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Father keeps children from foster system in child custody gain

Most news stories pertaining to child custody focus on the court giving primary or sole custody to the mother, leaving the father with a few days of visitation and providing financial support. That is changing, however, as more fathers are seeking full custody of their children for any number of reasons. Ohio parents might be interested in the child custody journey of one single father.

Although relationship details were not given, a report on the events stated the father received a call from child services while he was at work one day. The caseworker told him that his ex, with whom he had had five children, was not mentally able to care for their children and had left them home alone. He was told the children would be placed in foster care, separated by gender.

Football star Josh Norman reveals child custody plan

Some men who become fathers as a result of a spontaneous, brief liaison will often deny the possibility of their parental status. Thus, child custody and support are issues they attempt to avoid. Professional football fans in Ohio might be interested to know that cornerback for the Washington Redskins, Josh Norman, is all for a shared child custody agreement for his daughter, born earlier this year.

Norman and the baby's mother, Melody Woods, were not in a committed relationship when she got pregnant. Norman did not even know he was the father until he received the results of a DNA test. Woods claimed Norman did not want to be in his daughter's life and had filed for sole physical and legal custody. Norman has refuted her claim and has responded with his own plan for shared custody.

Father flees state with child in tow in child custody case

Animosity between two Ohio parents may sometimes affect a child custody case to the point that one parent will move out of state or even out of the country as a tactic to keep the other parent from seeing the child. Because child custody laws in each state vary, the attempt to enforce some terms of an existing agreement can be tricky when more than one state is involved. That is the case of a woman whose boyfriend has left the state with their son.

Over a year ago, the mother was sentenced to a probation period of 30 months after she entered a guilty plea to meth charges against her. Her ex-boyfriend, the father of their 4-year-old son, was granted custody of the boy. Just weeks later, he and the child moved out of state. He claims his ex abused the boy while their son was in her custody.

A few signs you should skip mediation for your divorce

If you talk to any family law attorney, he or she will likely tell you about the numerous benefits of mediation for disagreements over child and spousal support, child custody and asset division. However, mediation is not the solution for all couples.

First and foremost, both spouses must be motivated to work out their differences to reach accord. They also must commit to engaging in civil discourse with one another. If this isn't possible for you and your spouse, mediation probably isn't for you.

Couple may have to choose to divorce

The motivation for most Ohio couples to get a divorce is often because something in the marriage is not working for one or both spouses. When that happens and they will not or cannot fix the problems, the seemingly natural solution is to separate. One couple, however, may be getting a divorce for a completely different reason.

The husband, an Army veteran, and his wife are looking at just one option to get their oldest daughter the healthcare she needs. The 6-year-old girl has a number of conditions that accompany Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, a rare chromosomal disorder. She can do almost nothing on her own and requires care all day, every day.

Legal fees in wealthy couple's divorce are astronomical

Divorcing Ohio couples often have numerous decisions to make when they divorce. Child custody and support, the division of debts and assets as well as legal fees are just a few points that need to be clarified when settling on the terms of a divorce. One man has been ordered to pay a staggering amount to his wife for her legal fees.

The husband must fork over $4.1 million so his wife's attorneys can figure out who gets what from a $150 million trust. The complicated holdings will need professional consultants who have experience dealing with the various transactions such enormous resources require. According to the wife's attorney, the husband is putting up a fight regarding every issue that they are attempting to resolve.

Man gets surprise alimony invoice

Some Ohio exes who have to pay alimony sometimes feel the strain of meeting their legal requirements. When their financial duty has been fulfilled, there is often cause for celebration. One man thought he had made his last alimony payment years ago but has recently received a notification claiming he missed a payment.

For 15 years the man made two payments of $1,250, via garnishment, to his ex-wife for a total of $450,000. When he retired in 2010 he was no longer required to pay. Not long ago he got a bill from the county probation service, claiming he not only missed his last payment, he also owed interest that had accumulated over eight years. He had retained a copy of his last pay stub showing he had, indeed, paid the full amount. He also says his ex-wife definitely would have let him know if she had not received the money.

Wife of Stone Temple Pilot guitarist wants a divorce

Of the numerous reasons an Ohio couple may feel a divorce is necessary, domestic violence is the scariest. Walking on eggshells around someone who could erupt in anger at any minute is emotionally exhausting. If children are in the picture it is even more vital to find a way out of the situation. The wife of Dean DeLeo, guitarist for Stone Temple Pilots has filed for divorce, claiming she is afraid for not only her life, but that of her daughter as well.

Jenn DeLeo says the abuse began six years ago, not too long after they were married. She claims the abuse stems from his excessive use of drugs and alcohol. During his bouts of inebriation, she says he has nearly allowed their young daughter to drown in the ocean, he abuses his son from a previous marriage and he has tried to strangle Jenn multiple times.

Guns N' Roses' Slash wants end to divorce

Whether an Ohio spouse's income is massive or below the national average, there are still obligations he or she may have to fulfill after a divorce. If there are children born from the relationship, one parent might be ordered by the court to pay child support. Should the family consist only of the couple, one may be required to pay spousal support. The 13-year marriage between Guns N' Roses guitarist, Slash, and his wife is slowly coming to an end, after he filed for divorce four years ago.

The divorce is coming along too slowly, according to Slash. He feels is wife, Perla Ferrar, is doing everything she can to drag out the divorce, and he has asked the judge to make a decision as soon as possible. He has agreed to not only pay Ferrar $100,000 each month in spousal support but an equalization payment of over $6.5 million, as well.

These child custody tips can help during summer vacation

As a parent, you may not look forward to summer vacation. After all, you still have to work even when your kids are enjoying time away from school.

If you're divorced, you know that summer vacation has a way of bringing child custody disputes to the forefront.

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