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Child Support and Special Needs Children: The importance of a special needs trust when parents of special needs children are getting divorced or establishing a child support order.


Individuals with special needs may be eligible for government assistance programs like SSI and Medicaid.  SSI is intended to provide financial assistance for food and shelter and Medicaid provides health insurance coverage. Child support payments impact eligibility for these programs and the establishment of a special needs trust when the child becomes an adult can be critical to maximizing child support payments and government benefits for the child.

When the child is a minor and receiving SSI:

When a minor is residing with a parent, his parent’s financial resources are taken into… Read the rest

7 Life Changes that May Require a Change to Your Will


7 Life Changes that May Require a Change to Your Will

From the time when you make your Last Will and Testament to the time of your passing, life changes often happen that may change who should receive your property, who should administer your estate or who should act as guardian of your children.  Some common circumstances which may implicate the need for a change to your will include:

  1. One or More of Your Named Executors or Beneficiaries has Died: Under Ohio law, unless otherwise stated in your will, a bequest to a beneficiary who dies before you will go to that beneficiary’s descendants as provided
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How to Get Attorney Fees Paid in a Divorce

Who Can Receive Attorney Fees?

Either party can be awarded attorney’s fees (in full or in part) in a divorce action or any action arising from the initial divorce, if the court finds the award to be ‘equitable.’

How Does the Court Determine What is Equitable?

The court considers the parties’ marital assets and income, any award of temporary spousal support, the conduct of the parties, and any other relevant factors the court deems appropriate in deciding what is ‘equitable.’

Will I be paid in Full or in Installments?

The court may specify whether the award of attorney’s… Read the rest

Sofia Vergara and the Fate of an Embryo

Actress Sofia Vergara recently had a public dispute with her ex-fiance Nick Loeb over their frozen embryos. It has been reported that Vergara and Loeb created two embryos. An embryo is created in a lab by fertilizing a woman’s egg with a man’s sperm. When the couple parted ways, Loeb sued Vergara for control of the embryos. Loeb would like to use the two embryos to have children through the use of a surrogate, whereas Vergara wishes to keep the embryos frozen. Prior to creating the embryos, the couple had signed a contract that stated that both parties had to agree to bring the embryos to term. Should… Read the rest

How Does a Domestic Relations Court in Ohio Divide Property in a Divorce?

If you and your spouse are unable to divide your property via a Separation Agreement in a Dissolution of Marriage or Settlement Agreement in a Divorce proceeding, the Court will need to do it for you.  In order divide your property, the Court will go through the following steps.

First, the Court will determine which property is separate property and which is marital property.

Separate property means any of the following: an inheritance received by a spouse during the marriage; any property acquired by a spouse prior to the date of marriage; passive income and appreciation acquired from separate… Read the rest