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Criminal law: Child endangerment charges filed against Ohio woman

An Ohio woman has found herself in trouble with the law due to the conditions of her home. Police received complaints about a strong odor coming from this individual's apartment. What they found inside resulted in the woman being charged with child endangerment. A criminal law attorney may be able to help this individual navigate the court system.

According to a recent news report, police visited the home of the 31-year-old woman back in July. Upon approaching her front door, officers claim they could smell a strong odor coming from inside. When they entered the apartment, they claim to have found several bags of trash, spoiled food and dirty beds. The accused was home with her three children when authorities entered. She and her kids were removed and taken to her sister's home.

Business litigation over non-compete agreements happen

Non-compete agreements are pretty commonplace in the business world these days. Employers utilize them in order to protect their companies. The problem business owners in Ohio may have with these agreements is that they can open them up to business litigation if they are not worded correctly, or if the terms laid out in these documents are unreasonable.

What exactly is the purpose of a non-compete agreement? This is a contract between an employer and an employee. Once signed, it means that the employee agrees not to use company information in order to directly compete with the business owner if he or she ultimately leaves the company.

Ohio family law: Winning at divorce, is that possible?

When a marriage fails, it is easy to feel like a loser. Relationship failure is difficult to get over. The truth is, one shouldn't feel that way. Not all marriages work out and it takes guts to admit that and take the steps necessary to move on. An experienced family law attorney can assist Ohio residents achieve fair and balanced divorce settlements so that they can move on with their lives.

A recent article says that there is no winning in divorce. Is that true? The author suggests that most people feel they got the short end of the stick when it comes to their divorce settlements. At the end of the day, it all comes down to attitude. Divorce is an adjustment; splitting assets can hurt one's financial portfolio, but that does not mean that the settlement is bad.

Family law: When women make more money than men

In traditional relationships, husbands most often make more money than their wives. It has been this way for a long time. However, in Ohio and elsewhere things are changing. More women are starting to make more money than their husbands. This has changed their relationships and changed how family law settlements are drafted if a couple ends up getting divorced.

According to a recently published article in The New York Times, in approximately 25 percent of all couples, women are the primary breadwinners. That is up 7 percent since the 1980s. So, it is definitely a slow but steady rise.

Ohio family law: Child support and being honest about income

Ever hear the phrase honesty is the best policy? That is true for most aspects of one's life. Lying can have significant consequences. For example, in the family law world in Ohio or elsewhere, lying about income to get a lower child support obligation can hurt one's children and cause one to face criminal consequences.

A 40-year-old man in another state almost got away with lying to the court about his income in order to reduce the amount he had to pay to his child's mother. In 2013, this individual is said to have filed false payroll documents with the court showing a reduction in income that he claimed was the result of a schedule change. The court accepted these documents and granted him a support order that, over the years, resulted in him paying over $15,000 less in support. An investigation into another matter uncovered this issue.

Ohio policeman suffers personal injury in crash

An Ohio policeman was driving near his home when his patrol car was forced off the road by an SUV. He suffered injuries in the event. It is unclear if the officer was on the clock at the time of the incident. If he was, workers' compensation may cover some of his losses; if he wasn't, receiving fair compensation may prove difficult. A personal injury claim could help him fight for maximum relief.

On Monday, July 2, a police officer was driving his patrol car on East Middletown Road when the 62-year-old driver of an SUV backed his vehicle into the street, right in front of the officer. The policeman swerved, went off the road and hit a utility pole. The officer suffered unspecified injuries in the wreck. He was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital for treatment.

SUVs impact pedestrian personal injury and death statistics

Sport utility vehicles can be seen on roads all over the state of Ohio. The larger cars are quite popular for a number of reasons, and it would seem that they will continue to be the vehicle of choice for many people for the unforeseeable future. According to a recent report, the increase of SUV production and use over the last decade have had a negative impact on pedestrian safety. Pedestrians are suffering severe personal injury or even death more now than ever before. 

Why is the SUV to blame? Researchers at Michigan State suggest that the design of SUVs causes them to strike pedestrians in their upper body, causing damage to vital organs and often leading to fatality. Sedans and other smaller passenger cars, on the other hand, will strike pedestrians in the lower extremities. While victims may suffer significant injury, they are more likely to survive the incident. 

Ohio family law: Protect personal data during the divorce process

Thanks to device-syncing technology, many couples in Ohio and elsewhere own phones, tablets and computers that share personal information, such as user names and passwords, with each other. When going through the divorce process, this technology has made it easier for spouses to access each other's accounts and use information contained within against each other. In a recent article published by CNBC, family law attorneys suggest un-syncing devices and changing passwords in order to keep personal information protected during and after a divorce. 

Technology is meant to make life easier. In the throes of divorce, though, people often fail to consider how it can make things worse for them. In the same news article as mentioned above, one attorney told of a woman who was adamant about not changing her email password. Throughout her divorce, her spouse was reading her emails, including the ones to and from her legal counsel, which gave him a leg up when negotiating their settlement. 

Ohio family law: Think twice before posting to social media

Social media is a part of everyday life for most people. Numerous Ohio residents turn to sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to share details of their lives with family, friends and strangers. While these sites grant people connections with others, what one posts on social media can have severe consequences if one is not careful. A woman in another state found this out the hard way when she aired her family law issue on Facebook in a way that some found offensive and cruel.

According to a news report, a 27-year-old female post a picture of her son on the father's Facebook page. While that would normally be nothing out of the ordinary, the picture was of their child bound in duck tape with a ransom request for $7,000. The woman said it was a joke, but other people who saw the post did not take it that way. Police were alerted and the woman -- who was wanting child support paid to her -- was arrested for her actions.

Ohio family law: Lessons from the Jolie-Pitt custody case

Trying to figure out child custody arrangements when in the midst of dissolving one's marriage can be a challenge. Two parents can have widely different ideas on what they think is best for their children. When all is said and done, family law courts in Ohio and elsewhere understand that the child custody issue is not a one and done kind of thing. Modifications to initial custody plans may be necessary and have the ability to benefit everyone involved.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been fighting out their divorce case for nearly two years. When it all started back in Sept. 2016, Ms. Jolie was granted sole physical custody of the couple's six children. Pitt was granted visitation time -- time he feels is insufficient to maintain good relationships with his children.

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