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Violation of Divorce Decree: The Consequences & What You Should Do

Divorce is a highly emotional and stressful process and can be made more difficult by a former spouse who refuses to play by the rules – and by rules, we mean the divorce decree. Divorce decrees are agreements settled upon by both parties and may cover a number of issues, from child custody matters to the division of marital property. Sounds simple enough, but when one party decides to no longer comply, it can leave the other party frustrated and unsure of how to handle it. A few violations of a divorce decree are as follows:

  • The liable party stops making spousal support (alimony) or child support payments
  • One party refuses to allow the other party to see children or keeps children longer than specified in the custody agreement
  • Retains more proceeds from the sale of shared property or refuses to surrender any items listed in the divorce decree

If your former spouse hasn’t been following the agreement in your case, there are steps to take to file an action and have your spouse ordered to follow the agreement. First, you must try and document every violation committed by your former spouse. This means keeping any and all copies of late or short support payments, bounced checks, or any other evidence that suggests your ex-spouse hasn’t been keeping up their end of the bargain when it comes to alimony, child support payments, or other terms of the agreement. The results of being found in violation of a divorce decree can be harsh. Civil judgments can include:

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  • Orders to pay all past-due spousal support and child support with interest and penalties
  • Orders to pay the complaining spouse’s court costs
  • Garnishment of wages
  • Reallocation of parental rights, parenting time or visitation
  • Forfeiture of property

In some cases, there can even be jail time if the spouse who is not making support payments is found to have adequate financial resources, or if they refuse to abide by visitation agreements. The length of the sentence is left to the judge’s discretion.

Divorce issues, especially when they deal with child custody, are fraught with emotion and exhaustion. This is a very difficult time and in many cases, a lot is on the line. You need the help of a lawyer who is experienced in family law. Skinner & Associates represents individuals in a number of areas of family law. If you have questions or concerns regarding your rights or obligations, we will work aggressively on your behalf. Skinner & Associates will give you the personal attention that you deserve. Contact us today for a no obligation consultation by calling 614-664-0200, emailing info@skinnerattorneys.com, or visit our website for more information about Skinner & Associates Attorneys at Law.

Divorce

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What You Need to Know About Administrative Law

According to the Legal Information Institute, administrative law is a “Branch of law governing the creation and operation of administrative agencies.” In other words, it’s a body of law that will carry out laws and regulations passed by Congress and the state legislature.

Congress passes many laws on complicated issues and administrative agencies help fill in the gaps and make additional rules to help Congress achieve its goals. Agencies usually work within a specific issue or area of law. A great example of this is the Social Security Administration or SSA. The SSA was created to implement Congress’s social security and disability laws, and will receive all the applications sent in by individuals applying for disability benefits, determines who will be eligible for those benefits, and will pass rules and regulations to ensure those who are deserving of those benefits are the ones receiving them. When talking about the administrative law, there are some key terms to know:

  • Administrative law judge: A judge who only hears cases related to a specific agency’s regulations, such as a Social Security benefits appeal
  • Agency: A regulatory body established by Congress or a state Legislature, usually given the power to write, monitor and enforce specific regulations
  • Hearing: An administrative procedure similar to a trial, where an administrative law judge or review board hears evidence and arguments, then makes a ruling on an administrative issue
  • Administrative Procedure Act (APA): A federal law that governs how administrative agencies can propose and enact regulations
  • Code of Federal Regulations (CFR): An annual publication containing all of the rules and regulations passed by administrative agencies each year
  • Federal Register: A daily publication containing notices of proposed rules that agencies intend to pass, as well as the final versions of rules and regulations expected to be enacted

Rules and regulations passed by administrative agencies are not the same as laws that are passed by Congress, however, if you do not abide by the rules an administrative agency has put into effect, you can be penalized for your actions. Certain agencies, such as the Social Security Administration can make decisions that can severely affect your benefits and even your livelihood.

When you need an administrative lawyer, you can count on the attorneys at Skinner & Associates. Give us a call today at 614-664-0200, or visit our website to learn more about how our highly trained staff can help you.

