In a recent decision by the Tenth District (Franklin County) Court of Appeals, a party to a divorce action who was representing herself in a post-decree matter lost because she didn’t heed the Court’s deadlines. First, she didn’t timely file objections to a Magistrate’s decision. Second, she failed to appear at a hearing regarding the objections. Lesson: the legal arena can be difficult to navigate and is often unforgiving when it comes to deadlines, and sometimes a penny wise (not hiring an attorney) is a pound foolish. Here’s the case: Theodore v. Theodore
Custody Evaluators vs. Guardians ad Litem – What is the Difference?
Recently, the Ohio Supreme Court issued guidelines regarding custody evaluations in family law cases. Not every case involves a custody […]
Is Court-Ordered Nesting “For the Birds,” or Can it Work?
I have encountered numerous unusual divorce and child custody cases as a family law attorney. But a recent custody dispute […]
Divorce filings rise in Ohio for the first time in 10 years
COVID-19 brought on more challenges than anyone could have predicted and Joanne Beasy and Danielle Skestos saw this firsthand with the first rise in […]
What is a QDRO in the Divorce or Dissolution Process?
Let’s talk retirement accounts. Even if your spouse never set foot in your workplace, or you never set foot in your […]
“Dissolution vs. Divorce: What are the Differences?,” Divorce Magazine
In an article published in Divorce Magazine on Monday, May 6, Joanne Beasy discusses the differences between dissolution, divorce and […]
May a Child Call a Step-Mom “Mom”?
According to a New Jersey Court, the answer is yes, a step-mom may be called “Mom” by his/her step-child. While […]
Trial Means Trial…Car Troubles or Not…
In a recent decision from the Ohio Fifth District Court of Appeals, a hard lesson was learned by a party…trial […]
New Franklin County Parenting Coordination Rule!
Effective September 15, 2015, the Franklin County Common Pleas Domestic Relations Division and Juvenile Branch adopted Parenting Coordination Rules. As […]
Your Mobile Phone Easily Records Conversations…But Is Recording Legal?
Ohio is a “one party” consent state when it comes to recording a “wire, oral or electronic communication.” R.C. 2933.52(B)(4). That means […]
You’ll Pay if You Delay!
In a June 24, 2015 decision from the Fifth District Court of Appeals regarding a Delaware County, Ohio case, the […]