Parents in Ohio who are incarcerated or whose ex-spouse is incarcerated may be interested to learn that the Administration for Children and Families has created a regulation allowing prisoners to have their child support reduced. The new regulations are part of an overall Obama administration push toward federal prison reform.
With divorce on the rise for people at or over the age of 50, some Ohio couples who are considering breaking up might have been married for decades. People in that demographic were two times more likely to get a divorce in 2014 than they were in 1990. People over 65 have an even higher rate compared to their age group in the past.
For many divorced Ohio parents, living close together afterwards allows them to still maintain an active role in their children's lives. Over time, one parent often moves further away due to a new relationship or job. While some families make it work, others start to fall apart.
Many Ohio parents have had children without ever getting married and are now raising them on their own. Compared to kids living with married parents, these children are three times more likely to be poor. Unmarried parents produce around 40 percent of the children born every year. When a child is born to unmarried parents, it is best when each parent can contribute to a child's emotional and financial needs.
Handling teenagers can be difficult enough without adding divorce to the equation. When divorce becomes your family's reality, it can be hard on your teen. One reason is the custody agreement, making your teen split time between two homes. However, the good news is there are ways you can make the transition as smooth as possible for everyone.
Although the divorce rate is down, some experts say that any given couple in Ohio or elsewhere in the country still has about a 50/50 chance of seeing their marriage end in one. However, Bowling Green State University's National Center for Family and Marriage Research reports that in 2015, the divorce rate dropped to 16.9 divorces per 1,000 married women. This represents the lowest divorce rate in almost four decades.