As Ohio residents may have heard, a father in South Carolina was recently granted full custody of his child after going to court in a unique case. He and his former girlfriend had conceived a child, and he was led to believe he and his girlfriend were going to live together and raise the child. Without his knowledge, the child was born and placed with an out-of-state adoptive family.
A married couple who is having trouble conceiving a child naturally may choose to freeze a number of embryos for future use. However, the question of what should be done with them if the couple divorces is a legally complex one. Even if a couple has a contract spelling out who owns the embryos, it may not help decide a given case.
In child custody proceedings of the past, mothers were often awarded primary custody of their children while fathers were given limited visitation time. However, the times have changed.
Welcome back. In our last post we began discussing the extremely complex issue of embryonic custody disputes.
While fertility advancements have resulted in wonderful outcomes for many families in Ohio and the rest of the country, they have also complicated family law.
Did you see the recent news story about a New York woman being allowed to serve divorce papers to her spouse via Facebook? If so, don't assume that you can do the same.
Are you an unmarried father who is trying to start a relationship or build a relationship with your children? If so, you have probably come to the realization that the laws can be very frustrating to men in your position.
Going through divorce as a parent can be very hard and both men and women; however, it can be especially hard on fathers who have to deal with the presumption that mothers are the better parent.
In our last post, we discussed how a group called the National Parents Organization has been advocating nationally for 50-50 shared parenting arrangements to become the presumption in state courts. The group admitted that it is facing an uphill battle, largely because many judges still hold the antiquated belief that mothers are better parents.
When you think of father's rights the first thing that may come to mind are issues of child visitation or parenting time. The second thing that might surface are questions about child support, in terms of both setting appropriate levels and then making sure that those obligations are being consistently met.