Father’s Rights: Getting Past Your Child’s Refusal to Visit Your Former Spouse

Every parent knows what it is like to deal with a child’s not wanting to do something, whether it’s going to school or taking a bath. But what do you do when you’re divorced and your child refuses to visit his or her other parent?

In the bath or school scenario, the parent’s best bet is to ask the child why. This rule also applies to visitation refusal. If your child does not want to visit his or her other parent, you should first address the situation by posing that simple question.

It is within a father’s rights for him to see his child.

  In most cases, the reason for their refusal is nothing you need to worry about:
  • Your child may feel as if he is abandoning you and worry that you will think he loves the other parent more than you.
  • She may sense your own sadness or anxiety when the visit...
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How Does Adultery Affect Alimony Support?

Alimony, sometimes called spousal support, is a type of support payment from one spouse to another during or after their divorce. Alimony is awarded in situations where one spouse makes less than the other and is dependent on the other spouse. Alimony can be awarded by means of property or money. If money is awarded, it may be a one-time payment or installments. The way in which the amount is determined varies by state.

Alimony is used to provide the dependent spouse with money beyond that of child support, for things such as living expenses. It is paid until a court-ordered date or until the dependent spouse gets remarried, either spouse dies, or the court determines that dependent spouse has not made a reasonable effort to support him- or herself. Failing to pay alimony could have stiff penalties.

In Ohio, alimony is called spousal support. Unlike child support, no specific formula...
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Smart Advice: Child Support and Loss of Employment

At the peak of the Great Recession the unemployment rate in the United States was a whopping 10%. This rate has slowly decreased and currently stands at 5.3%. This is a big improvement, but more than 8 million Americans are still unemployed.

A child support order will not stop if you lose your job. If this happens to you, and you are among the country’s 14.4 million non-custodial parents with a court order to pay financial support, there may be more on your mind than just finding a new job. The thought “How am I going to pay child support when I have no income?” may have occurred to you. The most important thing about dealing with child support while unemployed is to cope with the situation promptly.

Your first inclination may be to explain the situation to your former spouse and come up with an informal agreement that allows you...
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