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Co-parenting successfully after a divorce

When people in Ohio decide to divorce, they may be more than ready to leave their unhappy marriage behind. At the same time, they may be concerned about the divorce's effect on the parent-child relationship. Co-parenting can be a challenge, even for couples who were able to reach an amicable split. There can be a number of problems that arise, from discomfort at one parent's new relationships to dealing with clashes over parenting decisions as the child grows.

Custody and visitation rights for unmarried parents

There are several reasons parents may disagree over where their children should live after they separate. Most times, both parents want what is best for their children, but when they can't agree, a family court judge may need to make the decision for them. Courts in Ohio award custody based on the best interest of the children. Courts could award sole custody to one parent or shared custody to both parents. When one parent is awarded sole custody, the other typically has rights to visitation.

Documentary looks at race within the child support system

According to a study by the Urban Institute, the income of parents who owe 70 percent of child support debt ranges from $0 to under $10,000 annually. Filmmaker Rel Dowdell says that many of these parents are African-American men who suffer disproportionately under the child support system, and their children in turn suffer as well. Some Ohio parents may struggle with these issues.

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