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Hidden marital assets: when impending exes don’t play fair

Some soon-to-be former spouses in Ohio aren’t inclined to routinely engage in ethical conduct during the divorce process. Although many dissolutions feature relative civility between splitting partners, legions too are marked by uncompromising behavior and hard-ball tactics.

Halloween looms large for law enforcers focused on DUI/OVI

As October marches steadily onward, an annually recurring marker is fast approaching that spells yearly fun for legions of Ohio residents.

That is next week’s circled calendar date spotlighting Halloween. Retailers have of course geared up for that, as have select homeowners who enthusiastically dress up their front yards and driveways with the requisite ghosts, goblins and other themed decorations. And holiday-linked activity is always festive and frenetic at local malls, restaurants/bars and other entertainment outlets.

So-called “gray divorce” concerns for splitting baby boomers

No, it’s not always a younger crowd of terminally unhappy couples that seeks to untie the marital knot. In fact, an older demographic -- namely, baby boomers -- leads the charge when it comes to divorce filings in Ohio and nationally these days. Multiple news sources routinely report on the appreciably spiked divorce rate among couples nearing retirement age.

Emotions don't have to overwhelm you in divorce

Emotional aspects of divorce are often some of the most difficult to handle. These usually come in waves, so you might feel happy for a bit and then sad after. While knowing what to expect won't take these feelings away, it can help you to have an idea of how to handle them when they happen.

One factor that you have to determine is why you are going through the emotion. Even though you know it is tied to the divorce, you need to figure out why it is happening right now.

Millennials increasingly embracing what their parents didn’t: prenups

We note a prominent point early on a firm website page focused upon prenuptial agreements at the established Ohio family law firm of Smith, Meier & Webb in Springboro.

We stress this: Contrary to a fading viewpoint that still regards such contracts as killers of romance, legions of Americans are progressively endorsing what they see as strong upsides in prenups. They recognize that the proactive steps taken in thinking about and executing a marital contract “can actually result in a long and successful marriage.”

Ohio takes hard, uncompromising stance in DUI/OVI cases

We prominently stress on a website page of our proven and broad-based Ohio law firm in Springboro what Smith, Meier & Webb is centrally about.

We note therein that our attorneys' fundamental and overriding goal always "is to protect the innocent and manage outcomes for people who made a mistake."

Empathy, sincerity and tailored advocacy in a wrongful death matter

Life sometimes deals cruel blows to families that can seem nearly incomprehensible. That is especially true in cases where a loved one’s life is taken owing to the negligent actions of one or multiple parties.

There is obviously one focus only for surviving family members in such an instance, and that is on grieving. Many other things that customarily seem important can become instantly trivialized. Families must deal with their loss.

Factoring in compensation types in a divorce

Proven family law attorneys with a demonstrated record of advocacy on behalf of diverse clients in high net worth divorces know that asset-linked issues can be comparatively challenging in such matters.

For starters, dissolutions featuring a high degree of wealth frequently focus closely upon myriad and varied property sources. An experienced high-asset divorce team in such cases routinely identifies, accurately values and ensures the equitable distribution of marital assets across a broad spectrum. Those can range from various investment/retirement accounts, a family business and company perks to stock options, bonuses, commissions and more.

Child adoption in Ohio

Nearly 16,000 Ohioan children are looking for a loving family to adopt them. If you are considering adoption, you may be ready to share your home and love with a child.

Whether you are planning to adopt on your own, with a spouse, or as a family, the adoption process can be long and discouraging. There are resources you can contact for guidance. The adoption agency that you choose will be able to walk you through the process.

Husband, son awarded $6.55 million in medical malpractice suit

For most families in Ohio and across the country, the time leading up to the birth of a baby is one filled with anticipation and excitement over what the future will bring. While there are inherent risks associated with the process of labor and delivery, many of them can be avoided or treated when quality health care is provided. Unfortunately, one man experienced both the happiness of his son's birth and the grief of his wife's death in a short period of time; this loss, he claims, was the result of medical malpractice

The man filed a wrongful death lawsuit in response to his wife's death, naming nine physicians, the hospital where the woman received treatment and the hospital's parent company as defendants. The lawsuit accuses the defendants of negligence during and after the birth of his now 3-year-old son in Oct. 2015 that led to his wife's death. Because the woman was experiencing preeclampsia, she was induced at 35 weeks; her son was ultimately delivered by cesarean section.

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