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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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What is Required to Change Child Custody?

If your current court order is no longer working, you may be able to change your child custody arrangement. When one party has sole legal custody there must be a substantial change in circumstances with the legal custodian’s living situation or conduct before the court would consider modifying the existing child custody arrangement.  In a…

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Free Legal Advice: Don't Listen to It!

DANGER, DANGER! – Free legal advice can cost you a lot! When you have problems in your life you likely talk it out with your friends and family.  However, for legal advice you should only be seeking the advice of a licensed attorney in Ohio.  Attorneys often offer free legal advice about divorce and other legal…

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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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The Effects of Divorce on Children

Effects of Divorce on Children  – Trash Talking and the Damage Caused A divorce is a very emotional time for all parties involved.  Regardless of the reason for the split, both parties usually go through a wide array of emotions from happiness to uncontrollable rage.  Often these feelings are more intense when children are involved.…

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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…

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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?” …

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