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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Ohio on
Q: Do l Still have the right to get a lawyer even if our dissolution has been finalized? And is it worth it?

We got a dissolution last May 5,2021. And until now l still haven’t get the title of the car that we both agreed that he is going to transfer it to my name. His lawyer that we used for the dissolution was also the one who process QDRO for the car payoff but until now it hasn’t been finalized or... Read more »

Anthony C. Satariano
Anthony C. Satariano answered on Jan 24, 2022

You absolutely have the ability to hire a lawyer. If your ex-husband is not complying with the terms of the dissolution order, you may have the ability to pursue a contempt claim against him.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Q: My husband is in jail for dv he got arrested was out on bond and got arrested again I need advice on how to make this

Better I never intended for any of this we've been married for a long time and he takes care of our family I need to get him out of jail out of trouble and back to work

Anthony C. Satariano
Anthony C. Satariano answered on Jan 18, 2022

In Ohio, whether or not the State proceeds with DV charges is up to the prosecutor. It is not up to the victim. Your husband should consult with a criminal defense attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Ohio on
Q: I need to start a no fault divorce while my wife lives in a different state. We have no assets to fight over.

We were married in June of 1998 in Lorain, Ohio and she left me in October of 2005. At the time we agreed to take what was ours and be done with each other. We had a minor child that we shared custody of with no issues. Here, 16 years later, we are still married. We talked about it and attempted to... Read more »

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Anthony C. Satariano answered on Jan 18, 2022

You can proceed with a non-contested divorce wherein as long as your wife is served, most courts will allow you to finalize the divorce without your wife ever coming to court. Or, if your wife wishes to cooperate, you can file for a dissolution which would require both of you to come to court one... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: If an ex boyfriends mom gave me a phone and added me to her phone plan, then suspends my phone and threatens me with the

Police is that legal? She gifted it to me and now I’m being told that if I don’t return it she will get the police involved and use my phone records.

Anthony C. Satariano
Anthony C. Satariano answered on Jan 18, 2022

This question depends on the nature of the transfer. If she truly gifted it to you, there is an argument it is yours. If she merely intended for you to use it, then it may still be hers. But, as the owner of the plan she likely has an undisputed ability to suspend phones she pays for.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Q: What steps can I take without legal representation, my daughters mother wants to relocate out of the state of Ohio.

I had paternity test done, I am the father. We have not been to court at all to set child support or custody etc. our daughter is 4 years old. Cincinnati Ohio area

Anthony C. Satariano
Anthony C. Satariano answered on Jan 18, 2022

If you are an unmarried father in the State of Ohio who has not been to court yet to establish custody or visitation rights, then right now you have 0 rights and the mother can move wherever she wants with the child. You need to speak with a lawyer about your options.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Hi I need major help I live here in Ohio my fiance sister has custody of my daughter she won't see or talk to her on

On Christmas and she begs my sister N law to let her talk to us she cry's every night and she is very emotional deserved child all she wants to do is come home we lost custody due to not having a job and all the other accusations against us was false and we'll I guess my question is do I... Read more »

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Anthony C. Satariano answered on Jan 3, 2022

What rights you have will have been determined in the legal process in which you lost custody. If you were granted visitation, then you have a right to that visitation. If you were not granted visitation, then you will have to file for visitation.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Ohio on
Q: Can i have my spouse sign an agreement before purchasing a home?

My wife an I have had problems and we are about to buy a home. I dont want to have 5+ years of equity go to waste and lose the home to her IF we end things. Can I have someone draw up an agreement to have her sign so that if we divorce, we can split the home down the middle or one of us buys the... Read more »

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Anthony C. Satariano answered on Nov 5, 2021

Postnuptial agreements (meaning after you are already married) are not enforceable in Ohio. However, your goals (either split the home equity or one of you buy the other out) are both very likely scenarios if a divorce occurred regardless.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: If my grandfather signed over his house to me 14 years ago can he just take it back
Anthony C. Satariano
Anthony C. Satariano answered on Oct 29, 2021

If your grandfather completed a full transfer (i.e. the property is now deeded to you without any contingencies) then it is unlikely he can just :take it back". I suggest speaking with a lawyer to have them review the documents involved with the "signing over".

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: Ex filed contempt of court charges due to him missing 3 visits. If I give him 3 extra visits will I be found guilty?

3 extra weekend visits will be before court date

Anthony C. Satariano
Anthony C. Satariano answered on Oct 25, 2021

If your ex missed his visits he is guaranteed by a court order due to some withholding or interference by you, then you can be found in contempt. But, it is possible the court will consider the matter resolved if he is provided make up visits before you ever go to court. That is not guaranteed.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: Is it illegal for an employer to ask you to transport an item that is suspected to have an illegal substance in it?

