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Q: Ex refuses to communicate with me about switching her loan to me as specified in divorce decree. It’s been 3 years.

Ohio

Parent plus loan she took out.

Decree states we work together to switch it into my name in a timely manner. Options?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Aug 15, 2022

Your divorce decree might require mediation of any disputes. But if that doesn't work, then you could file with the court asking to have her held in contempt if she does not comply. Talk to your divorce attorney or use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: My ex and i have a suv together. He took it from me while i was at work. Can I take it back in the same manner?

4 years ago we bought the suv together. 2 years ago I found him cheating, and kicked him out. He kept the car we paid off, and I drove (and paid for) that one. The other night I was at work, and he came and took the car. He sent me a text message saying he had it and to not report it stolen. He... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Aug 1, 2022

It depends on if he is an ex-boyfriend or an ex-spouse. If he is an ex-spouse, then the divorce decree and property separation agreement determine who gets the vehicle. But an unmarried couple does not have the same legal process for dividing a vehicle as in a divorce when they split up. If he... Read more »

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Q: My married was ended via dissolution. Agreed for wife to have the house. Now it's being sold. Do I get any of that mone?

I was under the impression that she was only living in the house while I moved out. It wouldn't make any sense for me to just give her the house and not get any return on the money I invested into it. Cuyahoga County. Ohio.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Jul 30, 2022

You might not be entitled to any payment. It depends on what terms were specified in your property separation agreement that was part of the dissolution, and if any equity or proceeds of sale were to be shared. Talk to the attorney who handled your dissolution. If you didn't have an... Read more »

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Q: We want a divorce because we just don’t want to be married but don’t want to go to court, is this possible and fast?

We have no property and don’t want anything from each other. We have a 14 and 15 year old and work out with visitation just fine nonissues for two years now.

Raquel Ann Parish
Raquel Ann Parish
answered on Jul 7, 2022

Parties seeking an uncontested Divorce with children or a Dissolution with children in Ohio must write out their agreements for the court to order a termination of the marriage. The agreements to terminate the marriage with children must include property division, a parenting plan and child... Read more »

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Q: I got married over the phone in 2018 in prison I’m in a halfway house trying to get a divorce but

The woman is acting really suspicious and constantly delaying won’t send me the paperwork I keep asking for to get the divorce going. I don’t even know if I’m actually married it was all done over the phone I called her and she three-way called another woman that was supposedly the one that... Read more »

Raquel Ann Parish
Raquel Ann Parish
answered on Jul 6, 2022

Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 3101.08 describes who can marry people an ordained or licensed minister of any religious society or congregation within this state who is licensed to solemnize marriages, a judge of a county court in accordance with section 1907.18 of the Revised Code, a judge of a... Read more »

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Q: Can I fire my attorney for my divorce case? This is in Ohio

We have pre-trial next week and trial next month

Raquel Ann Parish
Raquel Ann Parish
answered on Jun 27, 2022

Clients are free to fire their attorney at anytime and can do so in writing to inform of the decision and to request that no further work be done on the case. It is highly suggested that prior to doing this clients consult another attorney who can potentially take over the case since there might... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: If the wife committed adultery, how can the husband go about ending the marriage with no spousal support in final ruling

My wife cheated on me no longer than 7 months ago. We are still legally married with no legal separation. We are no longer living together as of a week ago. There are a lot of things regarding finances and property her and I are going over. However, I am curious as to how her betrayal benefits me... Read more »

Raquel Ann Parish
Raquel Ann Parish
answered on Jun 20, 2022

Pursuant to section 3105.171 concerning equitable division of marital and separate property - distributive award in Divorce the Ohio Legislature has ruled the court shall provide for an equitable division of marital property prior to making any award of spousal support to either spouse and without... Read more »

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Q: Where can I find a separation agreement that says I want a dissolution of marriage?

When I go on the website there's only one separation agreement and there isn't a place for me to say it's for a dissolution. I'm not sure where to find the one I need. And if I'm supposed to use that one I'm not sure how I'm supposed to say it's for a... Read more »

Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss
answered on Jun 15, 2022

It does not need to say it's for a dissolution. In either a divorce or dissolution by agreement the separation agreement is only a part of the total judgment that divides assets and debts between the parties.

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Q: Me and my wife been separated for 7 yrs and we don't really talk anymore I'm just trying to figure out to get divorced
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Jun 9, 2022

If you have been separated that long, and if you have already divided your property and assets, then you could terminate your marriage by filing for a dissolution -- but you both have to be able to agree on everything. Otherwise you file for divorce. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to talk to a local... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: I am trying to file for divorce, we agreed to do a dissolution and certain days for the father to see our son.

The father then got on drugs and rarely saw my son. He went to jail in november 2021, then to rehab and is now in a transitional housing unit, and still rarely seeing or contacting him. Is there anything I can do to fight this, besides getting a lawyer due to me having no job,as i am a stay at home... Read more »

Raquel Ann Parish
Raquel Ann Parish
answered on Jun 7, 2022

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Q: My 80 yr old mother receives monthly payments as a result of a divorce over 20+ years ago. Her ex passed away this year.

