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Divorce in Medina County, Ohio

January 29, 2013

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In Medina County, Ohio, the process of divorce begins when one party files a complaint for divorce with the Medina County Clerk of Courts.  Along with the complaint, the person who files it must include the filing fee and the instructions for service of the complaint.  If the parties previously signed a Separation Agreement that […]

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Divorce in Portage County, Ohio

January 8, 2013

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All divorce cases in the state of Ohio are facilitated through the Common Pleas Court for that particular county.  In Portage County, Ohio, divorce cases are filed in the Domestic Relations Court, located at: 203 W. Main Street Ravenna, Ohio 44266. (Click here for a map and driving directions to the Portage County, Ohio Domestic Relations […]

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Step-Parent Rights for Custody and Visitation of Step-Children in an Ohio Divorce

December 5, 2012

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Although a step-parent may seem like a villain when they are adopting someone’s grandchildren and that grandmother or grandfather faces losing visitation rights, the shoe is often on the other foot when step-parents are involved in a divorce and are seeking to visit their step-children. A step-parent divorcing the biological parent of a child faces […]

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Filing for Divorce in Summit County, Ohio – What to Expect

December 3, 2012

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To file for a divorce in Summit County, Ohio, the person filing the formal complaint must go to the Domestic Relations Court at 205 S. High St. in downtown Akron.  The party who files for divorce must have been an Ohio resident at least six months immediately before filing for the divorce and a resident […]

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Grandparents Rights in Ohio When a Step-Parent Adopts

December 3, 2012

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The marriage or remarriage of a child’s parent does not affect a court’s authority to grant or modify grandparent visitation rights. But when a parent divorces and remarries and the step-parent adopts the grandchild or grandchildren, the grandparents visitation rights become voluntary in Ohio.  If the step-parent agrees to the grandparents post-adoption visitation, only then […]

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Divorce, Dissolution, Annulment in Stark County, Ohio – How They Differ

November 29, 2012

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A divorce is a civil lawsuit which ends a marriage.  It is a complaint filed by a husband or wife, or both, in the Domestic Relations Division of the Stark County Family Court.  (In the Family Court, divorce is governed primarily by Local Rule 32.01.  Divorce laws in Ohio are primarily covered by Ohio Revised […]

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Grandparents May Seek Custody of Grandchildren in Many Different Ways

November 26, 2012

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Today 1.4 million children in the United States are living with their grandparents—some in an informal relationship and others in an arrangement where grandparents have gone to court and won legal rights.  If faced with such decisions, here are some of the options to consider. Legal relationship options for grandparents who are raising grandchildren. There […]

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Filing for Divorce in Stark County, Ohio

November 26, 2012

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To divorce in Ohio and to divorce in Stark County, there is a residency requirement.  The person filing the complaint for divorce should be a resident of Ohio for at least six months immediately before filing the complaint and a resident of Stark County, Ohio for at least 90 days prior to filing for the […]

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How Grandparents Get Visitation Rights to See Their Grandchildren in Ohio

November 20, 2012

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Grandparents must file with the court (usually the domestic relations division of the Court of Common Pleas) to get grandparents visitation rights.  In three instances, grandparents legal rights are statutorily protected in Ohio: 1) When married parents terminate their marriage or separate. 2) When a parent of the child is deceased. 3) When a child […]

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Differences Between Annulment, Divorce and Dissolution in Trumbull County, Ohio

November 20, 2012

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An annulment differs from a divorce or dissolution because it is a court order stating that the marriage never happened, that it was never valid or legal. The court order is formally known as a decree of nullity. To obtain an annulment one must file in the Court of Common Pleas in the county where […]

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