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  • What to Do When a Parent Withholds Visitation

    When parents file for divorce , they will typically have a child custody and visitation agreement in place once the separation becomes final. While some parents are able to raise their children in an amicable and respectful manner, others find it extremely difficult to get along. In some instances, the custodial parent will deliberately withhold visitation from the noncustodial parent. However, ...
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  • Ohio Marijuana Laws in 2019

    Ohio has not legalized the recreational use of marijuana. However, it does permit the medicinal use of cannabis by individuals with qualifying conditions and has decriminalized marijuana to some degree – particularly when it comes to first- time possession of small amounts. For example, possession of fewer than 100 grams of pot in Ohio is a minor misdemeanor that carries a $150 fine. Minor ...
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  • Drug Deaths in Ohio Increase Due to the Opioid Epidemic

    In 2017, more than 13 people died each day due to drug overdoses, marking a new high as Ohio continues to battle the opioid epidemic. The increased death rate is likely due to more overdoses caused by fentanyl and Carfentanil mixed with cocaine and methamphetamine. Ohio already has some of the highest fatal overdose numbers in the nation, and it’s only been growing in recent years: 2014: 2,531 ...
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  • How Facebook Might Hurt Your Divorce Case

    If you are going through a divorce , you need to be careful with the things you post on Facebook and other social media sites. Your social media pages can end up playing a major role in your case if you post the wrong thing. One survey from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers , revealed that 81% of divorce attorneys say they have seen an increase in the amount of cases where social media ...
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  • Does Ohio Have a Definition of Consent?

    Consent: the word that decides if an act is legal or illegal. We continually hear about stories of people who take advantage of someone who does not consent to an act; however, how many of us know the definition of consent? Here’s a litmus test: did you know that most states have their own legal definition of consent? With this in mind, it’s crucial you find out if Ohio has its a legal definition ...
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  • Ohio’s New Expungement Statute Explained

    If you have been convicted of a crime, it can detrimentally impact your future. This is because all of your previous charges and convictions appear on your criminal record, which can be viewed by employers and educational institutions trying to decide whether you should be given an offer of employment or admission. On October 29, 2018, the state of Ohio expanded expungement laws under ORC § ...
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  • Which Spouse Is Entitled to Alimony?

    Determining which spouse is entitled to alimony can be a confusing and complex process. Many people have the misconception that the wife is always guaranteed alimony when a marriage comes to an end. However, neither spouse is guaranteed spousal support, regardless of how long the marriage lasted. When it comes to divorce , spousal support can be awarded to both husbands and wives. Alimony is ...
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  • What Crimes Require Me to Register as a Sex Offender?

    As sex crimes attorneys , we are frequently asked about which convictions require registry on the state’s list of sex offenders. Ohio’s registry of sex offenders shows where people convicted of sex crimes live, work, and go to school. A quick glance at the registry will reveal that thousands of people living in the state have been required to register as sex offenders. In 2017, nearly 20,000 ...
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  • How to Boost Self-Confidence After Divorce

    After you have wrapped up your divorce and moved away from your ex to start your own life, it can be difficult to move on past your marriage and redefine who you are. Although you weren’t a completely different person when you were married, things will be different now that you are divorced. During this transition phase, it is important to be aware of the things that can shape your self-image and ...
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  • Stories of False Accusations Ruining Lives

    Nowadays, it’s nearly impossible to go on social media without seeing stories of sexual assault allegations. It’s good that more victims are coming forward with their stories, but some people are taking advantage of the attention that accusations of sexual misconduct bring about. As a result, false accusations of sexual assault are arguably more common than ever before. Here are some stories of ...
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  • Why You Shouldn’t Use a Public Defender

    Public defenders are paid by the government and appointed by courts for cases involving defendants who do not have the financial resources to hire a private attorney. However, public defenders are overburdened with their case load and face numerous obstacles caused by an underfunded public defense system. In this blog, we explain why you shouldn’t use a public defender if you are facing criminal ...
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  • How to Prepare for Your Child Custody Hearing

    When a couple gets divorced, child custody disputes are usually one of the biggest obstacles they must overcome. If you are getting divorced and want to obtain custody of your child, you will need to attend a child custody hearing. Before you argue your case in front of a judge, you need to make sure you know what to expect from the hearing. In this blog, we explain what you need to do to prepare ...
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  • Child Custody Arrangements for the Holidays

    Although the holiday season is the time of year when most families get together for celebrations, it can also be a can be very stressful time for divorced parents. One of the biggest sources of conflict for divorced couples during the holidays is figuring out a fair custody schedule that will allow both parents to spend time with their children. In this blog, we explain a few ways you can avoid ...
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  • What to Do if You Have Been Arrested

    Getting arrested can be a frightening and stressful experience, especially if it’s your fist time being put in handcuffs. Below, we explain what you should and shouldn’t do if you are arrested by law enforcement. If you are accused of committing a crime, do the following things: Remain silent and remember that anything you say to police can be used against you in court. Although you do not have to ...
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  • How Do I Modify an Order for Spousal Support?

    Spousal support, also known as alimony, is awarded in a divorce to the spouse with the lower income. The purpose of spousal support is to help bring balance to the life of the lower earning spouse and to allow them to maintain their lifestyle both during and after the divorce. In this blog, we discuss different types of spousal support and how to modify an order for alimony. Temporary Alimony ...
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