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What to Expect During a Family or Criminal Law Consultation

One of the greatest aspects of being an attorney is conducting consultations with potential new clients. As someone who enjoys talking and meeting with people, I truly enjoy helping, educating, and empowering individuals who seek answers to some of the most difficult and challenging questions and experiences that they will go through in their life. It is extremely rewarding to assist and empower the potential new client in understanding their legal options and advising them on how to best move forward. Some of the most difficult questions that one may ask themselves is “I need a divorce, but I don’t know...

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How long will my divorce take to complete?

One of the most common questions that I am asked during a divorce consultation is “How long will my divorce take to complete?”  This is a very difficult question to answer given that everyone’s marriage is unique and may have different circumstances that drive the overall amount of time one may have to invest in said divorce. I have litigated divorces that take a few months to complete, whereas I have litigated very complex divorces that take over 12 months to complete. There are many factors that contribute to the length of time that a divorce may take to work its...

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State of the Firm

2021 hit the ground running for many of us. Meanwhile, the challenges of 2020 still linger. This is my opportunity to reflect on where we have been and where we are going. And the first thing that comes to mind is this; we would not be where we are without our communities' support. Thank you to our clients, our supporters, our followers, and our strategic partners for your support, encouragement, and trust in one of the most challenging years of the past decade. In this State of the Firm address, I want to let you know what we've done, what we are working on, and...

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Agritourism Part One: My neighbors now have a pick-your-own fruit farm, what are they doing?

Drive through the hills of Licking County and you will encounter numerous agritourism businesses. From an Orchard in Utica to a Tree Farm in Alexandria, to a Fruit Farm in Pataskala, your neighbors have discovered the advantage in catering to tourists from Columbus, and transforming their property into pick-your-own orchards, corn mazes, and wedding venues.   What is Agritourism?         Agritourism is a rapidly spreading form of agricultural business ownership. Instead of using your farm or ranch to produce food, clothing, and other resources and materials, you can open your doors to all. While maintaining your working farm, agritourism allows you to also offer weddings, corporate retreats, seasonal fun and games,...

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Pulling Numbers Out of a Hat: How We Calculate Child Support

On the surface, calculating child support in the state of Ohio seems fairly easy. The state has an official formula and an official worksheet, and there are numerous programs available online to calculate what should be the result. Yet, time and time again, the order from the court will not match this calculation and leave both parents scratching their heads.   What are the basics of child support in Ohio?  The calculation of child support starts with a Child Support Computation Worksheet, which will create what is called the “guideline” amount. This guideline uses several factors that are established in the Ohio Revised Code...

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National Adoption Month: Adoption from Foster Care

This month is National Adoption Month, a month set aside to raise awareness for the need for adoptive families for those in foster care. In honor of adoption month, this blog post will discuss part of the process of adoptions from foster care agencies. Not every child who is in foster care is, or will be, eligible for adoption. In order for a parent’s rights to be terminated, they have to either permanently surrender their rights to an Agency or have their rights terminated by Court order. Neither of these is a simple, quick process. A foster care agency’s first goal...

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Child Custody and Support: A Few Minutes Today Saves You Hours Tomorrow

Last week, as I was getting my hair cut in a local barbershop, I overheard some fellow customers discussing their child support arrangement – “We don’t have anything formal, I see him on these weekends and those weekdays, and I pay her this much in support”. Every single alarm bell went off in my head. Too many times have I had clients walk through my door with the same exact thinking - everything was going fine, nothing was formal, but everybody was getting along and they both thought it was fair. They had the perfect arrangement until it turned into a nightmare.  “Does...

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