Are you in the midst of a divorce? Getting a divorce can be a rough experience and emotionally difficult. Court dockets are crowded and litigating a case through a trial can take a very long time and end up being very expensive! Many divorce Courts schedule mandatory settlement conferences routinely as part of the normal process. This is done to facilitate settlements and to reduce cases on the contested trial docket. Please note that in addition to mandatory Court ordered settlement conferences that scheduling voluntary settlement conferences outside of Court are typical and can be very beneficial. The goal in both is the same. Reach settlement to avoid trial. READ MORE…
Typically when a divorce is filed the adverse spouse is served with the summons, divorce complaint and other required documents. This can be accomplished a number of ways as set forth in the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure. Obtaining “service of process” is essential for the Court to obtain jurisdiction over the matter and to proceed with your case and issue orders over support, property division, custody etc. All states require that the opposing spouse receive a copy of the divorce papers typically delivered by a private process server (especially if there are any restraining orders)…READ MORE.
Five years ago, we posted an article about the The Counseling and Cooperative Parenting Center of Ohio, LLC, also known as CCPC Ohio. It seemed long overdue that we post an update on this wonderful resource for families with children having been involved in a high conflict divorce case. Brenda Patton, the owner and director of the Center, was kind enough to provide me an interview to discuss the evolution of CCPC. Southwest Ohio is certainly fortunate to have this resource!… READ MORE.
You have agreed to a divorce. Now for the difficult and often unpleasant task of dividing the assets. Sure, you can agree who gets the tv and who gets the dishes, but the most difficult division is often how do you "divide" the house. Generally speaking, the home is considered a marital asset and the equity needs to be divided equally between the two parties…READ MORE.
Like most veteran divorce lawyers, I have seen lots of situations where a party ignores a summons and complaint for divorce, to his/her peril. Investing a few hundred dollars or so on the front end can end up saving you literally thousands if you wait it out on the sidelines… READ MORE.