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Can You Modify a Parenting Plan Without Going to Court?

Whether you’re moving out of state or having a long-term change in your work schedule, you might wonder if you can modify a parenting plan without going to court. In Ohio, a shared parenting plan is always subject to modification. Since a parenting agreement is designed with the children’s best interests in mind, it is …
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What rights do fathers have if not on the birth certificate

What Rights Do Fathers Have if They’re Not on the Birth Certificate?

In the U.S., a birth certificate is a critical document used to prove citizenship, access a passport, get a driver’s license, or get married. The information on a birth certificate must be accurate and is legally binding. So, what does it mean if both parents’ names aren’t on a birth certificate? What rights do fathers …
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do prenups make couples more likely to divorce

Are Couples with Prenups More Likely to Divorce?

When you’re in wedding planning mode, divorce is the last thing on your mind. And rightfully so! However, if you and your future spouse are having conversations about a prenuptial agreement, you might have some negative feelings.  It can be easy to assume your significant other is doubting your relationship if they bring up the …
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Custody battle for children

How Can a Mother Lose a Custody Battle?

There is often a misconception that in divorce, the mother is automatically awarded custody of her children. But as Ohio laws have changed over the years, you might wonder how a mother can lose a custody battle for her children.  The goal of the Ohio court system is to ensure the safety and protection of …
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What Happens to a Family Trust in a Divorce?

If you’re in the midst of a divorce, you’re likely wrestling with many new challenges. While the emotional toll of your marriage ending is difficult enough, you also have to start navigating the distribution of marital and separate property, including a family trust, which can sometimes get messy. Regarding divorce, Ohio is considered an equitable …
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if I have sole custody do I have to allow visitation

If I Have Sole Custody, Do I Have to Allow Visitation?

Ohio Legislature has changed the laws over the years, and if you’re a parent going through a divorce or custody battle, it can sometimes be challenging to navigate. Ohio Legislature has removed the term “custody” from their language and now allocates “parental rights and responsibilities” for the care of any children involved in a custody …
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what is a divorce decree

What is a Divorce Decree?

A divorce decree is a court document signed by a magistrate/judge and filed that signifies the legal end of your marriage. It is issued by Ohio courts when your divorce is officially finalized. But why is a divorce decree necessary in Ohio? What’s included in a divorce decree? And how do you get a copy …
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does it matter who files for divorce first in ohio

Does it Matter Who Files for Divorce First in Ohio?

It’s never a happy moment when you realize your marriage is over. However, once you’ve made the final decision to divorce your spouse, you’re probably anxious to get things moving as quickly as possible. But, should you be the first to file for divorce? And does it matter who files for divorce first in Ohio? …
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does family court handle divorce in ohio

Does Family Court Handle Divorce?

Navigating a divorce is never easy. It’s common to have many questions about your divorce, especially if it’s your first time going through a separation. When it comes to divorce and family law, you might be wondering if family court can handle both divorce and child custody agreements. Learning more about the function of family …
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how long does a divorce take in Ohio

How Long Does a Divorce Take?

Once you’ve made the difficult decision to get a divorce, you want to close that chapter of your life as quickly as possible. So, how long does a divorce take in Ohio? Since there are a lot of steps involved in getting a divorce, the whole process can vary in length. In general, you should …
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