Dissolution

Ohio Divorce Attorney: What Do You Do?

A few years ago the only place that an attorney could advertise was the phone book.  Most attorneys chose to make the most of the ad space by publishing a “panel” of services they provided.  This list of services is going the way of the horse whip, but you still see it occasionally on web…

Read More

Divorce Papers: Read Carefully!

Read Your Papers! – The Contempt Trap for Divorce In a recent case decided by the State of Ohio’s 5th Appellate District, the importance of reading and understanding your divorce papers was made clear.  In Woodie v. Woodie, the wife filed a contempt motion against the husband for his failing to follow their agreement regarding…

Read More

10 Commandments of Divorce Court

1. Thou shalt not bring your child to divorce court. The ultimate interest of the divorce court is the best interest of the child.  Unless it is requested by the divorce court, bringing your child to the court with you is not in the best interest of the child.  Children do not need to be…

Read More

Divorce: Termination & Litigation

Marriages in Ohio can be ended in either a divorce or a dissolution.  A divorce is a contested hearing wherein one spouse alleges that  the other has been “at fault” under one of the statutory grounds for divorce permitted under Ohio law.  According to Ohio law, “fault” grounds include adultery, willful absence for more than…

Read More

Child Support Directly to My Ex-Spouse?

In my practice, I receive a lot of questions involving child support daily.  One of the most common questions I receive is as follows:  “Should I pay support directly to my spouse?” A similar question: “Why should I be in arrears when I give her (meaning the ex-spouse or partner) a lot of extra money for the children?” …

Read More

Legal Separation: An Option to Divorce

  Legal Separation – Protect Yourself and Keep Trying at the Same Time Legal separation is available to parties who do not wish to have a divorce granted, but do want to separate assets and liabilities and resolve issues relating to children and spousal support, or perhaps want to negotiate a settlement prior to additional…

Read More

Valuing Marital Assets Accurately–Extremely IMPORTANT!!

  One of the most important aspects of your divorce (besides custody of your children, of course) is to have correct valuations of marital assets.  Your attorney has the very important job of investigating, valuating, and objectively inventorying all marital assets.  Some assets have a readily ascertainable value, such as a bank account, publicly traded…

Read More

Temporary Restraining Order – A TRO Explained

What is a temporary restraining order? A temporary restraining order is a short-term, pre-trial, temporary injunction ordered by the court at the beginning of a divorce action.  The order is issued to protect both parties from immediate irreparable harm that they may suffer if the order is not issued.  The order protects a party from…

Read More

What constitutes Separate Property in Ohio?

  Separate Property is defined as all real and personal property, and any interest in real or personal property that is found by the court to be any of the following: An inheritance by one spouse by bequest, devise, or descent during the course of the marriage; Any real or personal property or interest in…

Read More