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Family Law

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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Tis the Season: Surviving Your Divorce Through the Holidays

It’s that time of year again. Holiday season is upon us. And even though so many of us perceive this time of year as a joyous one, one that will allow us to spend time with our family and friends, others are forced to suffer one of the many consequences of a divorce…….splitting time with…

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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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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…

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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…

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Prenuptial Agreements in Ohio

A prenuptial agreement, often called a prenup,  is an agreement to manage risks.  It is a document prepared and signed by two people who anticipate that they will marry. Its purpose is to manage riskvof a termination of the marital relationship by divorce, legal separation, or dissolution.  Ohio has not enacted the Uniform Premarital Agreement Act – approved…

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Child Custody and the UCCJEA

UCCJEA: Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act Child custody matters are the most emotionally charged, and most important, issues dealt with by divorce attorneys.  Custody disputes arise between parents during, but more frequently after a divorce or dissolution, or between unmarried biological parents, and sometimes grandparents.  When parents and their children live in one state, the courts of that…

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Divorce Law In Ohio: Divorce Causes

If you are seeking a divorce in Ohio, your complaint must allege, and the plaintiff (party filing the divorce complaint) must later prove, one or more of the following legal grounds for divorce: 3105.01 Divorce causes. The court of common pleas may grant divorces for the following causes: (A) Either party had a husband or…

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Division of Property and Date of Valuation

 Determining the Date Can Save You Money! Ohio Revised Code 3105.171 defines marital property as any asset accumulated by the parties at any time from the date of their marriage until the date of the final hearing in an action for divorce or legal separation. Imagine that you make the bold move of filing for…

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