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The Child Tax Credit: What to Expect

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Most of us found 2020 to be a pretty difficult year. Many people saw their income decrease, and parents of young children were faced with the need to keep their kids safe, fed, happy, and educated through the pandemic. In the best of times, parenting is challenging. Under the circumstances many parents faced last year, […]

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Establishing Paternity in Ohio

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In situations where an unmarried woman gives birth, paternity of the child needs to be legally established. The mother may want to establish the father’s identity so that she can get child support for the baby. Or the father may consider establishing paternity so that he has a legal right to a relationship with the […]

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Divorce and Dissolution: Why One Lawyer Creates a Conflict of Interest

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If you are planning divorce or dissolution, and you and your spouse are generally in agreement about the terms of your divorce, some variation of this saying may be playing in your head – Why hire two lawyers when one lawyer could (in theory) draw up their agreement and “make things legal.” Can one lawyer […]

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College Expenses for Divorced Parents

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As a parent, you want the best for your child, and that includes making sure he or she gets the best education possible. With college costs rising, paying for that education is a challenge for most parents. After a divorce, coordinating with your co-parent to apply for financial aid and deciding who will be responsible […]

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What’s the Difference Between Shared Parenting and Sole Residential Parenting?

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Parental involvement in children’s lives after a divorce or break-up is one of the primary concerns people have when they contact our office. When a child’s parents live together, usually “custody” isn’t an issue, but when parents live in separate households, parental rights become a much bigger concern. In many states, when family law attorneys […]

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Coronavirus and Child Support: What to Do if Your Income Has Changed

Every day, we are getting more news about the coronavirus and most of it is discouraging: more and more people are getting sick, many are dying, and a vaccine may be more than a year away.  As if the health news isn’t enough of a burden, it is accompanied by an economic tsunami. With so […]

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Tax Tips for Divorcing Parents (and the Newly Divorced)

Divorce brings many adjustments: different living arrangements, different schedules with the kids, different expenses, and different budgets. If you’ve gotten divorced within the last year, there is one more change you are probably dealing with right now: filing your income taxes without a spouse. This adjustment can be a painful one, and not just for […]

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Deviating From the Ohio Child Support Guidelines

In 2018, there was a major overhaul to Ohio child support law, in an effort to bring it (literally) into the 21st century and account for the realities that modern families must deal with. While the new guidelines more closely reflect the needs of Ohio families, there remain some situations in which ordering child support […]

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Step-Parent Adoption in Ohio: What You Need to Know

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As you might imagine, in a family law practice, a lot of our work involves helping couples unwind their relationships. Even when this is a necessary step and best for them and their children, it can be a sad time. That is why we especially relish the times when our work gets to bring families […]

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What are Ordinary (and Extraordinary) Health Care Expenses?

Baby's visit to the doctor | Melissa Graham-Hurd & Associates

As you may be aware, Ohio child support law was recently updated for the first time in 25 years. These changes were overdue and necessary, but because they are significant, they are likely to be confusing to those who have to deal with them. One of the major changes has to do with ordinary and […]

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