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References

https://hirealawyer.findlaw.com/choosing-the-right-lawyer/administrative-law.html

https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/administrative_law

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How our attorneys can help you with your real estate matters

As much as some of us love watching reality shows about houses, sometimes, their version of reality TV isn’t exactly reality. At best, it’s an abbreviated version of the truth, showing some crucial steps when it comes to buying, selling, or up keeping a home, but leaving out many others. At worst, shows centered around the real estate process can spread extreme falsities on the realities of the real estate market.

In the real world, buying and selling your home is full of complexities, and if you’re inexperienced with the housing market, you could become overwhelmed. One area that prospective home buyers find especially complex is the legalities behind their upcoming home purchase. Although real estate law is something reality TV shows largely eliminate from their entertainment, it is a fundamental practice that protects your rights and interests.

Real estate law covers potential legal issues including problems with home sales, purchases, leases, and other transfers of real estate and property. Real estate law also resolves issues such as landlord-tenant issues, property development, zoning, financing, and mortgages and foreclosures.

Having a qualified real estate attorney during your home search is just as crucial as hiring your real estate agent. A real estate lawyer can review complex paperwork for you and represent you at closings to ensure physical, environmental, and other details are fully explained to your satisfaction.

There is no denying that the shows that conquer the reality TV lineup are entertaining and provide inspiration for both home buyers and home sellers alike. But no matter how many episodes you may watch, it is often still difficult to get a comprehensive overview of real estate best practices, particularly in the area of real estate law. That’s where an experienced team like Skinner and Associates comes along; we’ll use our skills and experience to guide you through the complex legalities behind your home purchase.

If you or someone you know needs help in the Real Estate law area, contact Skinner & Associates Attorneys at Law by calling 614-664-0200, emailing info@skinnerattorneys.com or visiting our website for more information on our services.

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Steps to take if you’re Being Sued, or Suing Someone

If you’re being sued, or suing someone, it can become a very stressful situation. Luckily, with a little guidance, you can decide what the right plan of action is depending on your personal position. The attorneys at Skinner & Associates can assist you both if you’re being sued or if you need to sue someone else.

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If You’re Being Sued

The first thing you need to do upon hearing that you’re being sued is to immediately contact an attorney so that you do not miss any deadlines. An attorney with experience in the area of law in which your lawsuit involves will be able to give you the best advice on how to proceed. He or she can tell you how to respond to the claims, what your defenses may be, and how to prepare your case for trial. In most cases, your attorney will serve as your agent in court, and will take the responsibility of filing legal forms, talking to the judge, presenting your arguments and generally minimizing the impact of the lawsuit on your life. Attorneys at Skinner & Associates can also help you attempt to settle your case before trial.

If You’re Suing

Whether you’ve been in an accident or have a financial dispute, you may have a claim against someone else. Before suing, the attorneys at Skinner & Associates will discuss the merits of your claim and possible outcomes. Sometimes, alternative dispute resolution such as mediation could assist you in settling your claim without a trial.  At times, settling a case without a trial could save you the cost of taking depositions and hiring experts.

If you’re looking to sue, or are currently being sued and need the opinion and guidance of a lawyer, contact Skinner & Associates today. We can guide you through the entire process, and help you along every step of the way. Call or email us today at 614-664-0200 or info@skinnerattorneys.com. Please visit our website to learn more about the services we offer.

If you're suing

The information at the Skinner & Associates, LLC website is intended for general informational purposes only and not as specific legal advice. Use of this site is not intended to and does not in any way establish an attorney-client relationship. Visitors to this site should seek professional legal counsel regarding their specific matters. Attorneys at Skinner & Associates, LLC would be pleased to speak with interested parties, but we can only represent clients where we are licensed to practice, and where no other bar to representation exists. If the information provided by this website does not comply with the legal or ethical requirements of a particular user’s state or country, we may be unable to represent you. Although we are a general practice law firm, we may be considered a debt relief agency because we help people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code.

Education Law: What it means to you

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” While we can all agree on the importance of a great education, sometimes there are snags along the way.Education Law in Columbus OH

Education law is one form of law you don’t hear about often. This practice area includes issues such as students’ rights, teachers’ rights, school safety, discrimination, conduct and discipline, special education, curriculum, and education options such as homeschooling and charter schools.

The federal Department of Education funds and regulates all U.S. public schools to some degree, so education law sometimes intersects with administrative law (the body of law governing administrative agencies). In addition, each school district has its own procedures. Our attorneys can assist parents who believe their children’s rights have been violated with where they need to file their grievances.

