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Divorce and Family Law Archives

How do you stay safe at home while quarantining?

The world we live in, as COVID-19 spreads around the world and throughout our county, is not the same world we lived in a year or even a month ago. By the end of March no fewer than 30 states had implemented "stay at home orders" to help flatten the curve and hopefully reduce the number of people infected with the coronavirus.

How does the Coronavirus affect parenting with an ex?

March 2020 is one for the books. We have gone from worrying about a week that began with a full moon and ended with Friday the 13th to this week we are all working from home and our kids may not go back to school for months. What does that mean for parenting with an ex-spouse and what, more importantly, does it mean for your kids?

A Note from the Rittgers & Rittgers Domestic Relations team on the custody implications of Ohio's Extended Spring Break:

Effective March 16, 2020, Governor DeWine has implemented an "extended Spring Break" for all K-12 public and private schools. As of now, this announcement does not include daycares or in-home childcare. This announcement has left many people wondering how the school closures affect their existing custody orders. In most cases, if you have an existing custody order or shared parenting plan, there is an allocation of the Spring Break vacation per your child's school calendar. At Rittgers, as a team, our office is monitoring how the courts are interpreting custody orders in light of the Governor's statement. However, as of now, our recommendation to all parents is to allow exercise of the Spring Break for the previously planned one-week period then return to your regular parenting schedule. Obviously, with schools closed and many people being encouraged to work from home, we encourage flexibility and understanding of your co-parent's situation. This recommendation may change depending on facts specific to your situation or your parenting plan. If you have questions about your specific situation, please don't hesitate to reach out to us to set up a consult with one of our team.

What is yours is mine and what is mine is mine too?

How to determine separate property in divorce 

When entering a marriage many spouses combine all their financial assets into joint accounts, buy property together, and proceed under the assumption of 'what is mine is yours' and vice versa. However, this age-old adage does not hold true in a divorce. In Ohio, during a divorce, the court divides into two categories; separate property and marital property. Once the property is categorized, the court then makes an equitable division of all property between the spouses according to the specific facts of the case.

Will The Court Punish My Ex For Having An Affair?

Like many issues in domestic relations, seeking to be reimbursed by the domestic relations court when your spouse has irrevocably broken the marriage vows through actions such as an affair would fall into the category of "it depends."

Fifty-Fifty Custody

People often tell me that their goal for the resolution of their case is 50/50 custody.  I hear the term almost daily in this area of the law.  This term is actually incorrect.

When Can a Survivor Terminate Parental Rights

The State of Maryland is making news this week in catching up to most of the rest of county by unanimously passing a bill that is expected to be signed by the governor that will allow victims of rape or sexual assault to terminate parental rights of their attackers. Maryland's proposed law goes further than many other states in that it does not require a conviction or guilty plea to rape or sexual assault but rather just a finding that there was "clear and convincing" evidence of the attack.

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