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What happens when child support is unpaid?

Child support is considered a continuation of a parent's obligation towards a child after divorce. A parent may leave child support unpaid for any number of reasons, including a change in living expenses, a job loss or simple negligence. The parent's obligation to pay support does not end due to any such circumstance unless the agreement is modified by court order. Willfully ignoring child support obligations in Ohio has serious consequences.

Choosing the right attorney for same-sex custody

Same-sex custody matters in Ohio are held in juvenile court, and state laws have not yet formally addressed same-sex relationships in regards to children. As a result, many same-sex couples find themselves in awkward and murky legal ground when it comes to establishing a custody relationship with a child or litigating a conflict with custody.

Requesting a modification of a child support order

After being ordered to pay child support in a divorce settlement, parents in Ohio may wish to have their payments reduced if they lose a job or go through another major life change. Although child support orders can be modified, orders can usually only be reviewed once every 36 months. However, circumstances like unemployment, incarceration or active military duty could allow for an early review.

The optimistic outlook for marriage in America

Many people in Ohio share the widespread perception that the divorce rate is close to 50 percent and is rising steadily. However, that number may be more of a historical aberration as opposed to an actual marriage trend. Researchers say that the divorce rate is actually falling, and attitudes toward marriage have changed since the 1970s and 1980s due to the rise of feminism.

How to deal with a home in a divorce

Couples who are attempting to split their marital home as part of an Ohio divorce may have different hurdles to clear when doing so. If the couple has not legally separated or gotten a divorce, it may not be possible for one party to get a new home without the other consenting to it. This is because both spouses have a right to any joint property as long as the marriage is still in effect.

How is property divided in Ohio?

Ohio residents who are considering divorce may be interested in how marital property is divided. Ohio follows the principle of equitable distribution, and property acquired between the date the parties were married until they legally separated or divorced is considered marital property.

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