Monthly Archives: May 2015

How to Defend Yourself Against a Wrongful Civil Protection Order

Posted Date:May 29, 2015 | Categories:

Civil Protection Order

Civil protection orders are meant to offer enhanced protection from harm to people for a limited amount of time.  Often, those in abusive relationships will file for a temporary retraining order, which can be granted by a domestic relations court.  If the temporary restraining order is violated, the person seeking protection can petition the court for a civil protection order to keep an abusive partner away. Most orders are necessary, but occasionally, the restraining orders and civil protection orders can be harmful to you and your relationship with your spouse or child.  In addition, many are issued with little or no investigation into the voracity of the claims presented in the affidavit of the spouse seeking the Civil Protection Order.  In the event you feel a restraining order or civil protection order has been wrongfully applied, it is important to contact an attorney.  

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7 Financial Mistakes to Avoid in a Divorce

Posted Date:May 26, 2015 | Categories:

7 Financial Mistakes in Divorce

Divorce is not just emotionally draining. If you do not proceed with caution it can also drain your finances. It is important to not allow the emotional stress of a divorce to overshadow important financial issues that will affect your future economic health. Divorce attorneys in Dublin, Ohio advise you to tread carefully during divorce proceedings to avoid these seven common financial pitfalls.

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Weighing the Pros and Cons of Paid vs. Free Legal Consultations

Posted Date:May 22, 2015 | Categories:

Free Legal Consultations

The old adage “you get what you pay for” is never more true than in the case of legal consultations. Here are a few “pros & cons” to consider when deciding whether to pay for legal consultation:

Paid Consultation

Free Consultation

·         Work on your case begins immediately

·         When you pay for your initial consultation, you can be sure the “free” consultation isn’t being wrapped into other case fees

·         You’re taking immediate steps to resolve the issue

·         A free initial consultation is often not valued or taken seriously by the client

·         You get what you pay for – is this just an advertising opportunity for potential representatives

·         Could be largely a waste of time or “shopping” experience that results in no net benefit

·         Delays decisions


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How to File for Divorce in Ohio

Posted Date:May 19, 2015 | Categories:

File for Divorce in Ohio

The decision to file for divorce can be one of the most difficult decisions a person will ever face. Once you have come to the realization that a relationship has moved beyond repair, knowing where to turn for good, reliable answers can be a daunting task. Friends and coworkers may have advice or offer anecdotal information that just serves to fuel anxiety and confusion.

Rather than spending time worrying about what the process might entail, associated costs, or even how to proceed, consider seeking help from an experienced divorce attorney serving the Columbus, Ohio area. An attorney can help you determine which path is best for your situation. Gaining confidence through understanding the process itself is a vital first step.

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Issues That Business Owners Face in a Divorce

Posted Date:May 15, 2015 | Categories:

Business Owners Face in a Divorce

Married couples in which one or both spouses are partners in a business must deal with additional challenges in the division of marital assets during the divorce process. Issues like taxation and business valuation require the expertise of an experienced family lawyer in Columbus, Ohio.

A business owner not only has to deal with the personal ramifications of divorce, but he or she also faces the possible loss of his or her livelihood and the practice or business he or she has worked so hard to build.

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Guide to Spousal Support & Alimony in Ohio

Posted Date:May 12, 2015 | Categories:

Guide to Spousal Support

The periods before, during, and after a divorce can be devastating for all parties involved. The courts take this into consideration and offer aid that can reduce the financial impact of divorce. Financial assistance that provides such support is called alimony, or spousal support in Ohio.

Spousal support is financial assistance paid from one former spouse to another. The spouse who is at a financial disadvantage will receive financial assistance from the former spouse who is at a financial advantage. This assistance helps them maintain the standard of living they had during the marriage and gain financial independence.

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Getting a Fair Divorce Settlement

Posted Date:May 11, 2015 | Categories: ,

Columbus Divorce Settlement

When sitting down at the negotiation table to talk about a divorce settlement, it’s important that you’ve done your homework.  Many say, “Just give me an equitable division,” but an equitable division often times is not a fair division of marital property.  To truly receive a fair settlement, it is important to know the value of joint assets.  Most couples have a general idea, but may never have completed a thorough accounting of joint and personal holdings.  Divorce is an emotional experience, and many don’t consider their financial future. Not only are some spouses unsure of what is marital property, but others also are not aware of the types of financial challenges that face them once the divorce is finalized.  This article will speak to the settlement of assets outside the courtroom, where you and your spouse will work with family law attorneys in Dublin Ohio to find what is fair, not just what is equitable. 

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How to Modify Child Support in Ohio

Posted Date:May 8, 2015 | Categories:

Modify Child Support in Ohio

Under Ohio Law, child support orders may be reviewed and modified every 36 months after the initial action, or after the previous review.  To modify, the obligor (person paying child support) or oblige (person receiving the child support payments) submits a request through the Child Support Enforcement Agency  (CSEA). The change requested can be an increase or a decrease.  Often as children grow, additional expenses become known to the obligee and thus a request is made to increase the support amount. 

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5 Reasons to Choose a Divorce Attorney Who Offers Paid Consultations

Posted Date:May 6, 2015 | Categories:

Paid Consultations divorce attorneys Ohio

“Free Consultations” are not really free – offering a free consultation is really not much more than an advertising gimmick or a “come-on” and the cost of the “free” consultation is absorbed into your final bill.

You get what you pay for…or not – chances are the “free consultation” will be a one-way exchange, and an advertising session on behalf of the attorney. There will be very little personalized information specific to your situation; rather, it will most likely be generalized process information. While that may be helpful, it is probably not what you really need.

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