As the result of a 2005 Court Advisory Committee Report, the Ohio Supreme Court has published an interactive guide entitled "Planning for Parenting Time: Ohio's Guide for Parents Living Apart." According to the Court's news release, this guide is "child-centered" and "provides guidelines for parenting time schedules... and customized options and ideas to structure parenting time based on the child’s age, the level and civility of the parents’ interaction and the daily schedule parents and children maintain." Specifically, the guide "contains at least 20 different parenting time options with sample schedules, tips, and pros and cons of using each option. The guide also covers how to handle holidays, vacations, and school breaks as well as modifying plans to account for long-distance parenting and relocations." The Court plans to send a print version of this guide to all Ohio domestic relations and juvenile court judges, as well as all legal aid organizations. However, the interactive version is already available on the Internet.
Akron is the site of Ohio's very first Domestic-Violence Felony Court. According to the Columbus Dispatch:
"The court in Akron, funded mostly by grants, will handle cases of repeat violent felonies between spouses, former spouses and other couples throughout Summit County. Among charges the court might handle are aggravated arson, rape, aggravated assault, felony menacing by stalking and kidnapping."
Apparently, the court already has 15 cases since it started on October 3rd, with a goal of adjudicating 350 cases per year. The article also indicates that "A goal [of the new court] is to keep offenders out of prison by using intensive probation that would ultimately land an offender behind bars if it’s violated."
Yesterday, September 28, 1011, HB 153 changed the rules governing sanctions for failure to pay child support in Ohio. Among other changes, the new law allows parents who can pay some support to keep or get their driver's license. It appears that the law encourages parents to work in an attempt to pay off their child support obligations and arrearages. A decent summary of the new law can be found in the Plain Dealer. Interestingly, an earlier article from onntv indicated that 341 parents are currently serving as inmates because they have not paid their child support.