Ohio is a common law state, which means the law is created not only by the legislature through statutes, but also by judges through the decisions they make in their courtrooms. Consequently, the courts in the different counties of Ohio will reach different decisions on the same matter. The statutes are merely a starting point. As a starting point, the most commonly referenced statutes are in regards to:

  • Parenting Times, Parenting Rights
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Property Division


The court determines what will be in the best interests of the child when it considers appropriate parenting times.  To determine what is in the best interests of the child, the court considers the factors in Ohio Revised Code, Section 3109.04(F)


The calculators for child support that are online are usually not accurate. For an accurate number, contact Laurie because she uses the same program many of the courts use, or you can calculate support by hand following the worksheets in Ohio Revised Code, Sections 3119.021, and 3119.022  Deviations from child support are addressed in Ohio Revised Code Sections 3119.22 and 3119.23.


The court has factors it reviews when determining whether spousal support is appropriate, and how much should be paid. Those factors are listed in Ohio Revised Code Section 3105.18(C).


Dividing property can sometimes be challenging when determining what constitutes marital property. Property division is addressed in Ohio Revised Code Section 3105.171. Section 3105.171(C)(1) addresses the division of marital property.