My employer told me I was going to transport an item what is believed to contain an illegal substance. What can happen to my employer? I am in Human Resources and I am in no way shape or form associated with any form of law enforcement. It is unknown if the belongings has an illegal substance... Read more »

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Anthony C. Satariano answered on Oct 15, 2021

This largely depends on your employment. If you are a crime lab technician or a law enforcement officer, then transporting illegal substances happens every day and is perfectly legal. If you are a pizza delivery person and your boss asks you to transport drugs, that is a very different story. More... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: I am the main-applicant of my apartment. Can I get co-applicant evicted

The co-applicant is my girlfriend. She constantly harasses and threatens me. She will scream and yell for hours if need be. She does not help with any bills or household necessities (including food). She has no problem slandering me or my family constantly. She has no respect for me or anything in... Read more »

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Anthony C. Satariano answered on Oct 15, 2021

If you are both tenants on the lease, then you are in a tough spot. If she was just listed on the application as a resident and you are the sole renter on the lease, you likely could evict here. But if you are both true tenants, it is unlikely that you would have any superior right over her to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: Dog custody in dissolution

My husband and I are going through a dissolution. We had 2 dogs, he got one and I got the other. I was finally able to see the dog he has and his nails are completely grown out and his undercoat is matted. My ex moved to a tiny apartment so he has nowhere to run and play. I was always the primary... Read more »

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Anthony C. Satariano answered on May 7, 2020

Your question indicates you are going through a dissolution. In a dissolution, the division of all property (including pets) must be agreed on ahead of time. In other words, the agreement must address the dogs, the judge will not make a decision on who gets the dog that day.

Further, if...
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1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Ohio on
Q: Eviction

So my mother and I own a house together. I am on the deed of the house. She is trying to evict my boyfriend and father of my child out of the house we all live in. He pays one bill that is in her name. Can I fight her on trying to evict him? Can she even legally evict him if hes paying her... Read more »

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Anthony C. Satariano answered on Apr 15, 2020

If your mother owns the home, then she can evict your boyfriend. Simple as that. Since he has lived there 2+ years, she will have to go through the formal eviction process as he has clearly established residency there. It does not matter at all that he has been helping to pay bills.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: Can I kick out my mother?

I'm the coborrower on my mothers mortgage loan, I asked her to refinance my name off loan she is refusing. I need name off loan as my fiance and I are expecting and want our own place. Lender said since I have better income and credit I can take over loan by my self. How do I kick her out and... Read more »

Anthony C. Satariano
Anthony C. Satariano answered on Apr 13, 2020

It will not be as easy as "kicking her out".

If you are both on the loan (and presumably the deed) then you both own the property. You basically have 2 options:

1) Negotiate with your mom to have her agree to come off the deed and loan and have the bank put the mortgage...
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2 Answers | Asked in Probate for Ohio on
Q: Hello my mom just passed away april 3 and I am next to kin are beloved family home of over 50 years was in her name

she was married so how would this go in the state of ohio if I want to put house in my name can I legally do this or can not because of her husband I need help with this process and if there is any other information that can help me thanks

Anthony C. Satariano
Anthony C. Satariano answered on Apr 10, 2020

There are a lot of factors that will be in play. To answer your question as simply as possible, you cannot just put the house in your name right now.

First, how the property is specifically deeded will be crucial. If it is deeded jointly with her husband with survivorship language, then he...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: Mother signed over custody of her son to the Father.Now the mother wants visitation rights. Is this possible?

The Mother has been out of the child's life for 6 years and in and out of jail. The Father has steady job and provides for the child in a stable home and does not want the Mother in his life. Will the courts allow

Anthony C. Satariano
Anthony C. Satariano answered on Apr 10, 2020

The true answer is: it depends.

The mother has the legal right to petition a court asking that she be granted visitation with the child. The court will then evaluate the statutory "best interest" factors to determine if it is in the child's best interest to provide the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: i got a girl pregant and she doent want anything to do with me.

what can i do so that this doesnt ruin my future and that she cannot come and try to get money from me if she doesnt want to be in my life

Anthony C. Satariano
Anthony C. Satariano answered on Apr 2, 2020

Nothing.

If you are the biological father of a child, you are legally obligated to help support that child until it reaches the age of 18 and graduates from high school. It does not matter if you have any parental rights, or what those rights might look like, the law allows her to pursue...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: Do I have to send my 6 year old to PA for visit during the stay at home order?

I am the legal custodian of a 6 year old. Biological parents are not in Ohio they live 4 hours away in PA. They have a court order for visitation at their residence the first weekend of the month. I'm worried at the distance and because my husband is at higher risk and we have no idea or way... Read more »

Anthony C. Satariano
Anthony C. Satariano answered on Apr 2, 2020

The short answer is: Yes.

The stay at home order does not change court ordered visitation and if you do not comply with the court order, you will be in contempt and subject to the associated penalties.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Q: Can my husband break into my phone and take messages and personal photos off of it without me knowing
Anthony C. Satariano
Anthony C. Satariano answered on Apr 1, 2020

Yes he can. While you are married, the majority of the property either of you own is considered "marital property" meaning both of you have a right to it.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: Will I be held in contempt for denying visitation due to COVID-19?

My ex lives in Kentucky and I live in Ohio. We have court ordered visitation but due to the pandemic and the stay at home order, I do not think my child should travel from Ohio to Kentucky for visitation especially when her stepmom is a nurse and is likely exposed to COVID-19 already.

Anthony C. Satariano
Anthony C. Satariano answered on Mar 31, 2020

You can be held in contempt. The stay at home order and the pandemic restrictions DO NOT negate court ordered visitation. Travel related to custody exchanges is deemed essential travel and thus is allowed under the current public health changes.

I suggest trying to discuss your concerns...
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