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July 2015 Archives

Actress Kelly Rutherford faces tough child custody situation

Any child custody situation can be difficult, but cases involving questionable jurisdiction between states or countries can be especially challenging as the story involving actress Kelly Rutherford and her two children shows. Ohio residents may recall that the actress had a joint custody arrangement with her former husband Daniel Giersch that became complicated when his visa was revoked in 2012.

Alimony modification based on retirement

Alimony is sometimes awarded in a divorce proceeding when one spouse earns significantly more income than the other one. Income may change over time, in which case the person paying alimony may petition for a modification in payments. One common reason for this is retirement. An Ohio court may look at several factors in determining whether to grant a modification.

Judges may choose an alternative to jail for many offenders

Criminal judges in Ohio have a number of options available to them when a custodial sentence seems inappropriate or excessive. Judges may consider the type of offense involved as well as the previous record of the defendant. The age of the defendant and the impact that the crime had on the victims will also be taken into consideration before a judge decides on the appropriate sanctions.

Routine traffic stop in Ohio results in multiple drug charges

A man and a woman each received multiple drug charges for possession of marijuana, LSD, hash and heroin after being pulled over by the Campbell Police Department. The traffic stop took place on Wilson Avenue while an officer conducted a routine patrol of the neighborhood. The officer said that he initiated the stop because the registration sticker on the license plate was not fully visible.

Father seeks custody of children jailed for refusing visits

A Michigan judge recently ordered three children to spend time in juvenile detention due to their refusal to spend time with their father. This is not a common practice in Ohio or in any other state, so the judge's decision was a surprise to many. The father of the three children is now fighting for custody, sources say.

Federal jury acquits Ohio man who faced heroin charges

A 23-year-old Shaker Heights man was found not guilty by a federal jury in July after being charged with selling heroin as part of a vast drug ring. The man had been convicted in the past for various drug crimes as well as tampering with evidence. He still faces weapons charges in another case pending in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

20 named in 51-count indictment on drug and other charges

According to law enforcement officials, 20 people have been indicted for participating in a conspiracy to transport cocaine and heroin to Akron and distribute it in northeast Ohio. The alleged participants are between the ages of 24 and 60. Prior to the indictment, an investigation was conducted through a collaboration of law enforcement officials across towns and cities, along with the FBI and DEA. Authorities reported the seizure of crack cocaine, cocaine, heroin, a Kevlar vest, six firearms, ammunition and cash. Their investigation concluded that a 60-year-old man obtained cocaine and heroin from two women aged 29 and 30 as well as other other individuals in 2010. Then, authorities say that the man gave the drugs to other indicted people to distribute.

What are your options for defending a DUI charge?

Drunk driving convictions carry stiff penalties in Ohio. You could lose your license, be subjected to fines and possibly go to jail depending on the circumstances of your case. Because any of these consequences could have a major impact on your life, you may be wondering how to avoid them.

Kardashian and Disick split highlights child custody issues

Reality tv fans in Ohio and around the country have probably heard that Kourtney Kardashian and her longtime partner Scott Disick are splitting up. They are not the only ones following their break up, as those in the legal world are speculating about what might happen to the couple's three children.

Jared Fogle under investigation for child pornography

Ohio residents might have heard that Jared Fogle, the famous Subway spokesperson who is reputed to have lost 250 pounds after fashioning a diet made out of sandwiches from the chain, is being investigated in connection with child pornography. In reaction to word of the investigation, Subway has cut ties with Mr. Fogle, at least until the investigation is over.

How DUI penalties vary by state

Ohio is one of the more lenient states when it comes to drunk driving penalties, according to a study conducted by WalletHub. The financial website ranked states on how strict they are on DUI by analyzing how every state scored on a list of 15 key metrics. Some of the data that was used in the study included minimum jail sentences and fines for DUI and whether the offense is considered an automatic felony.

Debt division important in a divorce

Divorces often bring difficult negotiations over custody issues as well as property division. Ohio couples whose marriages are ending may sometimes neglect to have a discussion of the division of their marital debts, however. Understanding how various forms of debt are handled can prevent nasty surprises during the division of marital property and serve as a bargaining tool in the divorce.

Supreme Court decision addresses vague wording in federal law

Ohio residents may favor tough penalties for repeat offenders, especially those who have been previously convicted of violent crimes. However, a federal law established in 1984 to impose stronger penalties on so-called career criminals has been found by the nation's highest court to be unconstitutionally vague in an important area. The 8-1 decision is the culmination of several years' efforts to deal with the interpretation of a certain clause.

Public perception of child support law

Ohio parents who either owe or receive child support may relate to the frustrations many people feel over how those payments affect their financial circumstances. Public perception on a national level has been showed to be negative as individuals' perspectives of current support standards were recently evaluated in studies. The studies were focused on allowing respondents to explain how they would assign support amounts in specific circumstances, and their decisions typically differed quite a bit from the amounts that would be ordered in accordance with current formulas.

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