Seeing a Divorce Lawyer for the First Time – Thoughts from a Divorce Lawyers Summer Extern

Seeing a Divorce Lawyer for the First Time – Thoughts from a Divorce Lawyers Summer Extern

As an extern with the Dayton, Ohio, law firm of Holzfaster, Cecil, McKnight, & Mues, I’ve had the opportunity to sit in on a number of divorce/dissolution consultations. As my time here is drawing to a close, here are a few truths I’ve gleaned from my time here at the office.

I’ve Been Served with a Divorce, Do I Really Need to Talk With A Lawyer?

I’ve Been Served with a Divorce, Do I Really Need to Talk With A Lawyer?

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.

My Ex Is Named As Beneficiary On My Life Insurance Policy? What Happens If I Die?

My Ex Is Named As Beneficiary On My Life Insurance Policy? What Happens If I Die?

An issue that comes up more often than many may think is the following scenario: One spouse names the other spouse as beneficiary of a ife insurance policy. Couple gets divorced. Beneficiary designation is never changed. Policy owner dies. Does the ex-spouse get the life insurance proceeds? For many years, this question was covered by case law arising from different jurisdictions, with some jurisdictions coming to the conclusion that if the beneficiary designation wasn’t changed, the ex-spouse still received the proceeds and others concluding that the divorce effectively acted as a termination of the beneficiary designation…READ MORE.

Can I Change my Mind After Signing Divorce Papers in Ohio?

Can I Change my Mind After Signing Divorce Papers in Ohio?

Can I change my mind after signing divorce papers in Ohio? The answer to this question likely depends on how far along your divorce case has progressed, as well as the reason to dismiss it. The earlier in the preceding you decide, the more likely the answer will be “yes”.

Common Law Marriage in Ohio – Does it Still Exist?

Common Law Marriage in Ohio – Does it Still Exist?

I’m sure most, if not all, have at least heard of the term “ommon law marriage”. By legal definition, a common law marriage is a marriage that doesn’t quite rise to the level of a legal, formal marriage, but is created by the two parties, who co-habit together and hold themselves out to their community as married…

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