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Could smoking affect your Columbus custody case?

In Ohio, there is no hard and fast rule that family court judges use when they make a child custody ruling. Instead, custody is decided based on a handful of factors which are known collectively as the "best interest of the child" standard. During the course of the best interest determination, the judge will examine several aspects of each parent's life and parenting style, along with several other factors, to find the best custody arrangement for the child and family.

Number of children born to single mothers hits a new high

While it is still the case that most mothers are married when they have children, there has been a recent surge in children born to young, unmarried women. According to recent data, more than half of women who have children under the age of 30 are not married at the time of their child's birth.

Ohio court rules that small gifts do not count as child support

In today's economy, many parents who have been ordered to pay child support find themselves unable to make those payments, either due to the loss of a job, a home foreclosure or other unavoidable circumstances. If you find yourself in this situation, you may need to seek a modification of your child support order so you are able to continue making payments. What you should not do, if possible, is stop making child support payments altogether.

How should you tell your online circle about your divorce?

If you are on Facebook or another social networking website, you probably have hundreds of 'friends' who can see your every move on the site and your profile, photos and posts. Normally, Facebook is a great way to share good news and celebrate happy life events, such as a wedding or the birth of a child. But what happens if the news you need to share is not quite as joyous?

Survive divorce by staying organized, educated and calm

Divorce can be a chaotic, stressful experience. At times, you may feel like you are barely keeping your head above water, let alone negotiating the terms of your divorce. However, according to family law attorney Jeff Landers, you should do your best to remain calm and collected in order to ensure a successful resolution of your divorce.

Could the 'Oscar Love Curse' affect you?

According to a recent study, women who win the Academy Award for Best Actress have a more than 60 percent chance of their marriages ending sooner than women who are nominated for the award but do not win. If you have tuned in to the Oscars in the past 10 years, you have seen this exemplified by the Best Actress wins of Sandra Bullock, Kate Winslet and Hilary Swank, and their divorce filings just a few months later.

What you post may be used against you in Ohio family court

If you have a pending child custody case, many Columbus family law attorneys would likely give you the same piece of advice: get off of Facebook. According to family law practitioners from around the country, the social networking website has become a major tool for discovery in child custody and other family law cases, often with highly negative consequences for parents.

Are infants affected by divorce?

When two Ohio parents divorce, they usually have a great deal of concern about helping their children handle the split and adjust to their new family situation, and rightly so. A divorce is a big adjustment for children, and it can be a life-altering event if not handled properly. But what happens to infants when their parents divorce?

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