Monthly Archives: November 2015

Shared Parenting vs Sole Custody

Posted Date:November 19, 2015 | Categories:

Shared Parenting vs Sole Custody

In Ohio, joint custody of your children is known as shared parenting. Shared parenting is when both parents share equally custody, decision-making and parenting responsibilities for the minor children.

The court will review the proposed parenting plan, whether it is submitted jointly or if each spouse submits his or her own version of a parenting plan. A parenting plan is the parenting guidelines that parents agree to or the court orders. The parenting plan can include all the custody agreements and orders, parenting time, child support, tax exemptions, health insurance, and additional cost provisions. If you are divorcing and have children, you must have a parenting plan. The final custody decision will be made when the divorce decree is final.

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Why Should You Have a Prenuptial Agreement?

Posted Date:November 11, 2015 | Categories:

Prenuptial Agreement

Prenuptial agreements are not just for the rich and famous, and they are not an indication that you expect to get divorced before you and your future partner are even married. Prenuptial agreements are a financial document that essentially says, “here’s what I brought to the marriage as my separate property and separate debt.” The prenuptial agreement can also delineate what is mutual property, and clarify special agreements between you.

If you, or your intended partner, have significant retirements funds, real estate investments or ownership, or family inheritance, you should have a prenuptial agreement in place. Also, if either of you have children from a previous marriage or children you are responsible to provide support for, it is important that an up front understanding of how those children are to be cared for financially be clear as you enter the marriage.

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How Do I Establish Child Support

Posted Date:November 5, 2015 | Categories:

Establish Child Support

Both parents are responsible for the continued support of their child or children, regardless of their marital status or situation. Ohio has set guidelines to help determine the appropriate amount of support considering a number of elements.  Ohio Revised Code lists the guidelines by income and number of children.  There is also a worksheet included in the law, which might be of use to you as you calculate how much child support might be.

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International Adoption Procedures

Posted Date:November 4, 2015 | Categories:

International Adoption

International adoption is somewhat more complex than adopting a child domestically, but can certainly be a hand out of poverty to the child you welcome to your home and heart.

According to the U.S. Department of State’s website, these are the steps to adopt from a country that is a member of the Hague Adoption Convention (90 countries to date):

Generally, the Convention adoption process involves six central steps. You must complete these steps in the following order to meet U.S. legal requirements for Convention adoptions.

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8 Important Facts Adoptive Parents Should Know

Posted Date:November 2, 2015 | Categories:

Adoptive Parents
  1. Your child has suffered a serious loss.

For a child, losing his or her parents is the most traumatic loss they can endure. They need to be able to mourn that loss, grieve their parents, and only then will they be able to begin their bond with their new family. Be sure to talk to foster parents, orphanage directors, or even the child’s birth parents if possible to find out what his/her life was like in that home. Share what you know of your child’s parents, but not in a negative way.

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