2013 ushers in a new chapter in our firm’s history. Starting January 1st we will be Babb & Rowland, LLP.
We will be providing the same client-centered services and adding some new faces. Jamie L. Anderson will be taking over the reigns of the domestic relations practice as we bid farewell and best wishes to Patricia Campbell who will be moving her domestic relations practice to Bellbrook. Jamie is formerly with the law firm of Weade, Anderson, Phipps & [Read the full post. . .]
Natural Parent’s Small Monetary Gifts to Child Are Not ‘Provision of Support and Maintenance’ Under Adoption Law
Today in, In re Adoption of M.B., Slip Opinion No. 2012-Ohio-236, the Supreme Court of Ohio ruled that when a biological parent of a child has failed, without justifiable cause, to make any court-ordered monthly child support payments for at least one year prior to the filing of another person’s petition to adopt that child, small monetary gifts made by the parent [Read the full post. . .]
Throughout Ohio families are settling disputes in mediation and not in the courtroom. Ohio Revised Code 3109.052 authorizes mediation in cases involving the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities. Many courts now require that the parties try to reach an accommodation before they can terminate or modify a shared parenting plan. An experienced attorney should be able to give you advice about the differences amongst the mediation programs offered by local courts. Below is an example of a typical local [Read the full post. . .]
A new law went into effect September 28, 2011 that reduces license suspensions for parents who fall behind on their child support payments. The new law provides that parents who pay at least half of their court-ordered child support will no longer face suspension of their driver’s or professional licenses. Another provision will allow parents to have prior suspensions for failing to pay child support removed from their driving record. Under the new law, county child-support enforcement agencies must look [Read the full post. . .]
Last year over 100,000 parents had their driver’s license suspended for failure to satisfy their child support obligation. Many advocates suggest that it is an inability to pay not an unwillingness and point to the downturn in Ohio’s economy. On Wednesday a new law will go into effect allowing parents who pay at least 1/2 (one half) of their child support obligation to avoid a license suspension. In addition, the law will allow cooperating parents to remove existing license suspensions [Read the full post. . .]