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How personality traits can raise divorce risk

Certain personality traits may increase the likelihood that an Ohio resident might get a divorce. One of those traits is a tendency to catastrophize. People who do so tend to blow up small incidents into large ones. Some attorneys actually report clients who file for divorce multiple times and then each time realize they are overreacting.

Reacting to a child's request to live with the other parent

There is a chance that a child in Ohio will want to live with a noncustodial parent. Ideally, custodial parents will not take this personally and engage in a discussion about the topic. In some cases, it could be acceptable to allow the noncustodial parent to be a part of the conversation. However, if a change in residence is not in the child's best interest, a judge is unlikely to approve such a request regardless of how the child and parents feel.

Child custody may be determined by multiple factors

When parents in Ohio or anywhere else end their marriages, a judge will need to decide who gets custody of the children. As a general rule, a court will make a custody decision based on what is in a child's best interests. However, there are many factors that could be used to determine what that would be in a given case. Typically, the age of the child will influence the terms of a custody ruling.

Biological fatherhood and DNA paternity testing

In Ohio and across the United States, some men are surprised upon learning that their former domestic partners or spouses are pregnant. A DNA paternity test is often used by the court to find out whether the man must pay child support. In cases where the parents of a child are unmarried, the supposed father is not necessarily the child's legal father. Instead, the law refers to him as the child's "alleged father" unless a DNA paternity test proves otherwise.

Child visitation rights and abusive parents

In Ohio and across the United States, divorced parents need to have concerns about what constitutes the best interests of their child. Courts have legal obligations to make sure children are safe. Any divorced parent who thinks their ex-spouse is a threat to their child should petition the court. A judge will typically conduct a thorough investigation when a parent states that the ex-spouse is abusing or threatening the child. If appropriate, the court may decide to remove a parent's visitation rights.

Easing the divorce process for children

Many Ohio parents may be concerned about how to best help their children get through their divorce feeling loved and supported. Parental divorce can be challenging for kids, and they may feel uncertain about the future. Even the practical elements, like moving back and forth between their parents' houses, can be demanding for kids. However, by keeping some key guidelines in mind, parents can help to protect their relationship with their children and help them to feel safe and secure despite the difficult times.

Unwed fathers have rights too

Roughly 40% of children in the United States are born out of wedlock. This means that many fathers in Ohio and throughout the country are not married to their son or daughter's mother. However, unwed fathers generally do have rights to their children as long as they are deemed to be fit to have them. To obtain those rights, a man first needs to establish paternity. This can be done by adding his name to the baby's birth certificate with the mother's permission.

Non-custodial parents provide care of different kinds

When parents in Ohio decide to divorce, they may face difficult decisions about child custody and visitation. Most parents want as much time with their children as possible, but that does not mean that joint physical custody is always the best option. There are a number of reasons why one parent may be the best choice to have primary custody even when both parents enjoy loving, supportive relationships with their children. For example, many people have employment responsibilities, including lengthy shifts, deployments or frequent travel, that prevent them from providing the best physical home for their children.

Special challenges for divorced parents of teens

When Ohio parents divorce, there will be many changes to come as they sort out their co-parenting responsibilities and joint plans for the future. Many divorcing spouses want to make the transition for their children as easy as possible, minimizing emotional damage. They may work to develop a child custody or visitation plan that honors the role of both parents in the child's life. However, there are some unique factors that come along with co-parenting teens. While teens are far more independent than younger children, they can be significantly affected by different issues after a parental divorce.

Child custody when there's no father's name on birth certificate

At one time, it was rare in Ohio and other states for a child to be born to an unwed mother. Today, however, this is an increasingly common situation. In fact, about 40 percent of children in the United States are born to parents who are not married, a jump of nearly 20 percent since 2007. With instances where a father isn't listed on the birth certificate, further legal questions arise.

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