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May 2017 Archives

Anthony Weiner in a contentious child custody battle

The terrible tale of the downfall of rising political star Anthony Weiner could prove to be a valuable lesson for those involved in a child custody battle in divorce court. Last week, former New York Congressman and New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner pled guilty to transferring obscene materials to a minor. He will be sentenced to a prison term between 21 and 27 months. In addition, he will lose his smartphone and will be forced to register as a sex offender. But his future with his family might be most damning to him.

How is adoption determined in Ohio?

As well-intentioned as a couple may be in making the decision to adopt, it is not an easy process. Laws vary throughout the United States, but here in Ohio, anyone except a separated couple may adopt. This includes an unmarried single person or married couple, gay or straight, has the right to adopt. For children twelve years of age or older, the child must also provide consent to the adoption.

What child custody arrangements does Ohio accept?

The answer to this question is not as simple as assembling a list and providing a description of each type of custody. Individual circumstances are unique and the courts of the state have an obligation to make determinations of child custody only after examining the circumstances of each case.

If you think you don't need an estate plan, think again

The very use of the term estate in the context of estate planning is something of a problem, don't you think? Consider – what do you think of as an estate? Downton Abbey? The Breakers? Big structures with hundreds of years of history are the common image of what constitutes an estate.

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