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Ohio military parents can face unusual child custody risks

For those Ohio parents who also serve within the United States armed forces, the challenges of balancing service to one’s country with the responsibilities of raising a family are significant. Military families have to create an intricate system of scheduling, parenting time and help from their support network in order to do a great job on both fronts. However, there is an even more pressing concern for those military parents who are going through a child custody case. In some instances, it can appear as if one’s military service is used as a weapon against them in their fight to assert their parental rights.

Child custody courts slow to catch up with marijuana laws

For parents in states that allow the use of medical marijuana, concerns over how such use might impact their family status should be a top concern. While medical marijuana is not yet a reality for Ohio residents, there is much to be learned by the child custody struggles facing parents in states that have passed medical marijuana legislation. Understanding the issues that these parents are facing could help others avoid similar child custody struggles centered on the legal use of marijuana.

Best interests of the child extend beyond time of divorce

For those in Ohio who share children, the end of a marriage is far more complicated than it is for most childless couples. Balancing the best interests of the child or children against the needs of the parents can be a challenge. However, it is also important to understand that placing the needs of ones children in a primary position is a practice that should be employed at all times, even after the divorce has been made final. Failing to do so can lead to negative outcomes for the children caught in the middle of a divorce and child custody battle.

Celebrity child custody fight centers on unborn child

Many in Ohio would recognize the face of talk show host Sherri Shepherd. The co-host of the popular television show “The View” is in the beginning stages of what may turn out to be a bitter and lengthy child custody battle with her soon-to-be-ex husband, Lamar Sally. The case is unusual in that they pair are fighting over the care and custody of a child that has yet to be born.

Drug use a factor in many Ohio child custody cases

A recent study reveals a troubling trend among Ohio families. The state’s human services agency has reviewed data from recent years, and found that the number of cases in which heroin played a role within child custody cases rose 83 percent from the rate just three years ago. It is now estimated that heroin was a factor in as many as 7,000 cases just last year alone.

Is it possible for sperm donors to pursue child custody?

Many Ohio residents encounter difficulty when trying to conceive a child. For a number of reasons, some will choose to add to their family by means of artificial insemination. This can be a positive experience for all involved, but it is imperative to take the proper legal precautions to protect one’s legal rights. Failure to do so can lead to difficult child custody struggles in the years to come.

Fathers' rights within child custody can be complicated

Many Ohio readers will remember the work of actor Jason Patric. The Lost Boys star has been making recent headlines for matters unrelated to his career path as he continues to fight for access to his young son. Patric has become an advocate of fathers' rights, and is speaking out about his own child custody struggles in the hopes of helping others in similar circumstances to retain access to their children.

Supreme Court makes important international child custody ruling

Many of those in Ohio who follow international child custody law are saddened by a recent ruling by the United States Supreme Court. The decision may make it more difficult for parents living abroad whose partners flee with their child to seek their immediate return for child custody litigation. The case clarifies the stance of the United States toward the provisions of the Hague Convention of the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

Do visitation rights begin during childbirth?

When parents make the decision to end their relationship, the care and custody of their shared children is often their top concern. In many cases, parents are able to reach a solution between themselves, outside of a court of law. For some, however, reaching an agreement is simply not possible, and a child custody case is brought before a court. In one unusual case, the custody and visitation fight began before the child was even born. Ohio readers may find the outcome of interest, especially in the way that it relates to fathers' rights.

Study focuses on creating a better visitation schedule

Ohio parents who emerge from a divorce must immediately move into new roles as co-parents. This involves coordinating schedules and making sure that the needs of their shared children are met, even as both parties are still completing the transition from one household into two. After a period of time, parents fall into a visitation schedule, and can effectively plan the rest of their lives around that calendar.

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