She was told that her payments each month will be reduced if she did not produce an original death certificate. Her ex-husband remarried . Is it possible for her to request a death certificate or not? She does not own or use a computer so I am asking the question on her behalf.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Jun 6, 2022

A death certificate is a public record. She can request one from the county office in which it was filed by calling them and finding out how to submit a request and the amount of the fee.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Ohio on
Q: I’m filling out a certificate of assignment for my dissolution but we have NO minor children. How do I fill this out?
Raquel Ann Parish
Raquel Ann Parish
answered on May 30, 2022

Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 3105.171 A division or disbursement of property or a distributive award made under an Ohio Divorce is not subject to future modification by the court except upon the express written consent or agreement to the modification by both spouses. This means a final order... Read more »

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Q: I am 66 and about to retire and work three days a week. I am also getting a divorce. I have already moved into my own.

My husband gets a pension from Ford motors. Now I have heard that I may be able to receive a part of that pension. We have been married 12 years. If this is true, will it be taken from his existing pension or not. If not, what steps do I take in order to receive this benefit. I could really... Read more »

Raquel Ann Parish
Raquel Ann Parish
answered on May 26, 2022

Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 3105.171 a division or disbursement of property or a distributive award made by Divorce is not subject to future modification by the court except upon the express written consent or agreement to the modification by both spouses. This means that the final order... Read more »

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Q: My divorce got finalized a few months ago. I just found out he was hiding money. Is there anything I can do ?

He left 7 cents in the joint account where my paychecks went to and made it seem like he was broke and struggling. He had over $20,000 in one of his accounts. I’ve been having car problems, driving an hour to and from work and ended up moving a few hours away because he kept harassing me, would... Read more »

Raquel Ann Parish
Raquel Ann Parish
answered on May 25, 2022

The Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 60 provides grounds for filing motions to request a new trial after a Divorce Decree has already been granted. Failure to disclose certain assets is grounds to claim fraud and possible perjury. However, the Court may not grant the motion if there is a finding... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Divorce for Ohio on
Q: My ex-wife and I still own a house together. She is refusing to pay any amount of the mortgage. What can I do

We bought the house, in North Carolina, shortly after getting married. Our jobs moved us out of state and we rented the house out on a 5 year lease with option to buy. The renters didn't buy, but still living there without paying rent (another legal issue in progress), and my now ex-wife is... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on May 13, 2022

Your divorce decree should have specified what was to happen to that house, who was to pay mortgage, expenses, etc. If ex is not complying with the decree, then you can file with the court that issued your divorce decree and ask the judge to order her to comply and to hold her in contempt if she... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Divorce for Ohio on
Q: Want Divorce from alcoholic husband. Together we have 3 daughters and he refuses leave! What are my options?

Married 12 years.

His unpredictable behaviors are escalating, now having people over 4 nights a week, until 2am most times. I am a professional with a demanding schedule and will need a nanny afterwards. I'm very on edge lately not sleeping, worrying about the safety of myself and... Read more »

Raquel Ann Parish
Raquel Ann Parish
answered on May 9, 2022

There are situations where the parties will need help from the court to make decisions about the marital home and marital property at the very beginning of the Divorce case. Courts in Ohio use temporary orders to give the parties a set of rules which they must follow while the Divorce case is... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Ohio on
Q: Divorce question.

My wife and I are seperated and getting a divorce. She has offered to settle out of court with her getting 20% of my income. She says I should take the deal because if we go to court she will be granted 33% automatically. She's claims to to have medical conditions that won't allow her to... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Apr 29, 2022

If a person claims they cannot work, that is one issue that a court could consider, and could require proof. Otherwise, the court could assume how much income that person should be able to earn in calculating spousal support amounts. There is no "automatic 33%" formula. Each case is... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Q: Filed for divorce on 3/17 and served summons to spouse in jail for domestic violence charges against me..

It's been over 30 days.. is there a way to expedite this divorce?

Raquel Ann Parish
Raquel Ann Parish
answered on Apr 22, 2022

Divorce hearings are set generally once the clerk receives proof of service. The opposing party has 28 days to file an answer and can file a counterclaim and/or other motions. When parties are not seeing any hearing date and it has been a reasonable time for the clerk to process the proof of... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Divorce for Ohio on
Q: Dividing marital assets-does using dividend checks jointly make the principal amount on an inheritance community prop.?

The inheritance was left in one spouse’s name and in separate investment account. Quarterly dividend checks have sometimes been used for items for both spouses. Principal never been cashed or moved.

Raquel Ann Parish
Raquel Ann Parish
answered on Apr 19, 2022

Ohio is not a community property state. Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 3105.171 the Court must make an equitable division of all marital property. The Ohio code states that marital property does not include any separate property and that separate property can be found if one spouse has received an... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Divorce for Ohio on
Q: Can I evict my husband if he moved out two weeks ago an lives in another town in ohio

My house in owned an in my name. If not can any other measures be taken to keep him from destroying my house there has been nothing filed but he has takin residence in another home

Raquel Ann Parish
Raquel Ann Parish
answered on Apr 12, 2022

Ohio courts can make orders when parties are in the process of a divorce and they need to get rules in place quickly such as who will remain in the marital home or pay certain debts. As part of the court's temporary orders one party can be ordered to vacate the marital home and forced to find... Read more »

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