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The Effects of Separate vs. Marital Property in Ohio

In some states, spouses’ property is classified as community property, which means it is all jointly owned. But in Ohio, as in many states, there is a legal distinction between separate and marital property. Below is a quick overview of how Ohio marital property laws work with regard to property classification and its effect on […]

What Happens if I Transfer My Paid-in-Full Car to My Mother Before Filing for Bankruptcy?

If you recently transferred property (especially valuable property) out of your name, you might wonder if you should hold off filing for bankruptcy. In general, if you transferred property to another person before filing for bankruptcy protection, the bankruptcy trustee might be able to void that transfer and get the property back in your name […]

Consequences of Signing an Acknowledgement of Paternity at the Hospital

Under Ohio law, if a married couple has a baby, the husband is automatically referred to as the legal father of the child. However, if the couple is unmarried, the law does not presume the father’s identity. Instead, for a man to be acknowledged as the baby’s biological father, he must establish paternity. A failure […]

Know Your Rights to Protect Yourself from Debt Collection Scams

It’s an unfortunate reality that numerous debt collection scams are used to prey on unsuspecting victims across the United States. Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you have a variety of rights guaranteed to you to protect you from abusive or misleading tactics. Some of your rights as a debtor include the following: The […]

Parenting Time Cannot Be Stopped for Nonpayment of Child Support

It is understandable for parents to get frustrated and angry when a former partner falls behind on child support payments. However, a custodial parent may not withhold parenting time — the term the state of Ohio uses to refer to visitation — as a means of punishment or vengeance. Courts view child support and parenting […]

Income Requirements to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

If you wish to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Ohio, you must pass the state’s means test. If your income falls below the Ohio median for the size of your household, you automatically pass the test.  In most instances clients that are below the median household income are able to file for Chapter 7; […]

Big Changes Regarding Spousal Support in Ohio

Ohioans who pay spousal support will see changes in their taxes in the coming years due to the new tax plan passed by congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump in December. The sweeping tax overhauls include an elimination of a tax deduction for spousal support payments that has been part of federal […]

When Can You Discharge Taxes in a Bankruptcy Case?

In the right circumstances, bankruptcy can be an effective means of managing and discharging your tax debt. However, determining which taxes can be discharged at a given time is not always easy. The timing of your taxes will play a big role in your ability to discharge them. The taxes you discharge can include both […]

Tax Consequences of Earned Income Tax Credit and Dependent Exemptions

For divorced couples with children, it is important to understand the differences between the Earned Income Tax Credit and dependent exemptions. The general difference is that an exemption reduces your taxable income directly, while a credit reduces your tax liability. The dependent exemption allows you to exclude a certain amount of income from your taxable […]

Tips to Help Your Children Cope with Divorce

Divorce causes emotional strain on everyone involved, but it is often most difficult for children. Young people may be unable to fully grasp why the divorce is happening, and some may even believe they are to blame for their parents’ decision to separate. There will be a lot on your mind during your divorce, but […]

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