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The White Papers

a blog with original content written by White Law Office's team.

Relationships: When Agreeing to Disagree Becomes Agreeing to Split Up

Relationships are not perfect. They have their majestic vistas, but they also have their difficult summits and perilous cliffs. Sometimes, through no fault of either party, it becomes clear that a relationship should reach its natural end. When this happens, in a marriage, there are two options – a Divorce or a Dissolution.    What is a Dissolution?  We all know what the stereotypical divorce looks like – fighting, crying, and expensive legal bills. A dissolution is a lot closer to a break-up than a divorce, though it has the same legal effect. A dissolution is a non-contested, no-fault termination of the marriage. This means that nobody is...

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Everything You Need to Know About Ohio Adoptions

Ohio Adoption

Adopting a Child in Ohio: Types of Adoptions With infertility affecting an estimated 12-13 out of every 100 couples, adoption is a common alternative to expanding your family, and many of us know personally an adopted individual or adoptive family. A single person may also adopt a child, and of course, many families that have children still seek to adopt a child who needs a family. Whether you are wanting to begin or expand your family, or just curious, it may be helpful to review the types of adoptions that are available. This is an intentionally brief overview that does not cover...

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The Jury: Part 2

Jurors in the jury box

When I served as a judge, one of the most frequent contacts I had with the general public went something like this, “Hey Judge, I received a notice from the Sheriff that I have been selected for jury duty and I can’t serve because (insert excuse here.)” The request would lead to a discussion of civic duty, which did not often result in the retraction of the request. But one thing did, “What if you needed a jury? Would you appreciate someone with your reason being excused?” That at least caused the juror to think about it. On the other hand, people would...

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The Jury: Part 1

Jurors in the jury box

Most of my career as a prosecutor, judge, and now an attorney in private practice has one common thread woven throughout working with juries. Sometimes thrilling, sometimes frustrating but always fascinating, the ways that juries hear the evidence, consider the law and make their decisions never lose my interest. Recently, I was asked on a radio interview “Why do juries have twelve members?” My initial urge was to say, “Not all do.” And go into a description of how in Ohio civil and misdemeanor juries have eight members and grand juries have nine. But I resisted the urge to give the pedantic...

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Why we developed “flat fee” dissolution packages at White Law Office, Co.

flat fee dissolution

Recently, White Law Office, Co. rolled out flat fee dissolution packages for clients seeking to dissolve their marriage in a non-contentious, or non-argumentative, way.  We understand that one of the most stressful factors in retaining an attorney is not knowing the exact cost of what you will pay. While we cannot offer fixed pricing for all our services, we can offer fixed pricing for dissolutions. It is a way of offering peace of mind to those who are in one of the most troubling times of their life. Our office developed flat fee dissolution packages to provide clients with the comfort of...

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Department of Health Guidelines for Re-Opening Restaurants and Bars

Department of Health Guidelines for Re-Opening Restaurants and Bars

As dine-in services for Ohio’s restaurants and bars re-open, here are some thoughts about the Ohio Department of Health guidelines for in-restaurant dining. For more information, please see coronavirus.ohio.gov or call your local health department. HEALTHY COOKS AND WAITERS. Increased employee monitoring and training are mandated. Bar and restaurant managers have the responsibility to assure on a daily basis that employees are healthy when they report to work and are monitored throughout their shift if they get sick. MASKED WAITERS. With very few exceptions, restaurant and bar workers must be masked. MASKED DINERS. While masks for diners is recommended, except when eating, diner...

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Visitation for Grandparents under Ohio Law

visitation from grandparents

Under Ohio law, Grandparents may pursue visitation rights with their grandchild(ren) in certain situations, such as when: Married parents terminate the marriage or separateA parent passes away;The child’s mother is unmarried; or,A child is deemed abused, neglected, or dependent. A Court will more than likely grant visitation time to a grandparent in a proceeding for divorce, dissolution, or legal separation if the grandparent files a motion in the appropriate court seeking visitation rights. If the Court agrees with the said motion and finds that it is in the best interest of the minor grandchild(ren) then the Court may award reasonable visitation time. If...

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