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Are Ohio traffic tickets a big deal?

Traffic tickets are a nuisance for drivers. Many times, their issuance seems unfounded, with police officers nitpicking violations to justify the ticket or getting the facts wrong. Other times, drivers may very well deserve them. Either way, though, the easy way out is to just pay the ticket to make it go away.

However, that may not be the best choice. Traffic tickets, even the for the most minor of infractions, have unforeseen consequences. Understanding what they are can help you to determine, with the assistance of a lawyer, how you should respond to the ticket.

The holidays are over. Now, I want a divorce!

It can be especially difficult to say the words "I want a divorce" over the holidays. If you did, more power to you. If you didn't, now may be the time to put an end to your misery.

In either case, there are benefits and disadvantages to asking for divorce over the holiday season. Let's take a look at some of the pros and cons of seeking a divorce around the holiday season.

What happens if you get an OVI in Ohio?

Before you down too many drinks at all the holiday parties you attend this month, be aware of the consequences of getting behind the wheel afterward. In 2016, Christmas had the most alcohol-related fatalities of all holidays, reports the Ohio Department of Public Safety, and the month of December had the most drunk-driving accidents leading to property damage. Furthermore, most alcohol-related crashes occurred between the hours of 8 PM and 4 AM.

Portage County alone had 187 crashes, leading to five deaths last year. With lives at stake, operating your vehicle under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs is a serious offense. Do not underestimate the penalties you will face, whether or not you receive an OVI conviction.

Top 3 reasons you might want a postnuptial agreement

You might assume pre and postnuptial agreements are only for super wealthy celebrities, but this assumption can be harmful to your financial future. If you and your special someone ever separate, your property, debts and personal belongings, such as jewelry, might be at risk of property division. Perhaps you decided to forego a prenuptial agreement but are now worried about the outcome of a potential divorce.

This is exactly why post-marital contracts exist. A postnuptial agreement is essentially the same thing as a prenuptial agreement, except it is created and signed after you say "I do." But how can you be sure you need one? Here are some reasons you might consider a contract after marriage: 

Do you need to modify your divorce decree?

Circumstances in life change, sometimes dramatically, and a situation that existed when you divorced may no longer be true or viable. When a change becomes necessary, you can take steps to modify your divorce decree, and your attorney can help with the process.

A petition for modification to the terms of your divorce must go through the court system, and you will need evidence to back up your request.

Creating a successful co-parenting environment

The Ohio family courts talk about shared parenting instead of joint custody when it comes to children of divorced families. Parents are encouraged to work out an agreeable custody arrangement that works for the children and adults in their particular situation, instead of leaving it up to the court. The ideal plan is to work out an arrangement that meets the best interests of the child. Even if you cannot stay married to your child's parent, it is beneficial for your child to see his or her parents working together to co-parent. Here are some tips to use to help you create a co-parenting plan:

Tips for talking to children about divorce

The decision to divorce is a serious one, hopefully made with careful consideration for all parties involved, especially the children. According to Scientific America, about 1.5 million children in the United States are affected by divorce. Fortunately, the vast majority of these children do recover with time, love and support. Research finds that while children of divorce generally do well, they do even better when parents minimize their kids' exposure to the conflict of divorce. While you can't keep children from knowing about the upcoming separation, you can help them understand what is happening.

When talking to children about divorce, we recommend the following:

Missing your grandchild? There may be help

When a couple breaks up, it does not just affect them and their immediate family. Extended family can also be devastated by the end of a marriage. Aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents who have a relationship with the family and the children can be confused and scared. They may be fearful of losing relationships that are important to them. Will both parents still continue to be in their lives? Will there be restricted access to the kids?

Can I get a court-order to see my grandchildren?

Of all the extended family, the grandparents arguably have one of the closet relationships to the grandchildren. Anger and sadness could affect their relationships with the opposite parent and restricted visitation might ensue. Is there anything a grandparent can do?

Welcome to our first Ohio family law blog post

Welcome to the blog page for Lentz, Noble & Heavner, LLC, Ravenna's preeminent Ohio family law firm serving Portage County and surrounding counties in Central Ohio.

With years of experience behind us, our Ohio family law attorneys have successfully steered clients and their families through just about every kind of legal issue. There is only one thing every divorce, custody, judgment modification or other family law matters have in common: No two cases are ever the same because no two families have ever been the same.

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