Tag: child custody

Should Embryos be a Commodity?

Assisted Reproductive Technology refers to all treatments where the egg or embryo is handled outside the body.

The most common treatment is IVF (in vitro fertilization). With In vitro fertilization, the egg is fertilized with the sperm in a laboratory and the resulting embryo is implanted in the uterus. IVF can be done using the intended mother’s egg or a donor’s egg and the intended father’s sperm or a donor’s sperm. It can also be done with a donated embryo. With surrogacy, a woman carries the intended mother’s embryo.

Most fertility clinics that store the genetic material of patients… Read the rest

Same Sex Parents in Ohio Take Heed- Ohio Supreme Court Issues Important Lesson

Several weeks ago, the Ohio Supreme Court issued a decision in In Re Mullen; Hobbs v. Mullen, et. al. involving the parental rights of a same sex couple.  The lesson for same sex parents is as follows. GET IT IN WRITING.

In the case, Michele Hobbs and Kelly Mullen, a same sex couple, decided to have a child.  A male friend agreed to donate his sperm and Mullen became pregnant through an in vitro fertilization procedure.

The women acted as co-parents.  The women shared the financial responsibility of the in vitro fertilization process, Hobbs was present when Mullen gave birth, the women created… Read the rest

My Ex Won’t Let Me See My Kid- What Can I Do?

What you can do when your spouse, ex-spouse, ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend does not allow you to see your child.

What Unmarried Parents Should Know About Child Custody

Who has custody of a child born to unmarried parents?

Under Ohio law, when an unmarried woman gives birth to a child, she is the sole residential parent and legal custodian of the child unless and until a Court issues an order designated another person as the residential parent and legal custodian. 

How can a father become the legal custodian of a child or obtain visitation rights?

First, the father must establish paternity.  Paternity can be established in a number of ways.

  1. Acknowledgment of Paternity Affidavit- Typically this is signed at the hospital at the time of the child’s birth, but
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I Want a Dissolution of Marriage, Now What?

First, make sure your spouse is on the same page.  In order to obtain a dissolution of marriage, both you and your spouse must not only agree to terminate your marriage, but also must agree to all the terms.  If you and your spouse cannot agree, then you will have to file for divorce in order to end your marriage. 

The following is a list of issues that must be settled with your spouse in order to obtain a dissolution of marriage:

1.)    Division of all your property and debts– This includes division of all real estate, bank accounts, retirement accounts, personal property, credit card … Read the rest