Family And Criminal Law Blog

What are the benefits of joint custody?

Divorce can be a difficult and emotional process, especially when children are involved. Children are often unwilling participants of a divorce, and are forced to live with whatever decisions are made regarding their care. Traditionally, custody is granted to one...

What is Ohio’s Habitual Offender Registry?

There are a few different official state level registries in Ohio. You may be familiar with some of them. They all serve different purposes. Some inform while others assist. Many are criminal related. The Ohio Habitual Offender Registry is one such list. According to...

How do I break the news of divorce to the kids?

It is no secret that many divorces in Ohio and across the United States end in divorce. While adults are often well equipped to deal with the harsh realities of this emotional and legal matter, children involved in the process often do not have the same capabilities....

The good faith defense against fraud charges

Charges of fraud can carry stiff fines and even jail time in the state of Ohio. Fraud involves a party offering a product or a service in exchange for money or property, except the promised products or services are never provided or are not provided as described....

Figuring out how to divide property in a divorce

Ending a marriage in Ohio may cause stress, especially when figuring out how to divide everything you accumulated. The courts rely heavily on the equitable division principle. This term may seem somewhat foreign, but there is a reason why the law favors this type of...

What are a father’s rights in an adoption?

When you have a child, it is supposed to be an enjoyable and wonderful experience. However, for some people, the birth of a child is unexpected and something they are not prepared for. Becoming a parent requires a serious commitment, mentally, emotionally and...

What differentiates self-defense from murder?

Ohio is one of the states in the country that has very solid self-defense or stand your ground laws. The state makes it very clear that you can use force, even deadly force, to defend yourself without the fear of facing a murder charge. However, the self-defense law...

Do unmarried fathers have legal rights?

In Ohio, the law states that an unmarried woman who gives birth to a child is that child’s legal custodian. By default, the mother has rights to the child until a court decides otherwise. If the mother of your child refuses to provide you with visitation or custody of...

Steps to seek a divorce in Ohio

When your marriage is over, the legal process to get a divorce can seem daunting. Understanding what to expect can ease some of the stress you may be feeling. Divorce in Ohio does not necessarily require a long, expensive trial. Spouses who have an uncontested divorce...

Determining spousal support awards in Ohio

To raise children, to keep their households or for any other number of reasons, people may put off their own professional ambitions in support of their spouses’ careers during their marriages. Should they get divorced, those who have made this sacrifice and do not...