Private Judge Statute

Private Judge Statute.  I am a fan.

A recent Continuing Legal Education class taught me about the benefits of using a private judge.  A private judge is a retired judge who has registered with the Ohio Supreme Court. The registration states that the judge is willing to serve as a judge according to an agreement entered into by the parties under R.C. 2701.10.  The parties must file an agreement in their case in order to be heard by the private judge.  The agreement must be signed by all interested parties and by the retired judge who will be hearing the matter.  Continue reading

Same-Sex Divorce in Ohio

With the recent changes in federal and Ohio law, LGBT couples are now afforded the same right to marry previously only granted to the union of a man and woman.  There is the fair expectation that some of these marriages will similarly end in divorce or dissolution.  While many of the legal issues involved in the termination of an LGBT marriage are the same as those traditionally between a man and a woman, there are some important distinctions and issues that need to be addressed.

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What do bankruptcy and divorce have in common?

Question:      What do bankruptcy and divorce have in common?

Answer:         Both can provide a chance for a fresh start.

 

Which should I do first: Divorce or Bankruptcy?  And,

should I file with or without my soon to be ex-spouse?

As with many questions asked of an attorney, the answer is “It depends.”   Bankruptcy and divorce are two separate legal processes that often go hand in hand, but one can have a negative impact on the proceedings of the other.  A complex analysis is often needed to be able to realize all the benefits of a bankruptcy filing.

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