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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 […]

Child Custody Issues When Parents Live in Different States

If you and your former partner live in different states after your separation or divorce, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) states that you both must file for custody in the state where the child lives. Federal law defines this as the state where the child has resided for the past six […]

What Does the Typical Divorce Timeline Look Like?

Going through a divorce in Ohio or in any state can be an emotionally taxing process, especially if you are unfamiliar with the divorce court system and the various steps you’ll need to take. Understanding what happens allows you to be prepared and eliminate some of the uncertainties. The following is a quick overview of […]

The Most Common Financial Mistakes Made During Divorce

As you go through your divorce, you will need to make key decisions that could affect your long-term financial security. Unfortunately, many people set themselves up for failure by making preventable mistakes. Below are some of the most common financial errors Ohioans and others make during the divorce process — and how you can avoid […]

What You Should Know About Military Divorce

If you or your spouse is serving in the U.S. military, it’s important to know that the divorce process is a little different than it is for civilians. There are specific rules on matters such as the division of military pensions, residency requirements and legal protections. The following is important information about the military divorce […]

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