Ohio has Cast Aside Traditional Familial Designations in All Family Court Cases, Opting for Gender Neutral Terms

March 22, 2016

The Ohio Supreme Court has adopted the use of gender-neutral references in family court cases in place of words such as husband and wife, son and daughter,  following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling legalizing gay marriage across the country.


The updates to the Ohio high court rules and forms take effect today - Tuesday, March 22, 2016.


The Ohio order includes father, mother, brother, sister, husband, wife, to be replaced with parent, sibling, and spouse in its description of terms expressing familial relationships. No word yet on a consensus term to replace aunt or uncle.


This covers the areas of divorce, child support, guardianships, adoption, domestic relations and domestic violence.


The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last summer declared Ohio's 2004 gay marriage ban unconstitutional, along with similar bans in 13 other states.


The Ohio Supreme Court in Columbus is adopting the use of gender-neutral references in family court cases: U.S. News, March 15 2016



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