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Medina county gun trust attorneyCreating an estate plan is a good idea for anyone, regardless of age. Many people in the U.S. own firearms--an estimated 30 percent of Americans own at least one gun. For these Americans, planning what happens to those guns after their death is an important consideration. Transferring the possession of firearms can be complicated, but using a gun trust can help streamline the process. For gun owners, gun trusts are a valuable part of a solid estate plan. 

Background of National Firearms Act

The National Firearms Act (NFA) is the set of laws that regulate the making and transfer of firearms. Firearms that fall under the control of the NFA include:


Medina divorce child custody lawyerWhen you decide to get a divorce, there are many things you have to consider as you and your spouse separate your lives from each other. If you have children, there are even more things you have to deal with, such as who the child will live with and how to divide or share decision-making responsibilities. Divorcing with children is not easy, but it does not have to be overly complicated and difficult. If you have the help of an experienced divorce attorney, many of your child custody issues can be dealt with as well.

Parental Rights and Responsibilities

Like many states, Ohio no longer uses the term “custody.” Instead, Ohio determines what rights and responsibilities each parent will have in regard to the child. There are two types of parenting arrangements that Ohio courts usually assign:


Medina, OH spousal support lawyerWhen getting a divorce, one of the most startling realizations that many couples have is the fact that their standard of living will probably not be the same after they are separated. When you divorce, your income is now essentially split in half, and you have to figure out how you will make ends meet with just your own income. One of the things that is used to account for the possible lack of income is spousal support. Usually, spousal support (also known as alimony) is awarded to a person if their spouse was the primary bread-winner in the marriage. There are a variety of factors that courts use to determine if spousal support is appropriate and how much the payments should be. It is useful for divorcees to understand Ohio’s spousal support laws when they are going through a divorce.

Spousal Support Determinations

One of the first things that Ohio judges will do in a spousal support case is to determine whether or not spousal support is actually needed or warranted. Typically, Ohio judges do not tend to award spousal support to those who were married for less than five years, but it is ultimately up to the individual judge to decide whether or not support is necessary. A multitude of factors are taken into consideration when deciding if support is needed, and if so, the amount and duration of the support payments. These factors include:


Brunswick prenup lawyerPrenuptial agreements are becoming more and more popular as people are waiting to get married until later in life, when they are more likely to own property and high-value assets. Usually, when a couple enters into a prenuptial agreement before they are married, it sets up the asset distribution in the event that the couple gets divorced, meaning that you can protect your assets from being divided in the way the court would divide them according to the law, which is usually not the way you would choose to divide your assets. In order for the court to abide by your agreement, you must have a solid and sound prenuptial agreement. Here are four mistakes that can cause your prenuptial agreement to become invalid and unable to be enforced:

1. You and Your Spouse Used the Same Lawyer

The first thing you should know about crafting a prenuptial agreement is that both you and your spouse must have separate legal representation. This way, both you and your spouse will have someone to advocate for your rights and interests, and you can both be sure that you fully understand the terms of the agreement.


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Wadsworth child support lawyerOne of the many things you must think about and plan for when you get divorced is how your children will be supported once you are no longer married. Custody arrangements can vary, but your child will probably be dividing their time between both parents, which means the costs associated with raising the child will fall on the parent who the child spends the most time with. When this happens, child support is awarded and paid by the non-residential parent to the residential parent. This financial help ensures the child is receiving the standard of living he or she deserves.

Determining Eligibility For Payments

According to Ohio law, any court that issues a shared parenting order will also issue an order of child support, which requires a parent to make support payments. Ohio has a formula and table that is used to determine the amount of child support that will be paid. The law says these methods will be used to determine child support obligations, unless there are “extraordinary circumstances of the parents” that would cause the payments to not be in the best interests of the child. These circumstances may include:

  • The amount of time the child spends with each parent;
  • The ability of each parent to maintain adequate housing for the child;
  • Each parent’s expenses, including child care, school tuition, medical expenses, and dental expenses; and
  • Any other circumstance that the court deems relevant.

The laws also state that formulas for child support payments only apply to parents whose combined income is more than $6,600 or less than $150,000 annually.

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