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Finding a solution to a same-sex custody matter

Same-sex couples now have the right to marry in every state, but that does not mean that these individuals do not still face unique legal challenges. In Ohio, same-sex parents may find it necessary to secure the help of an experienced legal professional in order to successfully navigate family law issues, such as child custody. When seeking a positive resolution to a same-sex custody matter, our team can help.

A same sex custody matter is possible for some Ohio couples

There are thousands of children awaiting adoption in America, and many more are spending time in foster homes awaiting a stable home environment. While members of the GLBT community celebrate the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling concerning their right to marry, there has not been a significant change concerning their rights with regard to child custody and adoption. Citizens living in Ohio as well as in the rest of the country who are facing a same sex custody matter, which has not afforded them the same opportunities as couples from "traditional" households.

Co-custody agreement for same sex couples turning a new leaf

There are many children without a family to call their own in this country and across the world. However, co-custody agreement has not been easy for same-sex couples looking to adopt in Ohio. They face road blocks at every corner. The manager of placements at Children Services in Ohio is adamant that children belong in a loving home regardless of the form the family takes.

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.

Study: Custody decisions in and out of Ohio favor heterosexuals

Will Ohio join 17 other states by approving gay marriage this year? Reuters recently reported the issue could be up for a vote as soon as this fall, if enough signatures are gathered to propose a state constitutional amendment. Gay marriage and the recognition of legal gay marriages performed outside the state currently are outlawed.

Egg donor mom wins parental rights in case against birth mother

Several states have voted to approve gay marriage since the U.S. Supreme Court threw out the Defense of Marriage Act last summer. Even as this was being written, a 15th state legalized gay marriage, with a 16th likely before the end of the month.

Same-sex child custody matters are delicate

The difficulties that same-sex couples face in order to get married are well-known throughout the state of Ohio. But what about the difficulties that such couples face when trying to divorce? Ending a marriage can be just as hard as making it happen and because of the legal hurdles that one must face within this state when attempting a same-sex split, the process can be much more costly in both money and time. Think about the standard factors present in a divorce: property division, alimony, child custody and child support, along with the actual dissolution of the marriage. Now, add in the legal issues stacked against same-sex couples, and the expectations of a same-sex divorce should be understood.

First divorce between same-sex partners in Hancock County

Though same-sex couples cannot get married in the state of Ohio, they can get divorced. Recently, the first same-sex divorce in Hancock County occurred and according to an attorney for one of the women involved in the marriage, this should not come into question. According to him, the state of Ohio recognizes marriages that occur in other states, including those between minors and cousins. He believes it should same-sex marriages regardless of the issues that many residents of the state have with homosexuality. This was underscored by the 62-percent vote to ban same-sex marriage within Ohio's borders in 2004.

Child custody could cause parental insecurity in adulthood

As the nation moves forward on the topic of same-sex marriage, many family experts have begun considering the possibility of divorce in such an arrangement. Just like opposite-sex couples, a same-sex couple will need to address many issues during a split. These include property division, spousal support and child custody. Though the subject of children being raised by two women or two men is often seen as a hot-button topic amongst people who do not support same-sex couples, the fact of the matter is that gay people can be parents, too. If they choose to divorce, this means that a custody agreement will have to be arranged.

How will repeal of DOMA affect gay divorce, custody?

Even though a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act has been repealed, same-sex couples in Ohio and other states may still feel the bias and pressure from opponents of homosexuality. This is made possible by the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to leave Section 2 of DOMA intact while repealing Section 3. In Section 2, states are allowed to deny marriages that are accepted and acknowledged in other states. In Section 3, the federal government chose not to recognize same-sex marriages and therefore barred the many benefits provided to marriages involving opposite-sex spouses -- this is no longer the case, though.

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