Other Important Family Law Issues

Understanding Divorce Procedures in Ohio

Posted Date:April 29, 2016 | Categories: ,


Completing a divorce in Ohio can require going through numerous court hearings, participating in court-ordered counseling, and engaging in several rounds of negotiation with your soon-to-be ex. These processes play out over the course of at least three months and can be roughly grouped into the steps of filing, cooling off, securing pretrial orders, negotiations and mediation, and trial. Each divorce proceeding follows its own unique course, however, so having advice and representation from a caring and knowledgeable family law attorney can help you achieve your best outcomes at each step.

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Can Family Matters Be Resolved in Court?

Posted Date:March 13, 2016 | Categories:

Family matters resolved in court

The best answer to the question posed in the title is “yes, but.” Many family disputes do go to court, but problems might be better resolved through counseling or alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures.

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Understanding Property Division

Posted Date:March 10, 2016 | Categories:

Property Division Lawyers

Understanding how Ohio law regards marital and personal property, and the property division that results in divorce, is important to your overall understanding of the divorce process.

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What to Know About Single Parent Adoption

Posted Date:January 11, 2016 | Categories:

Columbus Single Parent Adoption

Single parents are welcome to adopt! Though there are special challenges for the single parent, those challenges are by no means insurmountable and the richness of having a child you love who loves you in your life will far outweigh the challenges presented by single parenthood.

There are estimates that as much as 25 percent of special needs adoptions are by single parents. Nationwide, estimates are that anywhere from five to ten percent of all adoptions are by single parents.

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Special Needs Adoption Procedures

Posted Date:January 8, 2016 | Categories:

Special Adoption Procedures

The actual legal process for adopting a special needs child is the same as any other adoption, and you can get a brief look at the process by going to our blog on the subject here. Adopting a special needs child can be the most rewarding and beautiful gift you give your family, and the child or children you adopt.

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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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Adoption Procedures for Divorced Men and Women

Posted Date:October 17, 2015 | Categories:

Adoption Procedures for Divorced Men and Women

If you are ready to open your heart and your home to a child, but you are divorced, that won’t impede you from being able to adopt a child, or children. Of course single parenting has its own challenges, but those challenges are not insurmountable and are met by many single parents every day.

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Can I Adopt if I am a Single Man/Woman?

Posted Date:September 18, 2015 | Categories:

Single man adopt

Adopting a child can be a rewarding experience and a tremendous gift to both you and the child, and single men or women are welcome to adopt! According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services adoption guide (located here) “There are many kinds of adoptive families. The most important requirement for adoption is that the family must be able to provide a loving, stable, and secure family for a growing child. Adoptive parents:

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When Can You Obtain a Civil Protection Order?

Posted Date:August 28, 2015 | Categories:

Civil Protection Order

A restraining order and a civil protection order are two different legal instruments in Ohio and enforceable in different ways, but both of them are orders from the court for an abuser to stay away from you. If you are in a relationship with an abusive spouse, your attorney may suggest a restraining order against your abusive spouse while the divorce is in process.  The restraining order has no further effect once the divorce is final, though. Enforcement under a restraining order is also limited insofar as police do not enforce restraining orders; the court that issued the order enforces it. Violating a restraining order amounts to a contempt of court violation.

A civil protection order, on the other hand, is a legal instrument that law enforcement officers anywhere in Ohio must enforce, and preferably by arresting the offender. If you are in an abusive relationship, the civil protection order is a better alternative to the restraining order, and will help to provide protection from the abuser and peace of mind for you and your children.

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