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Eliminating your debts could improve the lives of your children

As parents, many Ohio residents make an effort to shield their kids from stress. This means shouldering the burden when it comes to matters that can lead to worries, such as financial concerns. According to a recent study, high levels of debt could have a serious negative impact on the well-being of children, regardless of the lengths to which parents go to protect their kids from money-related stress. As a result, eliminating your debts could have significant impacts on children's quality of life.

College students can successfully navigate sexual assault charges

Over the past few years, the media and the public have become increasingly concerned about the ways in which sexual assault and rape accusations are handled on college campuses. For too long, victims have been denied the justice owed to them due to inadequate and callous responses to their accusations by campus authorities.

An 'unemotional' approach to dividing your marital assets

If you are either thinking about filing for divorce or are currently navigating this process, it is important that you consider not only the emotional consequences of separating from your spouse, but also the practical and financial consequences of doing so. Certainly, the emotional realities of your marriage are likely those driving you to file for divorce. However, if you opt to divorce from your spouse without first preparing yourself financially, you may find yourself in a compromised position.

For seniors, bankruptcy can be key to eliminating your debts

Most Ohio residents look forward to their retirement years, and the chance to step away from the pressures and demands of a career and focus on more personal goals. Some will take up new hobbies or revisit previous interests; others will spend time with their grandchildren or travel. For many senior citizens, however, those plans are disrupted by high levels of debt. In such cases, personal bankruptcy may be the most efficient and effective means of eliminating your debts.

Understanding assault charges and claims of self-defense

As kids, many of us had at least one experience involving a physical altercation. Such altercations are often treated as inevitable rites of passage in popular culture. For example, acting in self-defense against a school bully is essentially treated as a matter of course in American coming of age stories. As we get older, however, fighting is generally perceived differently by others. And in practical terms, physical altercations between adults are often considered to be criminal in nature.

Some jobs help with eliminating your debts

Earning a college degree is a top priority for many Ohio residents. Quite a few are even willing to go deep into debt to attain the designation of college graduate. Often, they do so in the belief that having a degree will lead to a good job with great pay and benefits. Few consider the years it will take to pay off student loan debt. When it comes to eliminating your debts, the road can be long and arduous.

Could your child benefit from a custody modification?

When you and your child's other parent either separated or divorced, you likely drew up some sort of governing child custody arrangement. This arrangement may have been drawn up formally or informally, with or without the assistance of experienced family law attorneys. In the years since this arrangement was drawn up, your child has grown and your family life has almost certainly evolved. Because the needs of children tend to change over time, it is entirely possible that elements of your child custody arrangement no longer reflect your child's best interests.

Estate planning cannot be discriminatory

When an Ohio resident thinks about estate planning, he or she is usually under the impression that the wishes laid out within the estate planning documents will be adhered to when the time comes for that plan to be called into action. In certain cases, however, that may not be the final outcome. It is important to understand that in order for a will to be valid, it must be in line with public policy. A recent case examines how discrimination can impact one's estate planning outcome.

Why an attorney's guidance may be helpful for first-time OVI offenders

If you have been charged with drunk driving and it's your first offense, you may be wondering if hiring an attorney is worth the money. Many people in this situation wonder the same thing. They question whether the penalties for a first conviction (or plea) are really that bad. They debate whether a lawyer can do anything for them that they cannot do themselves. Some even weigh the idea that legal bills may be more troublesome than any sentence they may receive.

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