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Parenting In a Pandemic

Answering Questions About COVID-19 and Custody Orders As of the time of this post, Ohio is under a stay-at-home order.  Most Ohioans have been directed to refrain from going to work, from traveling on non-essential business, or from coming into direct contact with people outside of their immediate household.  So how does that impact families…

Notes from the Home Office

One of David Letterman’s most oft-used bits was a semi-regular Top Ten list, which supposedly originated from his show’s “home office”.  The home office was, at various points, Sioux City, Iowa; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Oneonta, New York; Scottsdale, Arizona; and a host of others.  Of course, it was a fiction, a part of the joke,…

Managing Anxiety in the Time of COVID-19

Anyone who’s watched or read the news in any form over the last ten days can probably tell you that there’s a lot of anxiety over the national reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Here in Ohio, we’ve gotten daily briefings from the Governor’s Office about the state’s response to the spread of the virus, and…

COVID-19 and Central Ohio Domestic Relations Matters

Franklin County Court of Common Pleas

  Many of our clients have asked us how their cases and parenting arrangements will be impacted by the State of Ohio’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.  While the situation is fluid and ongoing, we now have a better idea of how one court system will react. Effective March 16, 2020, and for…

Do’s and Don’ts of Raising a Child After Divorce

You love your children like crazy. But, unfortunately, you’ve fallen out of love with your spouse. You’ve grown apart and the only thing currently keeping you together is your kids. Is staying married for them actually beneficial in the long run? Research says 80% of children of divorce end up adapting well, without seeing a…

Gray Divorce

So you’ve been married for over 40 years. You have children, maybe even grandchildren, who have moved out of the house, and possibly out of town. You’ve retired and have taken on some new hobbies and interests. But the bond you once felt with your spouse has weakened over time and you aren’t content in…

Jay Babbitt: One of the Best Lawyers in America

Best Lawyers in America, an esteemed legal publication has named Jay Babbitt in their 24th edition! The first Best Lawyers in America was released back in 1983 as a way for those in the legal profession to rate and review their peers. The 2018 book zeroes in on the top 5% of all practicing lawyers…

5 Things Not to Post on Social Media During a Divorce

Posting about your personal life on social media is generally a risky move. But during a legal situation like a divorce, it’s in very poor taste and could further complicate your circumstances. Copyright: ammentorp / 123RF Stock Photo Here are five examples of what not to post to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn during your…

Divorce on the Decline?

Is the Divorce Rate Dropping? Our sources say? Yes. According to Time Magazine, the divorce rate is the lowest it’s been in almost 40 years. What’s different, you might ask? It’s not because people aren’t getting married. Marriages were on the rise in 2015. So what’s up with all “happily-ever after” going on these days? Let’s…

A Career-Making Moment

On Monday, June 5, 2017, after nearly forty years in practice as a divorce attorney, I was given the opportunity to be admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. In one of the most moving and emotional experiences of my life, I was admitted as part of a group of…