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Quick action can prevent an international child abduction

A parent's worst nightmare is not being able to see their child due to the other parent kidnapping them. Sadly, this is a reality for many parents in America and abroad. Parental abduction, particularly international abduction, is a difficult problem to deal with. It involves at least two governments, if not more, and it can be very difficult to bring a child home.

Child custody mediation and what to expect

Divorcing is one of the most frightening things parents in Ohio face. In most cases, parents will search for ways to make the process of divorce and child custody proceedings as painless for the kids as possible. Mediation has become one of the top methods worried parents turn to in order to ease the transition for their kids.

How can grandparents in Ohio seek visitation rights?

In most families, children have a special relationship with their grandparents. When a divorce or other circumstance separates children and grandparents, it can be harmful to all parties. Family law courts recognize how beneficial a strong child/grandparent bond is. With the best interests of the children at heart, many of these courts allow estranged grandparents to seek legal visitation or even child custody in some situations.

Unmarried fathers in Ohio have child custody rights

Unmarried dads often feel as if they have no rights to their own children. Despite this common and persistent myth, family law courts understand that fathers have much to contribute to the lives of their kids. As such, courts typically look for ways in which both parents can love and care for their children, regardless of whether they ever married.

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.

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.

Co-parenting with a narcissist: Is it even possible?

You might not know the definition of a narcissist. But you probably can say with some assuredness, "I know one when I see one." Psychologists know the hallmarks of what's called Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). In the simplest terms, those with NPD "exhibit a lack of ability to empathize with others and inflated sense of self-importance."

Helping grandparents and other relatives seek child custody

The news out of Cuyahoga County in recent days drives home yet again the depth of the issue that Ohio faces regarding children in foster care. According to an article on, authorities report that there are nearly 2,300 children in some form of state-managed care. But county officials say demand continues to rise and they are seeking to recruit more foster families.

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