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Born in Toledo Ohio and grew up in Yuma Arizona, Taylor Michigan, San Juan Puerto Rico and Cleveland Ohio. Graduated from Midpark High School in 1978, 4th in class of 666. Graduated from Denison University in 1978 with a B.S degree and Eastern Michigan University in 1980, with a M.S. degree. Graduated from Capital Law School in 1991 and passed the Ohio Bar that year. I started my own law firm in 1991 and have been in private practice ever since, practicing primarily in the family law and personal injury practice areas. My firm mission is not just to give legal advice but to help people get their lives to a better place.

10 Tips on Preparing For Trial For Your Ohio Divorce Case

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Divorce is one of the most challenging and stressful legal events in anyone’s life. If you are facing a divorce, then you must prepare. You will get a better result and avoid feeling shafted after it is over.

1. Don’t go rogue!

Don't come up with your ideas on how to settle your divorce case without talking to your attorney first.

This is a common mistake that many people make. They think that they can be their lawyers and do everything themselves.

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Why Use a "Private Judge" for Your Columbus Dissolution Case?

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If you are attempting to get a Dissolution in Columbus, Ohio, then you should strongly consider using a “private judge.”

A private judge is usually a retired judge who can hear your case in place of going through official court to help you end your marriage peacefully. Private judges are paid for their services by one or both parties.

As you will see, the value of using a private judge is through the roof compared to the normal courtroom setting.

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Tips on How to COMMUNICATE with your Spouse to Keep Your Divorce From Going Off the Rails

When you are going through your divorce, there is a good chance that you will experience many negative emotions.

These emotions can include anger, resentment, loneliness, and frustration. However, even though divorces can be highly emotional and difficult to deal with, you will still most likely have to communicate with your spouse. At least to a certain extent during the divorce proceedings.

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Your Attorney Can Fire You in your Divorce Case: What NOT to do!

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Even if you're happy with your divorce attorney, the feeling may not be mutual

If you do certain things that your attorney does not like, then he or she might fire you. If your attorney fires you, you could suddenly be left in a bad situation with an approaching hearing or trial and no representation.

Here is how to prevent getting canned by your lawyer...

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You Can Fire Your Attorney: Here is How

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If you are fed up with your attorney, and if you want to stop working with him or her, then you are allowed to. In Ohio, all you need to do to fire your attorney is to tell the attorney that you are firing him or her.

The best way to do this is in writing, either in email or in a letter. The lawyer will have to receive permission from the court to withdraw from the case.

Most of the time, the Franklin County or Delaware County court will approve withdrawals unless there is a circumstance that makes the withdrawal highly undesirable for the court. For example, the court may not approve a withdrawal if the trial is the next day.

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What is missing in your marriage that results in Divorce?

Divorces can be an extremely stressful life event. They disrupt and security and routines. Gone is the comfort that two partners have when living under the same roof and being in love.

During a divorce, two marital partners separate and can quickly find themselves struggling with many different challenges. Suddenly you are faced with the frightening prospect of ending your marriage. Through a process filled with unfamiliar legal jargon and procedures.

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What do you do when your spouse backs out of an in-court settlement in Columbus, Ohio?

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So your ex agreed to a settlement in an Ohio court, but now is backing out? This can be a major problem and it can be extremely stressful to deal with. Don’t worry, we’ve got the answers.
Here is what to do if your spouse backs out of an in-court settlement in Franklin County, Ohio.

Complain and put it in writing to your spouse

Putting it in writing helps to establish evidence that might be needed later on.

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How to get a continuance on your Divorce Case in Delaware, Ohio Local Rule 23 (Judge Fuller is a stickler about this…)

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Local Rule 23 (Judge Fuller is a stickler about this…)

If you're going through a divorce, then you need to know the best practices for getting a continuance in your local area. Here are some excellent tips for having your motion to continue approved by the Judge or Magistrate in Delaware, Ohio.

Follow the rules

There is a set of rules that you must follow if you want your motion for continuance approved.

These rules are outlined in Rule 23 of the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Domestic Relations Division Rules of Practice and Procedure. Franklin County and other surrounding counties in Ohio will have their versions of Rule 23

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You Can Get a Continuance (Postponement to another date) on Your Divorce Case in Franklin County, Ohio: Here is How!

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Sometimes, there's a good reason one spouse or the other needs a continuance in divorce proceedings.

Do you live in or around Columbus? Here are some great tips on how to get a continuance in Franklin County, Ohio:

Go to the court and ask the bailiff

Sometimes, it is as simple as aking. Whether this method works depends heavily on how busy the court is.

Hire an attorney and ask the attorney to do it

Often a judge will be more inclined to listen to an attorney’s request for a continuance than a request from a non-attorney. Make sure it is for a good reason.

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Top 11 Ways to Win Your Divorce Case in Columbus, Ohio

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Do you live in the City of Columbus or Franklin County (Gahanna, Grove City, Upper Arlington, Worthington, etc), Ohio? Are you're trying to win a divo...
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Top 12 Ways to Screw Up Your Divorce Case in Delaware or Columbus Ohio

Top 12 Ways to Screw Up Your Divorce Case in Delaware or Columbus Ohio

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Even if you feel like your divorce case is as solid as granite and your attorney agrees, there are still several things that you can do to screw it up. If you screw up your divorce case then you may have to deal with the consequences for the rest of your life. So, you should avoid doing this at all costs.

