Parenting Seminar: Putting the Family First

Franklin County’s local rules require parents in a divorce, dissolution, or legal separation proceeding to attend  Putting the Children First.  Typically, parents must complete this parenting seminar within 45 days of filing with the Court.  The course can be taken in person or on-line.  You can register at: http://www.actionforchildren.org/view.php?nav_id=82 Putting the Children First is a two … Read more

Shared Parenting: What It Means

In Ohio, the term “shared parenting” is often used, but you may have also heard it referred to as “joint custody.” Shared parenting allocates the parental rights and responsibilities of the children to both parents; but that does not necessarily mean that everything is equal. “Shared parenting” specifically refers to the ability of both parents … Read more

Taxes And Your Family Law Case

It’s tax season again! So what do your taxes have to do with your family law case? Child Support & Tax Interceptions In Ohio, the Child Support Enforcement Agency has the authority to intercept a person’s tax refund for past due child support owed to any child (regardless of the child’s age). So, if you are the … Read more

What is a Guardian ad Litem?

A Guardian ad Litem (often referred to as a “GAL”) is appointed by the domestic or juvenile Court to represent the best interest of the child(ren) in a custody case.  To become a GAL, one must fulfill certain requisites, such as special training, and in most counties a GAL must be an attorney.

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Business Valuations in Divorce

In some divorces or dissolutions, one or both of the parties own a small business. When contemplating terminating your marriage, it may be necessary to conduct a valuation of the business to determine its worth or prepare for sale. This post will provide a brief overview of considerations in such circumstances.

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Is Mediation Right for You?

Mediation is becoming a more prevalent option in divorce and custody cases.  Given the mediation family law divorce custody support alimony legal advice attorneys columbus ohioever increasing cost of litigation, mediation can be a cost effective alternative.  More
importantly, it allows parties to direct the outcome of their case, rather than leaving it in the hands of a judge or magistrate.  Reaching a mediated agreement can leave parties feeling empowered. It can help those who must continue to cooperate in raising children learn to work together towards amicable solutions.  Given these benefits, you may find yourself wondering if mediation is right for you.

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