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Medina County divorce attorneyWhen you get a divorce, perhaps one of the most difficult things you will have to deal with is telling your kids. Just like adults, each child has a different personality and temperament, so it can be difficult to anticipate your child’s reaction to the news of the divorce. While there is no way of getting out of breaking the news to your children, there are certain ways you can tell them and techniques you can use to minimize the negative impact the conversation can have on your child. Here are a few tips you can use to make the conversation with your child go a bit more smoothly:

Tell the Whole Family at Once

When the time comes to tell the children about the divorce, some parents will tell the older children first in an effort to shelter the younger children from the news. While this seems like a good strategy to use, it can be detrimental to both children. Your older child should not have to bear the burden of the news while your younger child is being told that they cannot handle such situations. It is best to gather the entire family and tell everyone at the same time, then follow up with each child individually.

Use Language Your Children Will Understand

Telling your children about your divorce should not focus on details. You should construct your conversation on a “need to know basis.” Your child does not need to know that one of you cheated on the other or that you are having fights over finances. It is crucial to use phrases that your child will understand.

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Medina DWI lawyerIn this day and age, being charged with a DUI, DWI or OVI is a serious incident. With all of the campaigns used to combat drunk driving, it still remains a rather large issue in Ohio. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 10,874 deaths that resulted from drunk driving car crashes in 2017. These deaths accounted for 29 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2017. The state of Ohio does not take driving under the influence lightly. Being charged with a DUI can mean serious consequences, which is why it is always a good idea to hire a skilled DUI defense lawyer if you are facing these charges.

Administrative DUI Consequences

Before you are charged with a DUI, you can face administrative penalties for operating a vehicle while under the influence. You are deemed to have given consent to a chemical test in the state of Ohio if you are driving a vehicle. If you refuse to take a chemical test or you fail a chemical test, you will be subject to administrative penalties from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Failing a chemical test a first time comes with a 90-day driver’s license suspension while refusing a chemical test results in a one-year suspension.

Criminal DUI Consequences

All states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have passed measures that make it illegal to operate a vehicle when with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or greater. In Ohio, the legal threshold is the same, BAC .08, though you can be charged with a DUI even if your BAC is not over the legal limit, as long as the prosecutor can prove that you were intoxicated and/or impaired while you were driving.

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Wadsworth prenuptial agreement lawyerMany people still have the idea that prenuptial agreements are only used by the uber rich and famous. While they are still not commonplace in your everyday marriage, prenuptial agreements are becoming more and more popular, especially with millennials. 

According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, more than half of the lawyers surveyed responded that they observed a rise in requests for prenups from millennials. This is thought to be the result of many young adults waiting longer to get married and bringing more assets into a marriage than the generations before them. If you are on the fence in deciding whether you should get a prenuptial agreement, here are five topics that you should consider:

1. You Have Been Married Before

If you or your spouse has been married prior to your marriage, it can be a good idea to have a prenuptial agreement in place. Previous marriages can bring with them a slew of other issues, like child support and spousal support. It is a good idea to keep these separate from other marital finances.

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Medina County estate planning attorneyNobody likes to think about what happens after one’s own death, but it is one of the smartest things you can do while you are still here. It is may not be pleasant to think about your death, but planning what will happen to your affairs after you die can make your family member’s lives a million times easier. 

It does not matter your age; everyone can benefit from creating an estate plan. One of the considerations you should make when creating your estate plan is how you can avoid a process called probate. And trust us -- you will want to avoid it.

What is Probate?

In basic terms, probate is the process that your estate goes through to distribute your property after you die. The executor of your estate is usually the one who begins the probate process. To begin the process, a probate court will begin validating your will. The court will then authorize your estate’s executor to distribute your assets in the manner that your will dictates. If you have no will, your estate will be distributed according to standard intestate laws.

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Wooster paternity family law attorneyIn the state of Ohio, a child born to an unmarried mother does not have a legal father. This can be problematic for many men because not having legal paternity established means that the mother has all the decision-making power as to custody and other important issues in the child’s life. 

Until the father has paternity legally established, he does not have any of these rights concerning the child. After paternity is established, a father then must petition the court for custody, also called the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities. For the mother, the issue of paternity may come about if she seeks child support.

Two Methods of Establishing Paternity

In Ohio, there are two main ways you can establish the paternity of a child: through voluntary acknowledgment or through genetic testing, which can be done voluntarily or through a court order.

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