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Eight Tips for Successful Stepparenting

Marriage and parenting both have their challenges. Marriage to someone who has children from a previous relationship offers its own unique set of challenges as you have suddenly become a stepparent. Don’t get us wrong: becoming a stepparent carries its own unique blessings. Your family has grown; you have been given the opportunity to love […]

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Deviating From the Ohio Child Support Guidelines

In 2018, there was a major overhaul to Ohio child support law, in an effort to bring it (literally) into the 21st century and account for the realities that modern families must deal with. While the new guidelines more closely reflect the needs of Ohio families, there remain some situations in which ordering child support […]

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Step-Parent Adoption in Ohio: What You Need to Know

paper cut out of family and gavel | Melissa Graham-Hurd & Associates

As you might imagine, in a family law practice, a lot of our work involves helping couples unwind their relationships. Even when this is a necessary step and best for them and their children, it can be a sad time. That is why we especially relish the times when our work gets to bring families […]

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Co-Parenting After High-Conflict Divorce

Child holding ears and parents fighting | paper cut out of family and gavel | Melissa Graham-Hurd & Associates

Parenting is challenging. Co-parenting after divorce is even more so, with different households with different rules and different schedules, not to mention frequent issues with finances and communication problems. But co-parenting after high-conflict divorce can be much more difficult. It can feel like being ordered to do a flawless ballroom dance routine with someone who […]

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Grey Divorce: What it Is, Why it Happens, How to Plan

Lady with man in background | paper cut out of family and gavel | Melissa Graham-Hurd & Associates

The term “grey divorce” refers to the breakdown and breakup of long-term marriages, or marriages of those in their mid-fifties and beyond. Most of us have an expectation that once a couple has made it past some of the struggles common in young marriages—tight budgets, the chaos of raising small children—the rest is smooth sailing. […]

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Back to School (As Co-Parents)

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An office supply store runs an annual back-to-school commercial with parents singing about it being “the most wonderful time of the year.” But if you are sharing custody with your child’s other parent after divorce or separation, you may be dreading the back-to-school season as much as your kids are. Summer is the season of […]

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What are Ordinary (and Extraordinary) Health Care Expenses?

Baby's visit to the doctor | Melissa Graham-Hurd & Associates

As you may be aware, Ohio child support law was recently updated for the first time in 25 years. These changes were overdue and necessary, but because they are significant, they are likely to be confusing to those who have to deal with them. One of the major changes has to do with ordinary and […]

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Child Care and Ohio Child Support

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If you have young children and you have a job, there’s a good chance you use paid child care. While some people are lucky enough to have a family member or friend watch their kids while they work, many parents, especially single parents, need to pay for care. If you are paying, or receiving, Ohio […]

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Adjustments to Ohio Child Support for Other Children and Health Insurance

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The last time Ohio child support underwent major changes, the year was 1992. Back then, a first-class stamp cost 29 cents, many people had never even used email, and a gallon of gas was $1.13. Clearly, a lot has changed since those days, and it was time for child support to change, too. In 2018, […]

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Imputing Income for Ohio Child Support—What’s Changed

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A lot can change in a quarter of a century: presidential administrations, fashions, hairlines and waistlines, to name a few. One thing that had not changed in a quarter-century was Ohio’s child support guidelines. In 2018, the Ohio House passed House Bill 366, bringing Ohio child support law into the 21st century at last. HB […]

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