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Does Ohio allow same-sex divorce?

Same-sex marriage and divorce have been extremely hot-button issues over the past couple of years. Knowing that they are under scrutiny, judges who have presided over cases involving same-sex marriage and divorce have made careful decisions.

However, in signing off on the divorce of a same-sex couple last month, an Ohio judge said he wasn’t trying to stand up for gay rights or make a political statement. Rather, he later said that he was not aware that the parties petitioning for divorce were both female. 

Ohio State quarterback not yet charged in domestic dispute

Early one morning last week, police were called to the apartment of Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett over a reported domestic dispute; however, no charges were filed after and no arrests were made.

The dispute allegedly involved Barrett and his ex-girlfriend, who both told police different stories about what happened early Wednesday. 

Ohio law enforcement cracking down on drunk driving

Ohio residents who plan to celebrate the holiday season with alcoholic beverages should do so responsibly or risk facing drunk driving charges.

Once again, state law enforcement will be taking part in a nationwide crackdown on drunk driving from Dec. 12 through Jan. 1 known as the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.

Officers will be out in full-force looking for drivers who could be impaired. In Ohio (and every other state), it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. 

Protecting an inheritance in an Ohio divorce

Divorce laws regarding the division of marital property vary from state to state. For example, states vary in how they define the marital estate, or the property that will be subject to division during a divorce.

As a result, it can be hard to understand how your property could be divided in a divorce, especially property such as inheritances.

Some states such as Indiana, Kansas and Massachusetts, are known as “kitchen sink states” because they do not distinguish between marital and separate property when defining the marital estate that is subject to distribution.

Ohio law concerning traffic violations expected to pass

After more than 10 years of having to worry about red light cameras at many Ohio intersections, a new law may eliminate the worry for residents. Camera images alone may no longer result in vehicle owners being fined for traffic violations through the mail. Instead, police may have to actually witness the violation before issuing the ticket to the driver. 

In the beginning, the cameras were installed in order to decrease the number of serious crashes that were allegedly caused by drivers running red lights. However, once drivers became aware of the devices, the number of tickets issued declined, along with the lucrative cash flow from the related fines. Officials then installed additional devices in a purported attempt to catch speeders and increase safety, which also led to increased revenues.

Divorce rate is slowing but so is the rate of new marriages

Whenever the discussion turns to marriage, many people seem to repeat the phrase that more than half of all marriages don't survive. However, that trend has reportedly changed. It appears that the divorce rate dropped over the past several years. On the other hand, there may also be fewer brides walking down the aisle here in Ohio and elsewhere.

Attempts have been made to study the correlation between divorce, marriage, education and wealth and how the four may be interconnected. Reportedly, the divorce rate for marriages has dropped significantly for those couples who have been married since the beginning of the 2000s. The numbers suggest that only about a third of those marriages may not survive.

Man faces multiple criminal charges after dogfight raided in Ohio

In mid-November, state and federal agents carried out a raid at an Akron home in which they reportedly discovered one of the largest dogfighting operations in recent history. The Ohio homeowner is now facing multiple criminal charges on the federal level. He has been ordered into police custody until after a hearing for detention scheduled for early December.

According to the authorities, at the time the raid was conducted, the alleged dogfight had attracted more than 45 spectators from several different states. The search purportedly rounded up eight pit bulls and more than a dozen marijuana plants. Dried marijuana in baggies, firearms and 11 vehicles that were also said to have been seized. Along with the animals and property, authorities say they also found more than $52,000 in cash in the home.

Even when ex-husbands are entitled to alimony, few receive it

The latest Census figures show that an estimated 400,000 U.S. citizens receive spousal support. Of that number, approximately 3 percent are men. However, the Census also reports that 40 percent of households list women as the primary wage earners. That would imply that many ex-husbands should qualify for alimony payments that they are not receiving. Chances are there are men residing in Ohio who could be eligible for spousal support.

While there may be several reasons why former husbands are not getting payments from their wealthier former wives, the chief reason would appear to be based on gender stereotypes. Men frequently view monetary support from women as emasculating. Even when a divorce has left them in questionable financial circumstances, men often choose to rely on their own earning capacity rather than take support from their former wives. Additionally, just as some women also refuse these payments, men may see spousal support as a connection to their former spouse that they no longer desire.

Ohio physician faces drug trafficking charges for 2nd time

Ohio patients may spend years seeking advice and treatment from those providers with whom they have built a years-long relationship. While each doctor is an individual with lives outside of his or her speciality, it can be devastating to them personally and professionally if they find themselves accused of engaging in criminal activity such as drug trafficking. One doctor has now faced this scenario for the second time.

An Ohio physician who was affiliated with St Joseph's Medical Center in Andover has been indicted by a grand jury for the second time. The 44-year-old woman was originally charged on 26 counts of drug trafficking for allegedly providing friends and associates with prescription medications. Those charges were later dismissed until prosecutors could amend the charges to include an additional count for each charge, resulting in 52 counts instead of the original 26.

Different BAC levels could have impact on drunk driving charges

Throughout the state of Ohio individuals get behind the wheel to drive after consuming alcohol. While often those people are completely fine to drive, in other situations, they may have had enough to push their blood alcohol content into a range that is against the law.

In Ohio, it is likely well known that the legal BAC limit is below, 0.08 percent. Readers may not be aware that there are other BAC percentages that are relevant.

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