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New family law trend: splitting up but staying together

The whole point of getting a divorce is to free oneself from a toxic relationship. Ohio couples who have tried to make their marriages work but who have been unsuccessful at doing so just want to move on with their lives. When children are involved, though, or finances are not in a good place, moving on may not be as easy as people think. This is why the new family law trend of splitting up but staying together is gaining traction. 

This concept is being showcased in a new television show on ABC. Splitting up Together follows the life of a couple who decides to divorce but remain living on the same property -- each adult taking turns living in the house for a week, while the other stays in the garage apartment. They opted to do this for two reasons: it keeps the children in their home, and gives them time to pay down their mortgage and wait for a better time to sell.

Is sleep apnea responsible for your personal injury?

Every day, Ohio residents wake up and leave the safety of their homes to go to work or school, run errands or participate in a number of activities. They do this with the hope that, at the end of the day, they will return home safely. Unfortunately, there are those who will and have found themselves involved in accidents with commercial vehicles, leaving them with significant personal injury that cause damages both economic and non-economic in nature. 

Truck accidents happen every day. When they do, authorities will look at every possible cause. The one common cause that will be addressed today is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is disordered breathing while one sleeps. Numerous truck drivers have this.

Ohio criminal law: Man facing domestic violence charges

An Ohio man is behind bars due to an alleged incident of domestic violence. Police arrested him on Wednesday, April 4, in Brookfield. This individual would likely benefit from the services of an experienced criminal law attorney as he works to fight his case in court.

According to a recent news report, police were called to the home of a 24-year-old male after a female called in an assault complaint. When authorities arrived at the home, they allegedly heard yelling and attempted to enter the residence. The accused initially refused to let them enter, but they eventually made their way inside. The victim claims that the accused began arguing with her earlier in the car and that he repeatedly struck her head -- with his hands and a pizza -- while she was operating the vehicle. Once home, the accused allegedly fought with a neighbor and then went inside and trashed the house.

Suffer a personal injury at the hands of a medical provider?

Whether you were in good shape before going to the doctor or already dealing with an ailment, you sought medical care because you felt you should. You trusted your doctor to take good care of you. However, when all was said and done, you ended up suffering a personal injury because of the care you received. Ohio residents who are hurt at the hands of their medical providers may have legal recourse.

There are times when filing medical malpractice claims are deemed appropriate and times when they are not. In order for a medical injury to qualify as malpractice, there has to be negligence involved. Your doctor or other health care providers made a mistake due to failing to meet a certain standard of care. To see a list of examples of medical malpractice, please take a minute to visit our firm's website.

Family law mistakes to avoid

When going through the divorce process in Ohio or elsewhere, there are a lot of mistakes that people make that only end up hurting them in the long run. Some of these mistakes can be avoided easily, especially is one has an experienced family law attorney at his or her side. Here are some of the most common mistakes made during the divorce process.

Mistake number one: failing to be prepared. When filing for divorce, a lot of personal information needs to be gathered and ready to share with one's attorney, the other party's legal counsel and -- if the case ends up in court -- the judge. Too many people fail to gather or share all the necessary information which can slow down the overall process and even result in the rejection of certain requests.

Ohio family law: Types of joint custody living arrangements

Divorce is hard. Divorce when children are involved is even more so. More parents, and courts, in Ohio are choosing joint child custody arrangements -- as they are proven, in many cases, to serve the best interests of the children. Figuring out how to make such arrangements work, though, can take some time. A family law attorney can help create a custody plan that fits a family's needs.

Traditionally, when a joint custody arrangement is ordered, children are the ones who get shuffled back and forth between their parents' homes. Some children struggle doing this. It is understandable, especially when they are young. This is why parents are starting to get more creative in their post-divorce living arrangements.

Have a wrongful death case? A personal injury attorney can help

Losing a loved one is never an easy thing to get through. When the loss is the result of another person's negligent actions, it can make the situation even more unbearable. If you are one of the many Ohio residents who thinks you may have a wrongful death case on your hands, a personal injury attorney with experience handling such cases may be able to help you seek compensation for your losses.

How do I know if filing a wrongful death claim is appropriate? Some cases may be pretty straightforward. For example, a drunk driver hit your husband's car and he died upon impact. Drunk driving is considered a negligent (as well as criminal) action. If you can successfully establish that the driver responsible was indeed drunk at the time of the crash -- usually through police and toxicology reports -- filing a wrongful death claim would likely be appropriate.

How Bitcoin is creating problems in family law circles

Bitcoin, the popular cryptocurrency, has been in the news quite frequently since its inception in 2009. Most recently, it made headlines for its massive value gains and losses -- that is what most investors care about, right? However, another reason it has been in the news as of late is due to the problems it is causing in family law circles in Ohio and elsewhere.

According to a family law attorney, Bitcoin and other virtual currencies are causing quite a few problems in divorce cases. It is believed that numerous individuals are turning to cryptocurrency as a way to hide assets. While keeping marital assets from the divorce process is wrong, virtual currency is making it fairly easy to do.

Criminal law: Man wanted for crime arrested out of state

A Warren man wanted for secretly recording people in a tire shop bathroom has been arrested in another state. Police are still working on gathering evidence before they officially file charges against him and begin the process of having him brought back to Ohio for prosecution. If or when that happens, this individual will have the right to retain a criminal law attorney of his choosing to help him fight the charges in court.

According to a recent news report, roughly seven people were allegedly recorded while using the restroom at Bones Tires. One of the victims claims that when she and her family confronted the accused -- a 55-year-old male and close family friend -- he left the premises in her vehicle and hasn't been seen since. This reportedly happened in December.

Ohio family law: Is mediation a good fit?

The idea of going through a divorce may seem rather daunting. Movies and television make it seem like fighting things out in court is the norm -- this is not true, however. Not everyone wants to or has to go that route. Ohio residents can utilize mediation, which is a family law alternative dispute resolution method that can save time and money, and put a couple in control.

For whom will mediation work? Mediation can work for any couple who is ready and willing to negotiate. This does not mean that both parties need to be prepared to end up with a settlement with which they are unhappy. It just means that a little give-and-take may be required to reach a settlement both parties feels is fair.

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