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Don’t let your divorce become a money pit

A divorce is one of the most stressful things a person can go through in life, not only on a personal level but also on a financial level. There are numerous mistakes that a person going through divorce can make, as The Wall Street Journal recently discussed, that can cause serious financial harm.

Today we will highlight a few of the pitfalls along with our own analysis:

Statute of limitations for rape crimes likely to change in Ohio (2 of 2)

Welcome back. In our last post, we discussed how Ohio lawmakers are expected to pass a law that would change the statute of limitations from 20 to 25 years in rape and sexual battery cases and add a “floating” statute of limitations in cases involving DNA evidence from rape kits or crime scenes.

In those cases, prosecutors would be given five years from the time a DNA match is made for charges to be filed -- no matter how old the alleged crime was -- thereby skipping the statute of limitations.

Statute of limitations for rape crimes likely to change in Ohio (1 of 2)

Statutes of limitations make it so a suspect has to be charged within a certain timeframe. The limitations are in place in order to prevent people from being charged with crimes based on evidence that has deteriorated over time.

Currently, there is a 20-year statute of limitations for rape and sexual battery cases in Ohio, meaning that prosecutors must file charges within 20 years of the alleged offense or they lose the opportunity to prosecute.

Don’t let heroin charges lead you further astray

Have you seen the movie “Wild,” starring Reese Witherspoon? Released in 2014, the movie details a woman’s struggle to put her life back together while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.

It is based on a real-life memoir by a woman who actually hiked more than a thousand miles by herself in mountainous terrain after losing her mother, her marriage and becoming addicted to heroin.

How to divide your retirement accounts in a divorce

If you preparing for a divorce, chances are that you have retirement accounts that need to be divided.

Although retirement accounts like 401(k)s are usually earned by just one spouse, they are often considered marital property that has to be divided equitably between the spouses during a divorce.

Ohio’s new open container law won’t apply to underagers

Last week, the governor of Ohio signed a bill that allows large cities to create open-container districts, otherwise known as outdoor drinking zones. That means bar and restaurant patrons in the area will be able to buy alcoholic beverages and then leave the establishments in order to drink in public.

According to reports, the new law permits cities in Ohio with more than 35,000 people to create one “drinking zone” and cities with more than 50,000 people -- such as Columbus -- to create two. 

Actress’ embryo dispute spotlights ‘modern’ family law issue (2 of 2)

Welcome back. In our last post we began discussing the extremely complex issue of embryonic custody disputes.

Disputes over the fate of frozen embryos occur when a couple that decided to conceive a child through in vitro fertilization breaks up -- or one partner changes his or her mind about becoming a parent -- while the embryos are still on ice.

Actress’ embryo dispute spotlights ‘modern’ family law issue (1 of 2)

While fertility advancements have resulted in wonderful outcomes for many families in Ohio and the rest of the country, they have also complicated family law.

For example, Sofia Vergara, who stars in the ABC series "Modern Family," is currently embattled in a dispute with her ex-fiancé over the fate of frozen embryos that the couple created while they were together. 

Guidelines to consider when creating a parenting plan

As we began discussing in the last post, Ohio’s treatment of child custody matters have changed a lot over the past few decades. While one parent typically “won” custody of the child over the other parent many years ago, today both parents typically play an important role in “shared” parenting arrangements.

As we also discussed, a shared parenting plan can be decided upon by the parents themselves or ordered by the court, either based on a proposal made by one or both parents, or based on the court’s interpretation of what is in the child’s best interests.

Focus now on the children in child custody cases

As the Ohio State Bar Association explains in a recent article on its website, child custody is a lot different today than it used to be. This may come as a welcome surprise to adults who went through their parents’ divorces as children many years ago.

In the past, parents fought hard to “win” custody rights to their children over their soon-to-be exes. And, sadly, children were often treated like pawns in a divorce. Although that, unfortunately, still happens in some cases, the laws today are set up to place a focus on what is best for the children in child custody cases.

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