Here are a dozen ways to screw up your divorce case in Delaware or Columbus, Ohio:

#1 Violate a Franklin County Restraining Order

Mutual restraining orders are commonly put into place when divorce proceedings start in Ohio. If you violate one of these restraining orders can it can mess up your divorce and result in your ex-spouse getting the better deal.

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Don't Feel "Shafted" After Your Divorce Case - HOW TO!

Don't Feel "Shafted" After Your Divorce Case - HOW TO!

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Roughly 900,000 married couples get divorced in the United States every single year.

For many people who endure this process, divorce is the single most challenging and stressful legal event of their entire lives. If you are facing a divorce, then you must take the necessary steps to prevent getting a bad result and feeling shafted after it is over.

Here are some excellent tips to prevent feeling shafted after your divorce case is over.

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Signs That Will Make You Realize You're in a Bad Marriage

Signs That Will Make You Realize You're in a Bad Marriage

 When a marriage is good, it can be a tremendous blessing. A good marriage provides you with a consistent source of happiness and a sense of fulfillment.

However, a truly happy and positive marriage can be difficult to achieve. All too often, marriages turn out to be very negative, unhealthy, and bad.

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How to Get More Retirement Money from Your Ex

How to Get More Retirement Money from Your Ex

 

Divorce can put an enormous emotional strain on people. This is because it frequently involves the splitting of assets, arguing over contentious points, child custody battles, and more.

Also, divorces are often the emotional endpoint of conflict between two people that may have lasted for years or even decades!

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Smart Social Security Strategies for Your Gray Divorce

Smart Social Security Strategies for Your Gray Divorce

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If you are unfamiliar with the term, “gray divorce,” it refers to a divorce between two people who are in their elderly years, or who are quickly approaching these years. Gray divorces are becoming more and more common as people live longer and as medicine gets better, improving the quality of life during retirement years. 

In the past, it was very common for people to remain married for their entire lives once they tied the knot. However, now, roughly fifty percent of all marriages end in divorces.

Gray divorces contribute significantly to this statistic.

Divorce rates for people above the age of 50 have doubled since 19. They have tripled for people who are above the age of 65.

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Why It's Important for Your Husband to Like Your Friends

Why It's Important for Your Husband to Like Your Friends

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They say that you can’t have too much of a good thing. 

But researchers say that having too many or the wrong kind of friends can devastate your marriage. Especially if your husband is the one complaining. 

Important Study

A groundbreaking, 16-year study at the University of Michigan confirmed this idea. Spouse's attitudes toward their partner's friends in the first year of marriage predicted divorce down the line.

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Why Bird Nesting May Be the Best New Thing for Kids

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One of the biggest concerns in any separation, divorce, or dissolution proceeding is often: “How will this affect the kids?” And for good reason.

According to a landmark 25-year study, adult children of divorce have more unstable father-child relationships, greater reluctance about commitment, and less education than their non-divorced counterparts. Also, these children carry very impactful, and sometimes traumatic, memories of the process of forced custody and visitation.

In a recent op-ed piece by Beth Behrendt in the New York Times, she recounts an associate’s adult reflection on the hardship of being split between two lives.

“It was 30 years ago but I will never forget my little sister sobbing uncontrollably every time we had to move houses. It was awful.”

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Time to Split? Your Divorce Under the New 2019 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Time to Split? Your Divorce Under the New 2019 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

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Divorce is good for some and devastating for others, but both sides can agree on one thing: It is expensive.

What is the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act?

The bill, which was originally signed into law in December 2017, was designed to simplify the tax code. The change was sold based on the idea that the decrease in itemizations would save much more money in the IRS payroll than in the increase would cost.

More importantly, simplifying the code would reduce the economic expense of over 6 billion hours that Americans need to jump through the hoops of the old code by collecting receipts and itemizing their deductions.

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All You Need To Know About Same Sex Marriage In Ohio

All You Need To Know About Same Sex Marriage In Ohio

Ohio has a mixed history on the matter of same-sex marriage.

In 2004, Ohio banned same-sex marriage via an amendment to the state constitution.

In 2013, Ohio began recognizing same-sex marriages from other states. A federal court ruling prompted the change.

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What You Need To Know About Uncontested Divorce in Ohio

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What happens if a divorce complaint goes unanswered? Usually if one spouse files for divorce, the other spouse jumps in to make sure his or her competing interests are represented. 

Not always. Sometimes the allotted time to respond passes and prompting the court to grant an uncontested divorce. 

No contest! The person who filed is granted the divorce. Possibly "as is," or with some modifications at the judge's discretion. 

But not answering a complaint is no way to prevent a divorce from happening. No reply just means the other party wins by default.

Uncontested Divorce in Ohio

In Ohio, the other party has 42 days to respond to a divorce complaint. It that period passes with no response from the opposing party, the judge will grant an uncontested divorce.

Often the judge will award the divorce “as is,” according to the original complaint. But sometimes the judge will make some changes at his or her discretion and then grant the divorce.

The party who does not respond is at a disadvantage. Everyone should have his or her interest presented in an important matter such as ending one’s marriage.

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