits to how much support the court can order and how long you will have to pay child support. Educating yourself about your rights as a parent paying support can help you make the best decisions regarding your legal situation and your finances.

Resolving child custody issues in Ohio

When Ohio parents decide to divorce, they often encounter numerous challenges related to co-parenting agreements. Child custody issues can spark highly emotionally charged disputes if parents disagree or simply refuse to cooperate to amicably devise a fair parenting agreement. Such situations often prompt litigation, wherein a family law judge is tasked with making decision the parents in question were unable to peacefully make for themselves.

Parents who want to avoid having to hash out their differences in court may be able to use an alternative dispute resolution process to do so. Such practices might include mediation or collaborative law arbitration. In both cases, parents maintain a good bit of control regarding what their future co-parenting arrangements will be. Once they've resolved all issues, they merely submit their proposed, agreed-upon plans to the court for approval.

Marital issues that often prompt Ohio spouses to divorce

Ohio is home to many residents who happen to be married. Some are newlyweds, while others have been with their spouses for decades. Regardless of the length of a marriage, there are several issues that often cause discord in marital relationships. In fact, many spouses who divorce say one or more of these issues were leading factors in their decisions to call it quits.

Most people enter marriage reasonably expecting fidelity. When a spouse has an affair, it can cause a lasting rift that proves insurmountable. Infidelity is a main factor in many divorces in this state and others. Some spouses say they both remained faithful to each other throughout their marriage but simply grew apart and found they really had nothing left in common, so they decided to go their separate ways.

Mediation: Often a means to a swifter, less-expensive divorce

When Ohio spouses determine that they are unable to resolve certain issues that have driven a wedge between them, they often file for divorce. Those who have children no doubt want to achieve a settlement that causes as little disruption and stress in their kids' lives as possible. This is why some spouses choose mediation rather than litigation to negotiate the terms of their divorce.

There are numerous potential benefits to mediating a divorce. It is typically less expensive than a litigated divorce and often takes much less time. Spouses understand ahead of time that they will not have an opportunity to appeal since it is irrelevant in a mediation process, which is based on agreed-upon, amicable discussions and cooperation between spouses. 

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