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  • New Tax Law Changes Might Impact Your Divorce Agreement

    New changes to the tax code that will go into effect at the end of this year has people asking questions about how their divorce settlement will be affected. Below, we explain what the new changes to alimony tax are and how these changes might impact you and your family. In the past, alimony has always been deductible for the person who pays spousal support . In turn, the recipient spouse payed ...
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  • Retroactive Child Support Explained

    Under the law, there is a distinction between a parent who refuses their child support obligations and a parent who has yet to be given child support orders. However, parents who have not been given a child support order can still be ordered to pay retroactive child support for a specified period time before the order for child support was officially granted by a court. One example where ...
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  • How Can I Challenge Sexual Assault Allegations?

    As more emphasis is being placed on sexual assaults by the mainstream media, false accusations for these crimes has also become a concern for many people. We address your concerns in this blog and explain a few ways that you can challenge sexual assault allegations , should the need arise. The Innocence Defense The simplest defense against sexual assault allegations is to claim and maintain that ...
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  • When Does Borrowing Become Stealing in the Eyes of the Law?

    It is easy to make a simple mistake, like forgetting to return an item that you have borrowed. As time passes by, we might forget about what we borrowed, until the person to whom it belongs to comes looking for it. Even if the owner of the item you forgot to return is angry at you for your oversight, your actions do not equate theft if you honestly forgot to give them back their property. Below, ...
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  • What Is the Difference Between Murder & Manslaughter?

    Manslaughter is an unlawful killing that doesn’t involve premeditated malice or the intent to seriously harm or kill. The absence of malice makes manslaughter a lesser charge than first or second degree murder. Although manslaughter is a serious crime, its consequences are generally less severe than murder. Below, we explain more about the differences between murder and manslaughter. Voluntary ...
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  • What Are the Penalties for a Fake ID in Ohio?

    Having or using a fake ID carries serious legal consequences. Although many juveniles find it tempting to use a fake ID for what they might think are seemingly “innocent” or “victimless” crimes , getting caught with a fake ID is no laughing matter. When these people are caught using their fake ID, they find themselves facing much more trouble than they might have anticipated. In this blog, we ...
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  • How to Protect Your Assets in a Divorce

    A common concern for many people who are going through a difficult divorce is how they can protect their assets. This is particularly true for couples who have many high value assets such as a business or multiple properties. In this blog, we explain a few ways you can protect your assets when going through a divorce . Open Accounts in Your Name If you're a spouse who doesn’t work, it's important ...
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  • How Divorce Affects Men & Women Differently

    We all deal with divorce uniquely. Sometimes the way we choose to react to our divorce fits into society’s gender norms and expectations. Other times, our reactions stray from these expectations. However, there are some consistent patterns and differences between the ways that men and women react to their divorce. In this blog, we talk about some of the key differences in how men and women cope ...
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  • How Does Expungement Work?

    In Ohio, expungement is considered a legal process in court which allows you to have all public records of a previous criminal conviction cleared and your court file sealed. In other words, an expungement makes it appear like the criminal offense or record never occurred. There are a wide variety of benefits to having your criminal record expunged. Whether you are seeking employment, professional ...
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  • What You Need to Know About the Divorce Process in Ohio

    When it comes to divorce in Ohio, what exactly does it look like? Each state has different divorce laws or requirements, all of which affect what your divorce experience will be. Whether it is your first time getting a divorce, or you’ve been down this road once before, it is imperative to have a clear understanding of what the process is going to be from beginning to end. The following are ...
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  • What Do I Do If I Was Arrested for Assault for Defending Myself?

    Fights can happen unexpectedly, particularly when one or both participants have been drinking. However, if one person apparently started the fight, can the other person be charged with assault for defending himself or herself? According to Ohio laws, assault is an attempt to cause physical harm to another, while battery is to intentionally or negligently cause offensive physical contact or bodily ...
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  • Do I Need a DUI Defense Lawyer If I Was Barely Over the Legal Limit?

    Most states are particularly harsh on drivers convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol. States usually have a legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit by which all drivers must abide. In Ohio, all drivers over the age of 21 can only have a BAC of 0.08% or less. The only exception is commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers whose legal limit is 0.04%. If you were pulled ...
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  • Modifying a Divorce Decree

    Typically, when two people divorce, the divorce decree creates a legally binding contract regarding child custody, child support, spousal support, and visitation. It finalizes the provisions of the divorce so each spouse understands his or her responsibilities. However, life never turns out the way most people plan. Some parents might lose their job and might no longer be able to send child ...
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  • How to Avoid a DUI This Holiday Season

    The most effective (and admittedly obvious) way to avoid a DUI this holiday season is to stay out of the driver’s seat when you’ve had too much to drink. Once Halloween rolls around and the holiday season kicks into high gear, there seems to be endless opportunity for celebration and drinking, and where there is an abundance of alcohol, there is an abundance of opportunity to hop behind the wheel ...
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  • 3 Factors That Can Affect Child Custody Outcomes

    Parents are often concerned they might not get enough time with their kids after a divorce. Some courts award partial custody to both parents, while others might award full physical custody to one parent and shared legal custody to both parents. The decisions judges make depend on the well-being of the child; however, the court will look at several factors to make that determination. Here are 3 ...
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