Student Discipline

Teachers and school administrators need to be able to discipline students to maintain order in the classroom and on campus. Some types of discipline are suspension and expulsion, which are serious actions and can have a lasting impact on your child’s education. Parents who feel their child has been unfairly disciplined may consider legal help and hire a lawyer.

Bullying and Harassment

Bullying and harassment in public schools happens, and unfortunately mobile phones and social media sites have proven to be powerful weapons for school bullies. While virtually all schools prohibit bullying and harassment, some states have also passed laws protecting students. This means schools may be held liable for damages caused by the bullying or harassment of other students or teachers.

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Special Education and Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities, including those enrolled in special education programs, have the right to be tested in order to determine what types of accommodations they need. The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) guarantees access to an education that prepares them for employment and independent living.

If you’re looking for help in the area of Education Law, contact the trusted professionals at Skinner & Associates Attorneys at Law. We have six office locations in central Ohio to better serve our  clients. Call or email us today, at 614-664-0200 or info@skinnerattorneys.com , to schedule a time to speak to an attorney or visit our website at skinnerattorneys.com to learn more about our office and our services.

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Employment Law at Skinner & Associates

It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a job for the first time, or if you’ve recently been terminated, it’s important for you to understand your rights as an employee. Both federal and state governments have enacted a wide range of employment laws protecting employees from discriminatory treatment, unfair labor practices, unsafe work conditions, and more.

Here at Skinner and Associates, we can provide in-depth knowledge on all phases of the employment process, from the interview and hiring stages to promotion, and even termination. In addition, we can provide further information about privacy in the workplace, wage and hour laws, workplace safety, family leave policies, and much more.

Areas where employment law can help you:

  • Hiring Process: Whether it’s your first time looking for a job, or you’re a seasoned professional, it’s always nice to have an employment lawyer on your side.
      • Applications and Interviews
      • Offers and Contracts
      • Contractor or Employee
  • Wages and Benefits: Ensure you’re getting compensated fairly, whether in a new job or promotion.
      • Wage and Hour Laws
      • Fair Labor Standards Act
      • Retirement Benefits
  • Employment Discrimination
      • Race Discrimination
      • Sexual Harassment
      • Religious Discrimination
  • Family and Medical Leave
      • Family and Medical Leave Act
      • State Leave Laws
  • Workplace Privacy
      • Employee Privacy
      • Drug Testing
  • Workplace Safety
      • OSHA
      • Workplace Exposure
  • Whistleblowers
      • Whistleblower Protections
      • Qui Tam Actions
  • Losing a Job: If you feel you’ve been wrongfully terminated, an employment lawyer can help be your voice should you need it.
    • Job Loss Basics
    • Wrongful Termination
    • Unemployment Benefits

Employment laws governs the employer-employee relationship and establishes important rights and regulations that determine what is legal and illegal in the workplace. We represent individuals and companies in a number of employment law areas. If you are an employee and believe your rights have been violated, or are a company and have questions about employment matters, Skinner & Associates will work with you to make sure your rights are protected and your needs are met.

Here at Skinner & Associates, we’re here to serve you. Contact Skinner & Associates Attorneys at Law for a no obligation consultation for a trustworthy, knowledgeable legal team to handle your case. Give us a call today at 614-664-0200 to set up an appointment, or visit our website to learn more about the services we offer and our areas of practice.

Employment Law at Skinner & Associates in Columbus OH

The information at the Skinner & Associates, LLC website is intended for general informational purposes only and not as specific legal advice. Use of this site is not intended to and does not in any way establish an attorney-client relationship. Visitors to this site should seek professional legal counsel regarding their specific matters. Attorneys at Skinner & Associates, LLC would be pleased to speak with interested parties, but we can only represent clients where we are licensed to practice, and where no other bar to representation exists. If the information provided by this website does not comply with the legal or ethical requirements of a particular user’s state or country, we may be unable to represent you. Although we are a general practice law firm, we may be considered a debt relief agency because we help people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code.

Divorce, Dissolution & Legal Separation

Divorce is one of the hardest decisions a person has to endure.  The undertaking can be emotionally painful and should not be entered into lightly.  Much thought and consideration goes into it before the decision is made. If you decide to proceed, it is critical that you learn and understand the differences between legal separation, divorce, and dissolution.

