Ohio Family Law Blog

When child custody litigation is necessary

It is not uncommon for Ohio parents to disagree about certain issues regarding their children. In fact, most married couples can relate to having to discuss, negotiate and compromise when it comes to differences of opinion as to their children's best interests. In cases of divorce, disagreements often have to do with child custody. Sometimes, parents are able to amicably resolve their differences to create a solid co-parenting plan; if that is not possible, then litigation might be necessary.

When the court is asked to intervene, the judge overseeing a particular case becomes the decision-maker. Once a ruling and court order is issued, both parents must fully adhere to the terms. In some cases, if a parent believes a ruling is unfair or that his or her parental rights have been violated in some way, he or she may appeal the decision.

What's the difference between a divorce and dissolution in Ohio?

You can decide you need a divorce for many reasons. Ohio laws allow for people to divorce for reasons ranging from incarceration and substance abuse to simple incompatibility, as long as neither spouse objects to that claim. If you know that an end to your marriage is inevitable at this point, you will likely want to know what options you have for going through this difficult process.

Many people assume that the only choice available is a court-based divorce and all the expenses and turmoil that go with it. However, Ohio also allows for spouses to file for the dissolution of their marriage. Dissolution is a slightly different process, which may be an option for you and your ex if you can agree on terms for ending your marriage.

Child custody problems not over yet for Jenelle Evans

When an Ohio judge rules that children from a particular household should be removed from their home, he or she also makes a decision as to where and with whom said children should live. The court always has kids' best interests in mind when making child custody decisions. However, the adults involved in such cases are not always happy with the outcome.

Reality TV star Jenelle Evans and her current spouse, David Eason, recently lost custody of their children. Several of Evans's older children had already been living with their maternal grandmother by order of the court. The judge's most recent decision, which involved removing custody of her 2-year-old child, as well as her husband's 11-year-old daughter, came about after Eason reportedly killed Evans's dog, claiming that the animal had bitten one of the kids.

Finding a new normal, after divorce

No matter what types of issues may have arisen, soon-to-be exes often encounter challenges as they head to court. Like all good parents in Ohio, those with children want to keep their kids' best interests in the forefront. It is not uncommon for parents or children to have a bit of trouble adjusting to a post-divorce lifestyle. This may be especially true if divorce follows a marriage that lasted 10 years or more.

Even if spouses are not parting on very good terms, they can be caught off-guard by unexpected feelings of sadness. Many post-divorce spouses say they experienced grief, as though they were in mourning. It's better to  work through these feelings than to ignore them, which can linger and lead to depression if left unaddressed.

Mediation: It might be the answer you're looking for

When an Ohio married couple decides to divorce, they must resolve numerous issues before they can go their separate ways and move on in life. Many spouses worry about getting caught up in courtroom battles, perhaps costing them lots of money and causing much stress. Any spouse who wants to sever ties in as amicable a fashion as possible will want to consider mediation as a viable option.

Divorce need not always be thought of as a win or lose fight. In fact, if both parties are willing to cooperate and compromise as needed, it needn't be thought of as a fight at all. Spouses who have children together, for instance, can use mediation to help them achieve a settlement that keeps their kids' best interests in mind.

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.

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