Ohio has changed a lot over the last several decades, and few other places have changed as much as this Akron suburb. In the 1990s, several neighboring cities tried to annex what was then the village of New Franklin. Furthermore, the town’s population has grown over 500% since 2000. At roughly the same time, New Franklin merged with the neighboring community of Franklin Township. That move largely fueled the aforementioned population growth.
Similarly, Ohio family laws have changed a lot recently. In the 1970s, the Buckeye State was one of the first jurisdictions to adopt a joint custody law. This measure eliminated the old “tender years” doctrine, which usually resulted in mothers receiving full custody of their children. In the early 2000s, Ohio was also one of the first jurisdictions to adopt a co-parenting law. This law presumes that children benefit from frequent, meaningful, and consistent contact with each parent.
Specific provisions of the law have changed, but the overall principles remain largely unchanged. At the Fout Law Office, we always keep the best interests of our clients in mind. At the same time, we never overlook the details. This approach usually produces results that exceed our clients’ expectations.
A generation ago, most children grew up in “traditional” households. Today, most children grow up with step-families, adoptive parents, in single-parent homes, or in other such “nontraditional” arrangements. To keep pace with the changing nature of Ohio families, the New Franklin family law attorneys at the Fout Law Office offer a diverse range of services, including:
These orders are never set in stone. As your family changes, the orders must change as well. These alterations could be physical, emotional, financial, or some combination of all three.
Child support is a good example. As children grow and change, their needs often change, as well. Frequently, existing orders must be modified appropriately. Incomes also change frequently, as do a child’s attachment to one or both parents. As a result, the child support amount might need a second look.
Courtroom showdowns are great in movies and TV, but the real world is often different. Trials are expensive and draining. Additionally, trials often leave lasting emotional wounds that never entirely heal. As a result, trials only resolve a handful of family law disputes.
Frequently, collaborative law is a better way. Rather than going to court, the parties meet about once a month to discuss issues like property division, spousal support, and parenting time division. If an outside expert is needed, like a child psychologist, the parties divide the cost.
Collaborative law completely removes the adversarial element from a family law case. As such, the parties have total control over the outcome. Collaborative law is often an empowering experience, as well. When future disputes arise, many parties reason that if they talked through their problems once, they could do so again.
Other trial alternatives include mediation, a mini-trial, and arbitration. These are all very good solutions in some cases.
Today’s diverse families have diverse legal needs. For a confidential consultation with an experienced New Franklin family law attorney, contact the Fout Law Office, LLC. After-hours visits are available.
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