Parenting Seminar: Putting the Family First

Franklin County’s local rules require parents in a divorce, dissolution, or legal separation proceeding to attend  Putting the Children First.  Typically, parents must complete this parenting seminar within 45 days of filing with the Court.  The course can be taken in person or on-line.  You can register at: http://www.actionforchildren.org/view.php?nav_id=82 Putting the Children First is a two … Read more

Shared Parenting: What It Means

In Ohio, the term “shared parenting” is often used, but you may have also heard it referred to as “joint custody.” Shared parenting allocates the parental rights and responsibilities of the children to both parents; but that does not necessarily mean that everything is equal. “Shared parenting” specifically refers to the ability of both parents … Read more

What is a Guardian ad Litem?

A Guardian ad Litem (often referred to as a “GAL”) is appointed by the domestic or juvenile Court to represent the best interest of the child(ren) in a custody case.  To become a GAL, one must fulfill certain requisites, such as special training, and in most counties a GAL must be an attorney.

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Interviewing Children in Custody Cases

When dealing with custody disputes, there is often a concern as to whether or not the Court will speak to the children.  Below are the answers to a few common questions regarding the appearance of children in custody cases.  If you have further questions or are looking for help with custody issues, call our office at (614) 567-3031 to schedule an initial consultation with an experienced and skilled custody attorney.

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Temporary Orders

Temporary Orders are issued by the Court and direct the parties regarding custody, parenting time, child support, spousal support, and the payment of obligations and debts during the pendency of the case. Temporary Orders control these issues until the case is either settled or a final decision is issued. It is important you provide the Court with the proper information and documentation to allow the Court to make an educated decision.  Given the importance of Temporary Orders and the various ways they are handled from county to county, you should seriously consider seeking legal advice from a knowledgeable and experienced attorney to assist you.

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Divorce vs Dissolution

We are often asked what the difference is between a divorce and a dissolution. Both are a legal process to terminate a marriage. Both processes require the parties to disclose and divide all property and debts and set forth spousal support obligations. If the parties have children, both processes also require the parties to allocate parental rights and responsibilities and set child support. After all is said and done, both are orders of the court that can later be modified or enforced.

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