Ohio is one of a small number of states that recognizes common law marriage -- but only if you've been together for a long time. Who may marry in Ohio? Ohio law provides that males may marry at the age of 18 and females at the age of 16. Those who are younger must first obtain consent to marry.
If you’re going through a divorce or separation from your child’s other parent, it’s helpful to familiarize yourself with some of the most common child custody terms. Ohio law provides three ways to allocate parental rights and responsibilities: “shared parenting,” “sole residential and custodial parent” and, the rarest of the three, “split parenting.”
Overview of Annulment Much like a traditional divorce, an annulment ends a marriage. However, an annulment is a legal proceeding that goes even further by declaring a marriage invalid or void through a court order. In some cases, it’s as if the marriage never happened. This article focuses only on
Dissolution of Marriage in Ohio In Ohio, there’s a faster way to get your divorce through the courts so you can get on with your life. It’s called dissolution of marriage, or simply dissolution. The only catch is that you have to get along well enough with your spouse to settle all property, spousal support, and parenting obligations without the court’s help.
During a divorce, Ohio courts may order the spouse in a better financial position (the “paying spouse”) to make payments (called "alimony") to the other spouse (the “supported spouse”). When the supported spouse gets remarried, however, the paying spouse will likely want to know whether he or she is obligated to continue paying alimony.
When parents divorce in Ohio, the court must allocate parental rights and responsibilities for their child or children. This article explains how courts make that decision, particularly when the court considers shared parenting (Ohio's term for joint custody).