Legal Separation is an arrangement by which a couple remain married but live apart, following a court order.  In a legal separation, the marriage remains legally intact, but the issues addressed by the court in a final order of legal separation are the same matters that are dealt with in a divorce or dissolution.  

There are many reasons why a legal separation is the road some people take instead of divorce or dissolution of marriage.  

Some of these reasons may be:

  • The emotional impact of being divorced — both parties cannot accept the significant social and psychological impact.
  • Religion – some religions prohibit divorce.
  • Financial considerations to remain technically married.   
    • Health insurance.  Many couples are motivated to remaining married (legally separated) because of  health insurance.  In some employer health insurance plans, the coverage and costs change if you divorce, but not if you get a legal separation.  
    • Social security.    The need to remain married in order to meet the 10-year requirement for social security benefits. The decision to legally separate generally means there is a strong desire to provide financial support to the spouse.

Divorce or Dissolution is a  legal dissolution of a marriage by a court, a couple is  no longer married.  However, in all cases, the court addresses the same matters whether it be  pertaining to residential parent, legal custodian, parenting rights, child support, spousal support, division of property and payment of debts.  Legal separation agreement may later be the basis for grounds for a divorce.  However, the marriage remains legally intact until one of the parties says differently.

Divorce vs. Dissolution:  

While both of these process annul or put an end to  a marriage, there is a difference. It’s important to know when selecting between a divorce vs. dissolution  – a dissolution of marriage in Ohio is a much different process than that of a divorce.

While a divorce may end in settlement instead of a trial, a dissolution begins and ends as a settlement between the parties. Additionally, there does not need to be “fault” for a dissolution like there is for a divorce.

Whether a legal separation, a divorce, or a dissolution, if you find yourself down this path, our attorneys will provide you with the one-on-one attention needed for your family law matters and are here to explain all of your options. Contact  Skinner & Associates Attorneys at Law  or call 614-664-0200 to schedule a consultation. We are here to help you through the transition.

The information at the Skinner & Associates, LLC website is intended for general informational purposes only and not as specific legal advice. Use of this site is not intended to and does not in any way establish an attorney-client relationship. Visitors to this site should seek professional legal counsel regarding their specific matters. Attorneys at Skinner & Associates, LLC would be pleased to speak with interested parties, but we can only represent clients where we are licensed to practice, and where no other bar to representation exists. If the information provided by this website does not comply with the legal or ethical requirements of a particular user’s state or country, we may be unable to represent you. Although we are a general practice law firm, we may be considered a debt relief agency because we help people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code.

Sources:

https://www.ohiobar.org/ForPublic/Resources/LawYouCanUse/Pages/LawYouCanUse-101.aspx

https://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/legal-separation-vs-dissolution-of-marriage

http://loraindivorceattorney.com/practice-areas/divorce-vs-dissolution/

The Importance of Estate Planning

You may have heard of estate planning, but do you know what it entails? It may sound complicated, but an estate plan just refers to the documents that almost every individual needs, regardless of how complex their financial and familial affairs are. The purpose of these documents is to help avoid problems that may arise in the event of your death. Without an estate plan, these problems are often resolved by courts and state law — a sometimes less-than-ideal situation for the surviving family members. A properly-prepared estate plan will let you decide for yourself ahead of time important choices like the care of surviving minor children or pets, division of assets, and who will ultimately be the executor of your estate. Here are just several ways estate planning will benefit you and your family, from the American Bar Association:

  • Get your property to beneficiaries quickly. You can opt to have insurance paid directly to your beneficiaries.
  • Plan for incapacity. This is important if you want to decide in advance what happens if you become physically or mentally incapacitated and life support is in question. You can also choose someone who will make medical decisions for you in the event of incapacitation.
  • Minimize expenses & ease the strain on your family. Good estate planning can keep the cost of transferring property to beneficiaries as low as possible, leaving them more money. It also takes the burden from your grieving loved ones if many of the big decisions, such as funeral arrangements, are prepared ahead of time.
  • Give to your favorite charitable cause and/or establish a trust fund. Have a charity you wish to help out? Or a grandchild whose education you want to assure? Philanthropy and trust funds can be a part of your estate plan, too.

