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Ohio family law: How to live with an ex

Every year, numerous Ohio couples choose to end their marriages. While many move out of the shared home and move on with their lives right away, there are others who continue living together until their divorces are finalized or well after that has occurred. Living with an ex is not necessarily easy, but sometimes, it is a necessity. With the assistance of a family law attorney, ground rules can be set to make the situation more manageable.

The first rule that will be discussed is: mind personal space. In a pre-divorce agreement or final dissolution agreement, it is possible to name personal space within a shared home. Usually, each party will be granted a bedroom that is off limits to the other party.

Ohio family law: Out-of-state child support issues

Sometimes after divorce -- whether for work, new relationships, the need for support or the need to start over -- some people relocate out of state. If these individuals are ordered to pay child support or have orders to receive it, they may have questions about how an out-of-state move will affect those orders. The truth is, all states are required to uphold family law orders, even if they were granted in another state. So, child support orders issued in Ohio or elsewhere will still stand regardless of where each parent lives now or in the future.

What makes this possible? The Uniform Interstate Family Support Act allows states to enforce child support orders, regardless of where the orders were written. For those trying to collect support from a former spouse who relocated out of state, this means that they can seek enforcement assistance from the payer's new state of residence. A few enforcement options available include:

  • Wage garnishment
  • Prosecution
  • Tax refund interception
  • Personal and professional license suspension

Suffer a personal injury or the loss of a loved one?

Have you suffered an injury or the loss of a loved one in an auto accident? Did a medical provider cause you or a loved one to suffer a personal injury? Did an incident at work leave you or a family member in pain and unable to return to work -- either temporarily or permanently? If so, according to the state of Ohio, you may have legal recourse.

People suffer injuries or the loss of loved ones in all sorts of events every single day in Ohio. When these events happen, there is usually an initial period of shock followed by planning for one's new future. During this difficult time, it is okay to ask questions like: Who is responsible for my losses and can I seek compensation?

Family law topic: Ideas to help kids cope with divorce

There are no set instructions for raising children. One Ohio family's needs may be quite different than another. However, when it comes to family law issues, such as divorce, there are certain practical ideas that are applicable in most situations that can help children come to terms with divorce and adapt to their new lifestyles in a healthy manner. 

One of the best things a parent who is concerned about his or her children in divorce can do is to make sure he or she is reaching out for support as needed. If a parent's emotions are all over the place, and a mother or father lacks the emotional energy or stability needed to be a source of support to children, it may have a negative effect on the whole family. On the other hand, when children witness their parent taking steps toward closure and emotional healing, they are more likely to follow suit regarding their own feelings. 

Ohio family law: Protecting your business in the event of divorce

A good number of men and women in Ohio own their own companies. The last thing they want is for something to tear their businesses apart. Unfortunately, the one thing that may end up doing just that is their marriages. The sad reality is, not all marriages make it. If, with the assistance of a family law attorney, the proper steps are not taken to protect one's business, it may not survive the divorce process.

A Forbes article was recently published regarding women business owners and how they need to divorce-proof their companies. In the article, it discussed two women in particular. One had co-founded a company with her husband and another who opened her business all on her own.

Ohio family law courts may consider your child's custody wishes

Divorce is hard on children. The way custody arrangements are set up can help make it a little easier for them to deal with how their family dynamic is changing. At some point, Ohio family law courts may even allow them to have a say in terms of who they want to live with.

Giving a child a say when it comes to custody matters is actually a big deal. Not all states offer this. Ohio does, but courts are very careful about when to allow a child's wishes impact a custody outcome.

Ohio criminal law: Charged with shoplifting?

Ohio residents who find themselves facing shoplifting charges may not think they have much to fear. It is a minor crime, right? No one is hurt by it, are they? The truth is, shoplifting is not a minor crime and business owners and consumers are hurt by it. The consequences of conviction can be significant, which is why having a criminal law attorney on one's side may prove invaluable when fighting such a charge in court.

Shoplifting is defined as purposefully removing or attempting to remove goods from a place of business with the intent to not pay for them. Shoplifting is broken down into two different categories: petty theft and grand theft. It all comes down to the value of the merchandise one is accused of stealing.

Ohio family law: Everything you need to know about child support

When divorcing or separating from one's significant other and children are involved, one party will likely have to pay child support. It is generally how it goes. Ohio family law courts just want not make sure children have the financial support they need to be taken care of. Unfortunately, the child support issue can be a bit confusing. This column will address the basics of how child support works in Ohio.

Every state has a specific calculation for figuring out a base child support amount. The court will look at how many children require support, how much each parent makes and how much time the children will spend with each parent. All forms of income are considered when figuring out one's support obligation. Once this base amount is determined, the court may increase how much the paying parent is responsible for depending on any extra needs of the affected children and what standard of living the children were used to when their parents were together.

Facing a DUI charge? A criminal law attorney can help with that

If you are accused of driving under the influence in Ohio, you likely have a lot of questions about what this can mean for your future. Will you have to spend time behind bars? What other consequences are tied to a DUI conviction? Is there any way out of this? An experienced criminal law attorney will be able to answer these and any other questions you have about your case.

When charged with DUI, it is normal to feel uncertain and even scared about what will happen next. You have no idea how this can affect you and your family. What you need to know about DUI charges is this:

  • The more offenses you have on your record, the greater the penalties will be if you are convicted this time around.
  • Police are not perfect.
  • An arrest and DUI charge does not guarantee a conviction.
  • Refusing sobriety testing can work to your benefit.

Let a family law attorney help with your gray divorce

Many older couples are choosing to end their marriages right before or during their retirement years. There are a number of reasons for this, but some believe many who do this just want to live out their retirement years without being tied down in unhappy marriages. Whatever the reason, Ohio residents who file for divorce later in life may want an experienced family law attorney at their sides to help them through the process.

For the last several decades, the United States has seen gray divorce rates slowly rising. With this increase in later-in-life divorces have come concerns over the splitting of complex assets -- such as retirement accounts. Few people plan for divorce right before or during retirement. The thought of having to divide retirement accounts can be devastating to some.

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