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Don't overlook insurance issues during a divorce

As many Ohio residents know, preparing for and going through the process of divorce can be a complicated and often overwhelming endeavor. Because there are so many details to take care of, insurance can be easily ignored. However, forgetting to plan for and prepare for the changes related to health care or life policies can have major consequences later on.

Health insurance is an important detail that should be addressed during the divorce process. In many cases, one partner is under the higher-earning spouse's employer-based health insurance program. After the divorce, the lower-earning spouse might continue with that insurance through COBRA. However, this option can be much more expensive. Furthermore, it's only a temporary solution that's available for up to three years after the divorce. A more permanent solution is to seek out personal health insurance, which should be available through the national marketplace. The 2010 Affordable Care Act made more accessible for people with preexisting conditions.

Ohio drug bust leads to seizure of 55 pounds of meth, pot

On April 15, Ohio authorities arrested two individuals for allegedly distributing methamphetamine from a rural farm in Kimbolton. The bust led to the seizure of more than 55 pounds of drugs.

According to local news reports, law enforcement agents from the Licking County Sheriff's Office and the Newark Police Department received information about two people who were allegedly selling large amounts of meth in the area. This information also led to investigations in Muskingum County and Guernsey County. The two defendants were taken into custody in Dresden, and a search warrant was served at their residence in Kimbolton. During a search of the property, agents allegedly uncovered and seized 5 pounds of methamphetamine, 50 pounds of marijuana, several ounces of cocaine, an unspecified amount of psilocybin mushrooms, hundreds of THC vape pens, two vehicles, three firearms, and over $160,000.

3 mistakes men should avoid while negotiating alimony

Divorce is one of the most emotionally draining events you will experience. It is easy to let the anger and sadness take over. This can lead to errors and misguided decisions when negotiating details and filing documents. 

One common area where men make mistakes is during spousal support negotiations. This process requires you to consider income, assets and overall finances of yourself and your ex. Thinking about all of this can be overwhelming, so it is helpful to know what mistakes to avoid before you make them. Here are some tips for what not to do while figuring out alimony payments. 

State representative pleads to drunk driving charge

An Ohio state representative pleaded guilty to a charge of having physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence. He was pulled over early in the morning on March 29, 2019 by a trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The trooper said field sobriety tests indicated that the representative was impaired. The man was placed under arrest and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence.

On April 4, 2019, the representative accepted a plea bargain to the lesser charge of physical control of a vehicle while under the influence. His attorney said that he had advised the representative that the state may not be able to prove the case against him, but the representative took the offer so the case would be finished. As part of the deal, the man is required to complete an intervention program. If he fails to do that, he will spend five days in jail. He is also required to pay a fine of $250 and his driver's license was suspended for a period of 180 days.

Why use an expert witness in a divorce?

When people in Ohio decide to divorce, it can quickly become apparent that the end of every marriage is unique. Some people, regardless of assets, may be swiftly able to reach a negotiated settlement and move on amicably. However, when a divorce is more contentious and involves extensive assets or children, the process can become lengthy and challenging. When both parties cannot reach an agreement over the distribution of property or custody of the children, it could lead to ongoing court hearings on these key issues. As a result, each spouse may find it useful to rely on expert witnesses in order to bolster their claims.

Divorcing spouses often work with a family law attorney to develop an approach to the legal aspects of a divorce. In some cases, the issues in dispute may require specialized knowledge in order to persuade the family court judge. For example, child custody experts are some of the most commonly used expert witnesses in divorce cases. Usually mental health professionals, these experts will usually interview parents, children and other concerned parties and make a recommendation as to the best interests of the children. Each spouse may bring forth experts to support their arguments.

Aggressive policing leads to surge in arrests

More aggressive policing policies in Ohio and around the country have led to a significant increase in the number of young people being arrested. This was the conclusion reached by researchers from the RAND Corporation after studying information compiled over several decades from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. The data suggests that Americans between the ages of 26 and 35 today are 3.6 times more likely to have been taken into custody by police than those who are older than 66.

The researchers noticed especially pronounced increases in arrests among women and white men. The rate at which white men are arrested has almost tripled in the last few decades according to the RAND study. The number of women arrested before they celebrated their 26th birthday rose from just 1 percent to one in seven during the period studied. The researchers observed increases in both arrests and multiple arrests in every demographic group.

Stopping financial deception in a divorce

Some spouses going through divorce in Ohio may attempt to hide their wealth in an attempt to shield it from property division. High-conflict divorces are sometimes notable for efforts on the part of one spouse to funnel away income, hide investment funds or otherwise deprive the other spouse of their stake in marital property. However, while these people are willing to deceive their spouses, they may be less prepared to file a fraudulent tax return. Divorcing spouses may learn a good deal of important information by examining tax documents.

In the first place, W-2 records should contain not only the amount of income a person received but also the funds that they had withheld from their paycheck. Some people may establish a new 401(k) plan, deposit excess funds into a health savings account or use some kind of other defined contribution plan that they do not disclose. By reviewing the W-2s, it should be possible to see all of the plans that exist through the employer. In addition, some people, especially in professional work or independent businesses, may actually overpay their taxes. While the IRS holds on to the funds, they could always file corrected returns years later and reap the benefits while single. This is another reason it is important to review marital tax returns, especially when moving towards divorce.

How an OVI affects employment

Operating a vehicle while intoxicated can greatly impact a person's life. Many OVIs make local headlines, which is the case for one Franklin County judge, and this can create serious problems in someone's personal life. 

After an OVI conviction, a person may need to perform community service or go to jail. While this is bad enough as is, it also impacts a person's ability to do his or her job. There are many reasons to fight OVI charges, and keeping your job is one of them. 

Avoid triggers during divorce for a more secure future

For many couples divorcing in Ohio and elsewhere, it can be easy to look at the process as one that demands a victor instead of an equitable outcome. The emotional nature of divorce may lead spouses to act irrationally in order to come out on top, penalize one another or deprive one another of property and assets. This might not only affect future financial security, but it may also cause irreparable harm to children in a divorce.

To minimize the potential for such problems, a clinical psychologist writing for Fatherly suggests spouses recognize that behaviors during the marriage may only become amplified in divorce. For example, if fights about money contributed heavily in events leading up to a divorce, financial arguments may become a focal point of contention during the divorce process. Additionally, it is recommended that spouses look inward and examine their own behaviors to minimize the exploitation of personal triggers.

NFL star facing drunk driving charges after playoff game

NFL fans in Ohio and around the country who watched the recent NFC Championship Game may have seen cornerback P.J. Williams record seven tackles and break up one pass as his New Orleans Saints were narrowly beaten by the Los Angeles Rams. Williams is scheduled to become a free agent if he does not sign a new deal in New Orleans, but his prospects of a lucrative contract were dealt a blow in the early morning hours of Jan. 23 when he was taken into custody on drunk driving charges.

According to the New Orleans Police Department, Williams was observed by officers exceeding the posted speed limit by 35 mph and driving erratically on Camp Street near Andrew Higgins Boulevard at about 1:10 a.m. Officers asked Williams to submit to a breath test after pulling his vehicle over, but the athlete is said to have refused to comply. He now faces the prospect of drunk driving charges and a mandatory driver's license suspension.

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