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Ohio family law: Not just one type of domestic violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. In the spirit of this, this column wanted to go over the basics of domestic violence and how a family law attorney can help victims of such violence in Ohio move forward. When people think about domestic violence, they think about the physical side of it. Believe it or not, there are several forms of domestic violence, some of which have nothing to do with causing physical harm.

While physical abuse is thought to be the most common form of domestic violence -- it is certainly the most recognizable -- there are at least four other forms that deserve attention as well. These are emotional, sexual, financial and psychological. When a victim is subjected to frequent verbal assaults meant to destroy his or her self-worth, he or she is said to be a victim of emotional abuse. In most states, this form of abuse alone is often not considered enough to pursue domestic violence charges against an abuser.

Ohio family law: Is divorce genetic?

Genetics are a big part of why people are who they are. When it comes to the realm of family law, a question was posed regarding whether there is a link between genetics and divorce. According to a recent study, the answer is yes. Some Ohio residents may be programmed in their DNA to divorce.

It may sound crazy, but is it? It has been long believed that children who grow up with divorced parents are more likely to get divorces themselves. Is it because that is all they know, or does it go deeper than that?

Ohio personal injury: 2 adults, 1 child injured in recent wreck

A recent auto accident in Ohio left two adults and one child injured. This incident reportedly occurred September 28, in Liberty. Those who suffer personal injury in such events may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses through legal means.

According to a news report, a 34-year-old woman was operating her vehicle in the westbound lane of Tibbetts Wick Road when a vehicle in the eastbound land crossed the center line and struck her car head-on. She and her 4-year-old little girl were both injured in the wreck. Emergency responders transported them both to an area hospital for the treatment of unspecified injuries. Their current conditions are unknown.

Ohio family law: All about the assets

When going through a divorce whether in Ohio or elsewhere, figuring out how to divide assets can be a major challenge. Each party will want to walk away with his or her fair share, but trying to decide just what that means is not always easy. Thankfully, each party can turn to his or her own family law attorney to help with the matter.

In order to just get things over with, it is tempting to just quickly divide property and move on. However, by failing to look at the finer details of such an agreement, one may end up getting the shorter end of the stick, so to speak. For example, taking the home over liquid assets may hurt one in the long run if the house is underwater, in need of repair or if the mortgage is simply not affordable for the receiving spouse.

Ohio criminal law: Recent investigations in the Warren area

Police in the Warren area are always busy responding to calls, investigating potential crimes and making arrests. Various criminal activities were reported at the end of August and in the first few days of September. Law enforcement authorities apparently ended up making numerous arrests over the span of one week. The accused individuals, some of whom face felony level criminal charges, can seek assistance from an experienced criminal law attorney to help them fight their cases in court.

According to a recent news report, from Aug. 31 to Sept. 7, police investigated several assault cases, robbery, petty theft, drug activity, weapons crime, domestic violence situation and a vehicular homicide -- among other alleged crimes. Several arrests were made as a result of these investigations. It has been reported that quite a few of the accused have already entered their pleas in court.

Ohio family law: The shared custody debate

Going through a divorce with children involved is challenging. Figuring out the right child custody agreement is difficult and often a source of conflict. The shared custody issue is one that many parents and members of the Ohio family law community often debate. Is shared custody better or worse than sole custody?

At the end of the day, to answer this question one has to look at his or her own familial situation. There are reasons that sole custody is necessary -- such as in cases where abuse, neglect or addictions are issues. But there also many children who have been placed in sole custody arrangements who would benefit from shared custody.

Ohio family law: The traditional divorce

What does a traditional divorce look like? In the realm of family law, is there only one way to approach the divorce process? These are both great questions that many couples in Ohio who are considering ending their marriages may have.

The traditional divorce process goes like this: one spouse files for divorce, the other responds to the complaint, a final agreement is reached. Sounds really simple, right? It can be for some, but for others it can get pretty complicated, especially if the case ends up going to trial.

Ohio family law: Making divorce work for the kids

To kids, divorce can feel like the end of the world, and in a way it is. It is the end of all that they have come to know. How parents handle themselves during and after divorce will have a significant effect on how well children cope with the change in their family dynamic. A family law attorney can help parents in Ohio create parenting plans that serve the best interests of the children, but it is up to each parent to put it into action in a way that lets the kids know that everything will be okay.

The process of dissolving one's marriage is challenging, there is no doubt about it. When children are involved, things are even harder. Parents can struggle trying to figure out child custody and support issues. A lot of times, both parents may not agree on what is best.

Ohio family law: What do the experts say about divorce?

Before considering divorce, quite a few people want to know what the experts have to say about the topic. The experts, or course, are those individuals who have studied divorce and divorce rates. There are a lot of myths floating out there about marriage dissolutions that many family law attorneys would like put to rest. This week, this column will address some actual facts about divorce that Ohio residents may be interested in learning.

One big myth about divorce has to do with divorce rates. It is often reported that 50 percent of all marriages dissolve. However, according to researchers at Bowling Green State University, this is not true. Dissolution rates are actually at a 40-year low.

Ohio family law: The Jolie-Pitt divorce on hold

For most couples in Ohio and elsewhere who decide to end their marriages, the divorce process is not always easy or straightforward. This is particularly true for those who have quite a few shared assets -- such as the Jolie-Pitts. This high profile divorce has been in the news and the latest information is saying that the process has been put on hold due to former couple's inability to agree on what to do with their assets. They are likely counting on their individual family law attorneys to help them through this difficult time so that each party can walk away satisfied with the final result.

According to reports, Brad and Angelina separated in Sept. 2016 with Angelina filing for divorce that same month. The two have been married for just over two years but were a couple for over a decade before tying the knot. Together they share several properties, a wine business and various collections -- all valued in the millions.

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