Need assistance planning your estate? Skinner & Associates works with Ohio residents through the estate planning process to create a plan that may include a Will, Living Will, Healthcare and Financial Powers of Attorney, and a Transfer on Death Affidavit, if applicable. If you’re looking for a unique and useful Christmas gift for a loved one, consider an estate planning package from Skinner & Associates. Contact us for more information!

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A Closer Look at Child Custody

There are many facets to child custody cases, and the law differs from state to state, from married couples going through a divorce, to unwed single parents. Each case is different and takes special consideration. There are various types of child custody, each with their own upsides and downsides. Here are the four main types of child custody in family law, as explained by FindLaw:

Legal Custody

Legal custody gives a parent the right to make long-term decisions about the raising of a child, and key aspects of the child’s welfare – including the child’s education, medical care, dental care, and religious instruction. In most child custody cases, legal custody is awarded to both parents (joint legal custody), unless it is shown that one parent is somehow unfit, or is incapable of making decisions about the child’s upbringing.

Physical Custody

The parent who has been granted physical custody is the parent the child or children will live with. Most modern custody arrangements give physical custody to one parent (called the “custodial” parent) and grant visitation rights and shared “legal custody” to the non-custodial parent. Typically, visitation rights give the non-custodial parent exclusive time with the child every other weekend, alternating major holidays, and a number of weeks during summer vacations.

Sole Custody

A parent with “sole custody” of a child has exclusive physical and legal custody rights concerning the child. These custody arrangements are usually limited to situations in which one parent has been deemed unfit or incapable of having any form of responsibility over a child — for example, due to drug addiction or evidence of child abuse. In sole custody situations, the child’s other parent has no physical or legal rights, but may be entitled to periods of visitation with the child (though those visits may be supervised, especially in situations involving domestic violence or child abuse).

Joint Custody

In true joint custody arrangements, parents share equal legal and physical custody rights. This means that parents participate equally in making decisions about the child’s upbringing and welfare, and split time evenly in having day-to-day care and responsibility for the child — including the parent’s right to have the child live with them. True joint custody arrangements are rare because of their potential to cause both personal difficulties (stress, disruption of child’s routine) and practical problems (scheduling, costs of maintaining two permanent living spaces for the child).

If you are looking for help in the area of family law, look no further than Skinner & Associates. If you have questions or concerns regarding your rights or obligations, we will work aggressively to protect your rights and achieve an outcome that is best for you. We have 6 locations in central Ohio to help serve you better. Contact us today!

Child Custody in Columbus OH

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Skinner & Associates – Now Certified in Mediation

When two parties cannot come to an amicable solution, sometimes they call upon a mediator to help settle the issue. Mediation is a method of alternative dispute resolution that utilizes an unbiased third party. The mediator does not make a decision but rather provides suggestions and helps to create the dialogue to come to an agreement.

Why mediation?

Mediation is typically quicker, less expensive and a more simplistic way to settle a dispute. It allows both parties to consider all the situations that might have led to the dispute instead of a narrow legal issue. The question of fault and right or wrong is typically not the focus of the discussions, rather coming to an adequate resolution is the goal.

Should you use mediation?

If you are in a position of being unable or even unwilling to resolve a dispute, using mediation is a good option to provide a resolution. Mediation is a short term process which is very structured. The mediator works with both parties by overseeing the exchange of information. They help them find a common ground and resolve unrealistic expectations while determining appropriate solutions. They may also be called upon to draft a settlement.

When mediation is necessary

Mediation is typically a voluntary exercise but can also be court ordered. It is common in a small claims situation, housing issues and family law. It is also occasionally used in criminal court proceedings. While a litigation process involves a judge making the final decisions, in mediation, both parties and the mediator work together to determine the terms of the both the mediation process as well as the final agreement.

After a resolution is reached

When the mediation process is concluded the final agreement can be either oral or written. The laws in the jurisdiction in which the mediation occurs will determine if the agreement is binding. If an agreement cannot be reached the parties can pursue other legal measures to make their claims.

At Skinner & Associates, we are pleased to announce that in addition to our full range of legal practice areas, we are also certified to help clients through the mediation process. If you are considering mediation to settle a legal dispute, contact our trusted team today.  

Mediation Services in Columbus, Reynoldsburg OH

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Although we are a general practice law firm, we may be considered a debt relief agency because we help people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code.