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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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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In most divorces, the family home is the largest asset that will be divided in the litigation.  In addition to the purely financial considerations, many people are emotionally attached to their home.  Some people will put keeping the house as the most important priority in securing a proper environment for their children.  For parents with…

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Do you really want to fight your Dayton divorce case?  As an experienced family lawyer, I have never heard anyone say “I’m going to cooperate my divorce case.”  The truth of the matter is that the divorce process can be much more productive if you spend more time finding things you can agree upon, than…

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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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One of the most common questions that we will discuss at the beginning of your case is your income.  The definition of “income” under ohio law is found at Ohio Revised Code 3119.01.  Here is a list (according to statute) that your county Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) or the Court will utilize in determining how much…

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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 his wonderful book “A Whole New Mind,” Daniel Pink describes his vision of the future of matrimonial lawyers. Envisioning a world of easily accessible, do-it-yourself on-line forms, and inexpensive outsourced legal research, he says that the only role for lawyers will be that of counselor and litigator. The time of the big firm…

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There may be so much tension in your Greene County custody dispute that the court will require you and your ex-spouse to utilize the Greene County Family Visitation Center.  You can find the Visitation Center at 143 E. Market St., in Xenia, Ohio (note that this location is not near the Greene County Domestic Relations Court…

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