At one point in time, if parents divorced in Columbus, a father was effectively out of his children's lives. Perhaps he would see them on the holidays or maybe he would get a weekend or two with his children, but the general assumption was that the children went with the mother following a divorce. Really, the only time that the father would have custody instead of the mother was if she was unfit to care for the children. Now, however, more and more fathers are demanding shared parenting arrangements and a fair amount of time with their children.
Ohio readers will likely be familiar with the songs made popular by music legend Stevie Wonder in recent decades. Now, the singer is making news with something other than his impressive musical talent, as he has filed for divorce from his wife of 11 years. Once finalized, this dissolution will be the second for the famed singer.
More states are focusing on parenting time, and Ohio residents may be interested to learn that one state is considering a law that would mandate nearly equal child custody time in some divorce cases. Unless there is evidence of child abuse or one parent causing substantial damage to a child, each parent would be awarded at least 45 percent of time as custodian of the children if the proposed legislation were to pass and become law.
In Ohio, child custody issues between same-sex couples just got more complicated. Two women decide they want to have a baby together. One woman makes arrangements to be artificially inseminated by a male friend, who in turn agrees to relinquish all parental rights.