Divorce Courts

St. Patrick's Day and Divorce

Don’t Rely on the Luck of the Irish to Protect Your Case on St. Patrick’s Day St. Patrick’s Day is a great holiday to celebrate with friends and family, and the only time of year to drink as much green beer as anyone could want.  When you are recently separated, divorced, or involved in another…

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Visitation and Unpaid Support

Can you deny Visitation to your ex-spouse as a punishment for failing to make timely child support payments?  The answer is unequivocally NO!  Failure to pay support never justifies cutting off visitation.  Also, if you are denied visitation, you cannot stop paying support either.  The duties are separate in nature.  If you are denied visitation,…

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Divorce vs. Dissolution: When Divorce Should Be Your Choice

When to Choose Divorce (Instead of Dissolution) Dissolution can be a great way to terminate a marriage, while keeping costs low, but it is not recommended in all situations.  Divorce should be the process pursued instead of divorce in the following situations: A party needs immediate relief from the court; A party is absent from…

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Temporary Orders and Divorce

After the formal filing of the divorce “Complaint,” you may pursue restraining orders to prohibit your spouse from taking actions that may dissipate the marital assets.   If appropriate, you may also be able to go to court to ask for reasonable support during the pendency of the divorce proceedings.  Typically, the court will restrain both…

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Allocation of Parental Rights & Responsibilities (Custody in Ohio)

Allocations of parental rights and responsibilities formerly referred to as “custody” are made in all divorces, dissolutions and legal separation where there are minor children that are not the subject of another court’s orders. Allocations are made consistent with the requirements and guidelines set forth in R.C. 3109.04. Specifically, the court will consider what is…

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Divorce Property Division: Marital v. Gift

Think That Was Gift?  – In Divorce, Not Unless it’s in Writing Prior to divorce couples often give each other gifts for various occasions and celebrations, or for no reason at all, but what happens to all those gifts when the couple splits-up is not so understood.  In Ohio, as a general rule, any property…

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Curbside Pick-up: Not a Good Idea for Divorce

DIVORCE: Kicking your spouse to the curb – make sure you don’t put their stuff there. Often in movies or commercials when couples split-up, the wife starts throwing all the husband’s stuff into the yard, or puts it in the trash.  While this is a funny scene in a commercial or movie, in reality it…

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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…

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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…

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Ohio Divorce Attorney: Discovery in Divorce

The Importance of Discovery in Divorce: Get an Attorney Who Understands the Details In any civil litigation matter, as in divorce, the discovery process can take anywhere from a short amount of time, to quite an extended amount of time, depending on the your specific situation, and what you are trying to discover.  Your attorney will…

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