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  • Alimony & Cohabitation in Ohio

    In an Ohio divorce , a judge may order the more financially stable spouse to make alimony payments to the other spouse until either spouse passes away (if the marriage lasts at least 20 years) or the divorce decree states otherwise. However, it is not uncommon for either spouse to start dating—or even move in with a new flame. When an ex-spouse starts living together with a romantic partner and ...
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  • The Age of Consent in Ohio

    In typical romantic relations, nearly anything is legal as long as both parties consent to the act. However, those under the age of consent can never have legally permissible sexual encounters, even if they are willing participants. Therefore, all Ohioans should know the age of consent in our state. The Age of Consent in Ohio The age of consent in Ohio is 16 years old. Therefore, anyone who is 16 ...
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  • Ohio Hemp Law Causes Issues Prosecuting Marijuana Crimes

    Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed House Bill 57 into law on July 30, 2019, legalizing the cultivation and sale of hemp and hemp-based products such as CBD. In response to the new legislation, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost told state prosecutors to hold off pursuing marijuana charges —or dismissing such cases altogether. According to Ohio law, hemp is defined as cannabis with less than .03 percent ...
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  • Is Sexting a Crime in Ohio?

    Teenage romance has evolved with the coming of the digital age. Nowadays, one of the most common forms of flirting is “sexting,” which is defined as sending sexually graphic images or text messages—often through cell phone. But when a relationship ends, the bitter ex may attempt to damage the other person’s reputation in school and the community, causing lasting embarrassment and shame. This ...
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  • Determining the Boundaries of Consent

    Consent is the difference between a fun-filled evening and an illegal act. Unfortunately, many people do not realize that there are boundaries to consent. Here are a few examples of the limitations of consent. People Can Withdraw Consent Many people believe consent is set in stone once it’s given, but that’s not the case. Consent isn’t permanent: people can take away their consent to sexual acts. ...
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  • Who Gets the Family Pet in an Ohio Divorce?

    One of the most important members of many families is their pet. But in the event of a divorce , who will keep the family’s beloved furry, feathered, or scaled friend? While many states treat animals as property, there are some that view family pets more like children. According to a recent law in Illinois, judges can take the best interests of the animal into consideration to determine custody ...
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  • When Does Child Support End in Ohio?

    Child support enables children to have financial stability after their parent’s divorce . While both parents must financially support their kids, the noncustodial parent is responsible for providing monthly payments. Many people believe child support ends when the child turns 18 years old since that is the legal age of becoming an adult. But in Ohio, child support can continue after a child turns ...
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  • Ohio Drug Classifications

    One look at Ohio’s controlled substance schedule is all it takes to realize how many different kinds of drugs there are. However, the goal of Ohio’s controlled substance schedule is to classify each of these drugs into a different category. In this blog post, we explain why these classifications exist and how they impact drug crimes . Why Do Lawmakers Classify Drugs? Lawmakers classify drugs for ...
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  • How a Former Prosecutor Can Help Your Criminal Case

    When you are arrested for a criminal offense, a prosecutor—who is an attorney who represents the government—will press charges against you. The prosecution is responsible for obtaining a conviction for the state by presenting convincing evidence to a grand jury. On the other hand, a criminal defense lawyer helps defendants avoid conviction by providing one or more potential defenses that present ...
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  • What Impacts the Severity of a Drug Charge?

    When people think of prosecutors accusing people of their supposed criminal acts, they often picture a straightforward process that involves little to no critical thinking; however, that’s not how criminal charges work. Every state has its own set of rules and regulations that determines the severity of a supposed criminal act, and Ohio is no different. In this blog post, Patrick Mulligan & ...
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  • Can I Date During Divorce?

    Divorce can be a frustrating, sad, and even lonely process. Sometimes, people going through divorce long to feel desirable again and wish to meet someone new or have fun. While there is no law against dating during divorce proceedings, there are both legal and emotional reasons why you should wait until your divorce is final. The following are several reasons why you should avoid dating during the ...
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  • Penalties for Marijuana Possession in Ohio

    Marijuana remains a controversial subject in America, even though several states have legalized its recreational use. Marijuana possession remains illegal in Ohio, however, and getting caught with it in your possession can result in hefty fines, jail and/or prison time. Ohio Marijuana Laws In Ohio, recreational use of marijuana is still illegal. This means that by getting caught in possession of ...
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  • Can Social Media Harm My Criminal Case?

    Social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are used to connect and communicate with friends, family, and even the entire world, whether it’s sharing personal photos and videos or posting a status update. However, if you are involved in a criminal investigation, law enforcement can use your social media activity as evidence against you. Your social media posts can demonstrate ...
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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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