Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is difference between Shared Parenting (Joint Custody) and Sole Custody in Ohio?

Answer: If one parent has sole custody, both parents can still obtain medical records, child care and school records and attend extracurricular activities of the children. The sole custodian makes the decisions regarding the medical, education, religion and extracurricular activities of the minor children. Shared Parenting, however, does not mean equal parenting time with the minor children. Parents agree to cooperate in making decisions regarding medical, education, religion and extracurricular activities. A party may have the final decision making authority. The court must find that the shared parenting plan is in the best interests of the minor children by considering the factors in Ohio Revised Code Section 3109.04(F)(2).

Question: What is the difference between a divorce and a dissolution?

Answer: For the court to grant a dissolution, both husband and wife must agree on every aspect of the dissolution of their marriage. This includes their real and personal property, assets, debts and parenting. If the parties cannot agree, divorce may be the better option.

Question: What are the types of adoption?

Answer: A child or adult can be adopted by a step parent, privately, meaning no agency is involved, through a private agency, or through a public agency. These adoptions can be between counties in Ohio, states in the US or international.

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