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Trading retirement for child rearing: the opioid crisis

Ohio, among many other states in the region, is currently grappling with an incredibly complex opioid crisis. As a result, a new problem has surfaced: parents' inability to raise their own children. Grandparents have since come to the rescue, trading retirement plans for child rearing. Many might assume that this part of the problem ends here, but in reality, it often makes the issue all the more complicated. 

Protect your business from your divorce

One of the biggest concerns for business owners in Ohio is keeping their business assets protected. While fraud, changes in the market, and other similar issues are always monitored with care, most business owners forget about one possible hurdle: their spouse. Unfortunately, it's wise to consider what to do in the event that a divorce becomes inevitable, as it may put the business at risk.

Do I have any say in how my ex spends child support?

As a noncustodial parent who pays child support, you most likely have an interest in how the money you give your ex-spouse is used. As you know, child support is for the benefit of your children. You might have doubts and concerns about how your ex spends the money. Like many Ohio parents who pay child support, you may wonder if you can check up on your ex’s spending or tell him or her how you want the money spent.

Can you have a healthy divorce?

When you and your spouse agree to get a divorce in Ohio, you may worry that the process will be full of conflict. It is possible to divorce in a way that is healthy for both you and your spouse, though, and it is important to understand what you can do to keep this process smooth for both of you.

Can I adopt a child in Ohio?

If you are an Ohio resident who is considering adopting a child, you will be glad to know that the only hard and fast requirement is that you be 18 years old or older. As AdoptUSKids.com explains, however, you will need to go through pre-adoption training and a home study process before you will be allowed to adopt.

Understanding stepparent adoption

The State of Ohio allows the stepparent of any child to adopt him or her. Stepparent adoption is relatively simple and inexpensive. Per the Ohio State Bar Association, a stepparent adoption can be accomplished by a nonbiological “parent” who is married to one of the child’s biological parents or by a nonbiological “parent” who is in a same-sex marriage with one of the child’s biological parents.

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