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Questions to ask if your ex is cohabitating and getting alimony

In many cases, alimony is set up to discontinue if your ex gets married again. The idea here is that your ex needs your financial support while single, but getting married gives him or her a new spouse to offer that support.

One issue here is that people will sometimes start living with a new partner without getting married, specifically so that they can keep getting alimony. They will act like a married couple in almost all ways -- living in the same house, sharing the bills, pooling their income, etc -- but they will not legally get married.

Is your ex-partner denying you visitation rights?

One of the most painful events you have gone through is the child custody hearing that granted your spouse sole custody and left you with limited visitation -- or parenting time. The few days and hours you spend with your child are critical for you to form a bond that you believe is necessary for your child's best interests. You know you need to make the best of that time.

However, what happens when your child's custodial parent denies you the parenting time the court awarded? Precious as those days are, to lose even one of them may mean separation from your child for perhaps an entire week or longer. There may be numerous reasons why your parenting partner is keeping you from your child, and many of those reasons may be violating your parental rights.

Can a DNA test happen before a baby is born?

You have been informed that you may be the father of a baby who has not been born yet, and you do not think you can wait until birth to find out. You want to know what rights you have and what obligations you may be facing as soon as possible. Can a DNA test be carried out before the child is born?

It can. This used to be very dangerous, as the tests were highly invasive. There was a potential that the baby could pass away. As such, it was common to have the DNA test carried out with blood or tissue after the child was born.

Children's custody preferences carry more weight as they grow up

You and your spouse got divorced when your kids were both under 4 years old. They were not old enough to really have a say in where they wanted to live, so you and your spouse reached an agreement that let the children stay with you most of the time, visiting your ex on the weekends.

Now your children are both in their teens. They still live with you, and you just assumed that the order was binding until they turned 18. However, they have been talking about wanting to see your ex more and hoping to live with him or her more often.

When should I consider having a custody attorney?

Whether you are going through a divorce or were never married to the other parent of your child, issues of custody may be stressful and time-consuming. For the sake of your child, you may have hoped to work things out amicably with your former partner, and in your mind, this may have meant involving no lawyers.

Many parents are able to reach a satisfactory parenting plan on their own, and this often saves the family a great deal of anxiety that may arise when going to court is necessary. However, there are times when having a legal advocate is in your best interests, especially when you have so much on the line.

Focusing on school success after divorce

One concern parents often have when getting divorced is that their children will not do well in school. As with all child custody decisions, the important thing is to put the kids first and focus on their needs. Clearly, that means trying to come up with a plan to help them do as well as possible academically during what can be a trying time.

One thing you want to consider is having a set plan for every part of their academic lives. Here are some questions you may want to ask:

  • How do you plan to approach homework? Do you want to have the same rules about getting it done in both homes, no matter who the children are living with at the time?
  • What is your plan for parent-teacher conferences? Are you going to attend them together so that you both can stay involved?
  • What about school-related activities? How do you divide the labor of helping children with book reports, science fair projects and much more?
  • Do you have a plan for afterschool activities? Scheduling can get chaotic. How does that factor into your child custody schedule and parenting plan? Again, are you both going to attend things like track meets, football games and theatrical productions?
  • What financial plans do you have for college? Do you want to work together to help the children save for the rising costs of college tuition? Will you spend time helping them look into scholarship options?

Nesting -- it's not just for birds anymore

Divorcing parents in Ohio usually worry about one issue far more than any other -- how they will handle their children after the marriage ends. From how much time a child will spend with each parent to who makes important life decisions, there are several matters that you and your ex will need to address.

But what about the family home? Most people opt for one of two choices. Either sell the home, split the profits and establish separate living arrangements, or have one person keep the house and the other move out. In both cases, your child would travel between your and your ex's home based on the schedule set out in our custody agreement. However, some families are opting to keep the children in the home full time and rotate the parents in and out instead.

8 warning signs that divorce may be coming

If your first warning sign that divorce is coming is when your spouse tells you he or she wants to split up, odds are you have missed something along the way.

You're not alone. There are often a number of early warning signs, but people tend to overlook them. In some cases, they try to ignore them because they want the relationship to last. In other cases, they just do not think that things are as bad as they really are.

Here is a glimpse at how Ohio handles child support calculations

If you are a parent, one of your biggest concerns during divorce is determining who will receive custody of the children. Next to that, you may worry about how to cover the cost of raising your children following your marital breakup.

Determining how to handle child support following divorce is usually a contentious process. However, understanding how the courts handle child support cases may help to make the process easier for both sides. Here is a look at how the state of Ohio looks at child support.

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