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April 2014 Archives

Ohio educators recruited in fight against heroin epidemic

For the sake of Ohio's children and their families, it is time for educators to stand up and engage in the fight against what state officials are calling an epidemic of heroin. That was the call made this week to members of the Alliance for High Quality Education Heroin Summit in Columbus.

Ohio Supreme Court returns DUI case to lower court on appeal

A municipal court judge in Elyria has been told to take another run at a case of alleged drunk driving. This time, the judge is under orders to hold a hearing into whether the case shouldn't be dismissed for inadmissibility of evidence. That's the effect of a near-unanimous decision by the Ohio Supreme Court last week.

Putative father registries: Good intention wrapped in red tape?

Thirty-three states have putative father registries. Ohio is one of them. If you haven't heard of it, don't get down on yourself. As many familiar with this particular area of family law are aware, such programs often exist in obscurity.

What kids may think, but may not say, re: parents' divorce

It is perhaps one of the great conundrums of life that couple's often wind up getting a divorce because they never figured out how to productively communicate during marriage. What is equally intriguing is how important good communication is for effectively reaching terms that will allow the ex-spouses to resolve all their divorce-related issues so they can close one chapter and get on with the next.

Study says Twitter and divorce are related, but are they?

Our look at the role of the internet in divorce over the last week or two continues with this blog post, as a new study has been released saying that the use of Twitter is related to infidelity and divorce. That may not sound too surprising, but what will shock you is how flimsy the study actually is.

After the divorce, is it time to unplug from Facebook?

For a long time, Facebook was as close to a "universal" internet login as there could be. It's not that Facebook has suddenly lost its reach. It's still an ubiquitous member of the internet community. However, it seems it has lost a certain something over the last few years. People are starting to talk about unplugging from the social media giant, as they would rather spend their time looking up at an actual person rather than looking down at virtual people on their cellphone.

Online divorce may not be all it's cracked up to be

There will always be ideas and offers out there to try to make divorce "simpler." While it's true that certain divorces can be made simpler if they use certain processes, such as mediation or alternative conflict resolution, what we mean by "simpler" in this case is a very quick divorce with little paperwork.

Who keeps the engagement ring when the wedding gets called off?

Let's say that you and your sweetheart have finally reached the point where you are ready for marriage. The two of you say "yes" and it's off to dreamland, right? That's the way it's supposed to go -- but it doesn't always end in such a happy fashion.

'Equal split' is not a guarantee with certain assets in divorce

One of the great myths about property division is that financial assets are simply "pots of money" that can somehow be divided right down the middle. In some cases that is possible, but in many other cases the ability to reach a "fair" division of the assets is difficult. There are plenty of rules and laws that apply to the division of financial property in a divorce, and many of these rules -- and even the tax implications -- can change how an asset is divided, or if a spouse even wants to fight for the asset in the first place.

Man's failure to pay child support leads to 6-month jail sentence

Last week, we wrote about a man who hid some assets from his wife during the divorce process and went to jail for it. While the act of hiding assets is less common than you would think, the act of failing to pay child support is well documented. Take the recent story of a 62-year-old man who was sent to jail because he failed to pay $90,000 in child support since 1999. He will be in a federal prison for six months as a result of his failure to pay.

Effective co-parenting can make things easier for everyone

When you and your spouse decide it is time to file for divorce, the coming weeks and months may not be filled with the warmest of feelings for each other. That doesn't mean you have to be combative and upset with each other all the time -- but, it is unlikely you'll be going out to the movies together and sharing a fine meal afterwards.

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