Category Archives: Family Law

A complete sentence. Are you kidding?

Q:        How does a Court decide punishment for a juvenile offender? A:        Ohio law lists the factors for a Juvenile Court to consider in making orders: to provide for the care, protection, and mental and physical development of children, to … Continue reading

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Easy for you to say

Q:        Is collaborative just an easy way out of conflict? A:        Actually, hiring an attorney to trash the other party, get as much as possible of what the attorney thinks you think you want, and just go along for the … Continue reading

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Dogged license

Q:        Can a Juvenile Court stop a teen from getting a driver’s license? A:        Three Ohio Appellate Courts have ruled on this issue (including the Fifth District, which covers Stark County). All three courts decided that it depends on the … Continue reading

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It Seemed Like a Paternity

Q:        How is Paternity established? A:        A father-child relationship, for legal purposes, can be presumed or established. A man is presumed by law to be the father of a child if: 1) he was married to the mother at the … Continue reading

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Pay to Play? No way

Q:        Why would I try a Collaborative instead of just filing for divorce to get it over with? A:        Either way, at least one party has decided to end the marriage. The difference is how to get there. In a … Continue reading

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Parenting a Collaborative Child

Q:        How does collaborative law handle parenting issues? A:        When parents fight in court, a judge makes decisions about where the children sleep and when how and where they spend time with each parent. As well-intentioned and thoughtful as these … Continue reading

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Juveniles Are Not Guilty

Q:        Is it true that juveniles are not found guilty of crimes? A:        Our society treats juvenile and adult misconduct differently. Unlike adult courts, Juvenile Courts are more focused on the offender’s accountability and rehabilitation, rather than punishment. One way … Continue reading

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