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Financial records can expose hidden assets during a divorce

During or after the breakdown of a marriage, it is common for spouses to distrust each other. However, sometimes this distrust is justified. Although it is unethical and illegal, a spouse will sometimes try to hide financial assets to avoid splitting them during divorce. If you think your spouse could be hiding assets, it is important to act quickly to avoid any additional marital assets disappearing.

People usually hide assets by transferring the assets to someone else temporarily, claiming the asset was lost, creating fake debt or denying the asset existed at all. However, it is often possible to find a paper trail for these money movements.

Ohio family law: Divorce can get ugly

When a marriage comes to an end, it is normal to want the divorce process to be quick, painless and peaceful. Some Ohio couples are able to accomplish that while others are not. Divorce can get ugly for some couples -- it is just a fact of life. Regardless if one's dissolution is amicable or a mess, a family law attorney can help one through it.

An example of a marriage gone sour and a divorce getting out of hand was recently shared by a divorce attorney in another state. She has practiced for more than two decades and has pretty much seen it all. This particular case, though, was one of the worst she has ever experienced.

New law attempts to decrease distracted driving in Ohio

It's no secret that the Buckeye State needs to reduce distracted driving. In the last couple of years, the number of pedestrian deaths in Ohio continuously increased to the point where 2017 gave us the most fatalities in the decade. 2018 does not look to be faring well either. Many of these accidents were the result of motorists not paying attention to the road in front of them.

Recently, the state chose to pass House Bill 95 to reduce the number of distracted drivers in the state. This new law came into effect last Monday on October 29. It is important to be aware of this new law and what it does so you are aware of the potential penalties you could face in a distracted driving accusation.

Ohio family law: Who sets child custody terms?

Every year, numerous couples in Ohio choose to end their marriages. When they have children, figuring out child custody arrangements can be difficult. At the end of the day, it is all about determining what is best for their kids. Sometimes, parents can figure that out on their own, and sometimes, the issue has to be settled in court. Either way, each parent can turn to a family law attorney for assistance fighting for a custody agreement that they feel serves their children's best interests.

The state honestly prefers that parents try to work out child custody matters on their own. When each parent gets a say, they are more likely to come to terms with which both are comfortable. There are a few ways in which parents can reach child custody terms without going to court: private negotiations with or without legal counsel, informal negotiations with legal counsel or by utilizing an alternative dispute resolution method -- such as mediation. No matter how one goes about it, having one's attorney review the terms before signing anything is usually a good idea.

Ohio family law: Divorce and the handling of credit card debt

The majority of couples in the United States have some level of shared debt. Credit card debt tends to be a big problem in most households. Who is responsible for that debt when a marriage ends? Here is what Ohio family law has to say about it.

Ohio is an equitable distribution state. This means that all shared property, whether it is positive or negative in value, will be split in an equitable manner between both spouses in a divorce agreement. This does not mean a 50/50 split is to be expected. It just means that the final property division settlement needs to be fair for both parties.

Did a surgical mistake cause you to suffer a personal injury?

Every year there are a good number of Ohio residents who require surgical treatment for a range of medical issues. When going under the knife, there is always hope that one will not experience any complications and that the surgical staff will get through one's procedure error-free. Unfortunately, surgical errors are more common than people think, leaving victims to experience physical, emotional and financial damages. An experienced personal injury attorney can help victims of surgical mistakes seek relief for their losses.

According to current statistics, up to 440,000 people in the United States die every year as a result of medical mistakes, and many more suffer injuries. It is believed surgical errors contribute to a good chunk of those injuries and deaths. What causes surgeons to make mistakes?

Unhappy with the state-calculated child support amount?

Not everyone leaves their marriage with divorce terms with which they are truly satisfied -- particularly when it comes to money matters. Child support is one of those things that parents in Ohio and elsewhere tend to fight over. The state offers a basic calculation for child support that is used to find how much the support providing parent needs to pay. If you are unhappy with that base amount, you may be able to negotiate for more or less, depending on your circumstances and the needs of your children.

Child support is generally determined by looking at each parent's income, the number of children requiring support and the specific needs of those children. The base amount received by utilizing the state's child support formula is usually just enough to cover a child's most basic needs, not much more. The state stands pretty firm on that base amount, rarely allowing the paying parent to pay less -- unless a loss of income is experienced. The payment amount can go up if there is sufficient reason for it, such as the need to maintain a certain standard of living or if outside child care is required -- among various other things.

Ohio family law: When your ex won't follow the divorce agreement

A divorce agreement is a legally binding contract. Once signed, both parties are expected to live up to the terms; in fact, it typically is included in and survives the judgment of divorce. Unfortunately, some people in Ohio and elsewhere find that their exes will not abide by the settlement contract. When that happens, a family law attorney may be able to help with term enforcement. This type of issue is currently being seen in the Terry and Linda Bollea divorce case.

Terry Bollea, famously known as Hulk Hogan, was married to Linda for 25 years before their union officially ended in divorce. His wife reportedly did a lot to help him build his Hulkamania business. As such, she requested that she be granted 40 percent of future earnings as part of the divorce settlement. Hogan agreed to this, and he also gave Linda properties valued at $3 million and 70 percent of their liquid assets.

Ohio criminal law: Mother could face child endangerment charges

An Ohio mother could soon face child endangerment charges after her toddler was found wandering around outside alone. This type of charge is nothing to take lightly. If this mother is charged and ultimately convicted, she could lose her parental rights and face a number of other consequences. With so much on the line, this individual may find a criminal law attorney a valuable asset to have on her side.

According to a recent news report, a 3-year-old girl was found walking around the Warren Heights apartment complex unaccompanied on Jan. 11. She was wearing a jacket and shoes, but she did not have pants on. No one knows how long she had been outside. The police were called and it was not until a neighbor recognized the child that her mother was located.

Ohio family law: Is filing for divorce the right move?

When a relationship is in a rocky place, it can be difficult to see how it could possibly get any better. Not all marriages work out, but that does not mean divorce is the only answer when dealing with a struggling relationship. How can Ohio residents be sure divorce is the right move? How can a family law attorney help those who are considering ending their marriages?

Every marriage has its problems. Couples fight. They disagree on money issues, lifestyle differences, intimacy expectations and how to raise their children -- among a variety of other things. These disagreements are generally not enough to break up a marriage.

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