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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  Get Help and Get Your Life Back – Don’t let domestic violence continue another day! If you find yourself in an abusive relationship, GET OUT! Call 911! Call a friend! Call anyone who will help you! Do whatever it takes to get away from your abuser. Domestic violence is a crime that destroys families today…

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Divorce and Dissolution proceedings involving residents of Springfield and Clark County are heard in the Clark County Common Please Court, Domestic Relations Division.  The Clark County Domestic Relations Court is located at 31 N. Limestone Street (lower level), in downtown Springfield.  The Domestic Relations Court is located in its own building which is north of the…

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Natural Parent’s Small Monetary Gifts to Child Are Not ‘Provision of Support and Maintenance’ Under Adoption Law In, In re Adoption of M.B., Slip Opinion No. 2012-Ohio-236, the Supreme Court of Ohio ruled that when a biological parent of a child has failed, without justifiable cause, to make any court-ordered monthly child support payments for at least…

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Across the United States, almost 40% of children are born to unmarried parents.  Unmarried parents face obstacles that married couples do not.  Besides the fear and uncertainty, unmarried parents have to worry about establishing a workable visitation schedule, making realistic plans for the child’s education and religious upbringing, detailing expectations for child support.  These issues…

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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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Think before you speak!  – Divorce and Children Divorce and children are a complicated, emotional pair.  Nothing weighs more on divorcing parents’ minds then how the divorce will affect their children.  Many parents stay with a spouse they are no longer committed to, love, or from whom they suffer physical and emotional abuse because they…

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A divorce decree would be rendered useless if the issuing court lost jurisdiction to enforce it.  If you feel that your ex-spouse has violated one of the terms set forth in the Final Decree of Divorce, you can enforce that provision by using the issuing court’s CONTEMPT powers.  If a party violates the order or…

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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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Divorce or Dissolution? You may be able to save time and money by following Ohio’s simplified procedure for termination of your marriage. Ohio law provides that you may file a joint petition called a Petition for Dissolution. A dissolution represents an agreement between you and your spouse agree to all issues including the division of…

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