What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?

Posted Date:May 6, 2016 | Categories: , ,


Alternate dispute resolution (ADR) can take many forms, but one widely cited definition from the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University is that an alternative dispute resolution is “any means of settling disputes outside of the courtroom.” In family law matters, pursuing an ADR can spare loved ones the time, expense, and emotional hardship of a lengthy court trial. ADRs also usually yields outcomes that all parties to a dispute find more equitable and acceptable.

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Custody and Visitation in Non-Divorce Cases

Posted Date:May 2, 2016 | Categories: ,

The standard judges use when issuing child custody and visitation orders in divorce cases is the best interest of the child. When determining which arrangements meet that standard, the judge considers statements by both parents, reports from court officers who conducted home visits and family interviews, and opinions from experts like social workers and teachers. The custodial relationship that best meets the child’s needs for physical safety, health, education, and opportunities for succeeding later in life is assigned by the judge. Visitation rights are granted to the noncustodial parent based on how time spent with the visiting parent will help the child grow and develop physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially.

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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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Are Only Biological Parents Entitled to Child Support?

Posted Date:April 22, 2016 | Categories:


A biological, or birth, parent, probably has the easiest case to make for retaining child custody and receiving child support payments following a divorce, but that is not the only situation that can occur. First, child support can also be requested following a separation, an out-of-wedlock birth, and an adoption.

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Mediation Procedures During a Divorce

Posted Date:April 18, 2016 | Categories:


Legal mediation offers a way to settle family law disputes with the help of an expert who facilitates discussions between contending parties. In divorce proceedings, mediation can be used to reach voluntary agreements over the division of property and financial assets, child custody arrangements and visitation schedules, and spousal support/alimony amounts.

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Preparing Your Children for a Divorce

Posted Date:April 15, 2016 | Categories: , ,


No matter how necessary and beneficial in the long term, a divorce creates stress and challenges that can only be minimized, never avoided. The end of a marriage can be especially tough on the children, who may blame themselves for their parents’ problems and may respond in unhealthy ways to sudden changes in their family life and living situations.

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Same-Sex Couples and Adoption: The Process

Posted Date:April 6, 2016 | Categories:

Same-Sex Couples and Adoption

Same-sex couples who want to adopt in Ohio must meet all the same legal requirements as heterosexual couples. The adoption lawyers with Edward F. Whipps & Associates detail Ohio adoption procedures here. The most important criteria to keep in mind, and the one that will make all the difference in whether a probate judge places an adoptee with a couple, is whether the new home and family situation is in the best interest of the child.

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What Rights Do I Have as a Grandparent?

Posted Date:March 31, 2016 | Categories:

grandparent right

Answering the question posed in the title is complicated, but allow us to start with the best news: Ohio law grants grandparents rights to adopt grandchildren from unsafe or unhealthy home situations and to retain visitation rights following a divorce or marriage dissolution. Where things become difficult, and where an Ohio child custody lawyer with Edward F. Whipps & Associates can be of assistance, is that both of those rights exist primarily in relation to the grandparents’ relationship with the grandchild’s birth parent. The best interests of the child are also always taken into consideration, and a grandparent is often asked to speak to that.

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What Does a Vocational Expert Do and How Is That Related to Alimony?

Posted Date:March 26, 2016 | Categories:

vocational expert and alimony

Divorce court judges who issue spousal support orders use the disparity between the partners’ current and future earnings as one the most significant factors for calculating alimony payments. Spousal support can also be mediated in a marriage dissolution, but the difference between what one spouse does and could earn and the earnings of the other spouse will still represent a starting point for negotiations.

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Why Should You Hire Paid Legal Consultant?

Posted Date:March 24, 2016

Why hire paid legal consultant

Scheduling a paid legal consultation with an Ohio family law attorney at Edward F. Whipps & Associates is a great way to learn about your legal options, ensure the confidentiality of your conversations with a legal advisor, and get second opinions on information provided by other lawyers. Each situation will be unique, but let’s look at three scenarios in which meeting with a paid family law consultant could prove beneficial.

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