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 moreParenting Seminar: Putting the Family First

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 moreTaxes And Your Family Law Case

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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Interviewing Children in Custody Cases

When dealing with custody disputes, there is often a concern as to whether or not the Court will speak to the children.  Below are the answers to a few common questions regarding the appearance of children in custody cases.  If you have further questions or are looking for help with custody issues, call our office at (614) 567-3031 to schedule an initial consultation with an experienced and skilled custody attorney.

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Can My Child Choose Which Parent to Live With?

child choose parent live custody legal advice columbus ohio attorneyAs family law attorneys, we are often asked, “Can my child choose which parent to live with?” Or “At what age can my child choose which parent to live with?” The short answer is there is no such age. Under Ohio law, a child’s desire is just one of several factors to be considered by the Court in determining custody and parenting time. And the child’s age and maturity will determine how heavily to weigh that one factor. The question then becomes how to best present a child’s wishes to the Court.

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