Ohio Supreme Court Order Offers Guidance on Gender Specific Terms
The Ohio Supreme Court issued an order today to provide some guidance to Ohio’s courts governing references to familial relationship terms found in the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio and related forms and the Uniform Domestic Relations Forms found in the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure.
The terms husband, wife, father, mother, parent, spouse and others are to “be construed as gender neutral where appropriate to comply with the decision of the United States Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, Case No. 14-556.”
The order further states that it will remain in effect until the rules and forms “are amended to reflect the changes contained in this Order.”