Duration of Divorce: All Depends on Cooperation You can get married in a minute, but ending the marriage will take a little longer.  How long will your process last? – The best way to answer this question is to ask how much cooperation can you expect from your ex-spouse?  A high level of cooperation and trust will…

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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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Marriages may be legally ended in one of two ways–divorce or dissolution of marriage. In order to obtain a divorce, one party must allege that his or her spouse has been at fault under one of the statutory grounds. The only true “no fault” grounds for divorce permitted by Ohio is “living separate and apart…

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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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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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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…

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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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