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Forgery allegations during divorce lands man in hot water

Ohio residents may know of people who have tried some outrageous stunts when going through a divorce. Hiding assets so they will not be considered in property division, cutting off the money supply to the future ex and false accusations of abuse and adultery are just some of the dirty tricks that have been used by spouses wanting out of their marriages. One attorney has been suspended from practicing law in his home state because of some information revealed during divorce proceedings from his wife.

The Referee report from the Supreme Court in the man's state of residence claims he knew the papers for a loan modification on their house had been forged with his ex-wife's signature. The report did not specifically name him as the person who actually falsified the document, however. In several places, the report also expressed doubt as to the reliability of his testimony on the subject.

"Southern Charm" star requesting sole child custody

There are numerous reasons an Ohio parent may seek sole child custody over the other parent. There may be cases of physical or emotional abuse, lifestyle choices of one parent that may cause harm to the child or even revenge. Kathryn Dennis, cast member of Bravo's "Southern Charm," is seeking sole child custody of the two children she has with ex-boyfriend Thomas Ravenel.

Ravenel was granted full custody of both children, ages 4 and 2, in 2016, when Dennis failed a drug test. In addition, she had to pay him child support each month in the amount of $100. However, the two have an upcoming court appearance, during which Dennis plans to request that full custody of both children be transferred to her and that Ravenel be ordered to pay her, the custodial parent, a fair amount of child support.

State agency gets involved in child custody matter

Ohio child custody battles usually involve parents who are no longer together. Less common, although still numerous, are situations where the state takes custody of a child for one reason or another. One couple is fighting for child custody after they say they were just trying to help their son.

The mother and stepfather of a teenager were recently arrested for giving the boy marijuana. They were charged with reckless conduct, a misdemeanor offense that will stay on their records permanently since they entered a guilty plea. Once they were arrested, the state's Division of Family and Children Services got involved and took the boy from his parents.

Preparation for mediation is imperative

Many divorces are resolved through mediation. This process is appropriate for people who can work together to resolve a host of issues. It isn't something that should be considered if there is any type of abuse in the relationship.

If you and your ex are going to go through mediation, you should make sure that you are prepared when you head into the first session. This isn't always easy to do, but the more you prepare, the less stress you are likely going to feel during the process.

Man fights child custody battle for child that is not his

Some Ohio parents who have gone through a custody battle know how emotionally, financially and even physically draining it can be. However, all the frustration is worth the gift that can be received at the final ruling. One man is fighting a child custody battle for a child that, as it turns out, is not even his.

The man, a sergeant in the U.S. Army and currently stationed out of the country, and his wife were expecting a baby. Before the child was born, however, the mother confessed the man was not the father. After some thought, he made the decision to adopt the child, as he was adopted and wanted to give this baby the same opportunities he had. However, the day the mother was to give birth, she lied to her husband's sister and told her the baby died during birth.

Divorce follows allegations of embezzlement

The reason an Ohio couple chooses to divorce can be one among many. Money issues, lack of communication or intimacy and infidelity are just a few of the causes for which couples seek the services of a family law attorney. The husband of a former employee of a nonprofit agency wants a divorce on the heels of a financial scandal.

After 23 years of marriage, the husband filed for a divorce just days into the new year. The wife was accused late last year of embezzling nearly $300,000 from an agency that works to develop and enhance the downtown area of a major city. The physical separation of the couple followed the announcement.

Little sister of Leah Remini goes through divorce

No matter how long an Ohio couple has been married, ending that marriage is rarely emotionally easy. Even the most acrimonious splits will often hold an element of remorse. The younger sister of actress Leah Remini, Shannon Farrara, and her ex-husband, William Kilmartin, have released the news that their divorce was granted a year ago.

The couple married in August 2008, but nearly to the day eight years later, Kilmartin filed for divorce. He claimed there were irreconcilable differences and asked the court to terminate the rights of either party to request alimony. There were no children from the marriage. Any debts or assets they had amassed as a couple were split between them, and Kilmartin paid Farrara $18,000 for her share in the home they bought.

Child custody agreement for Love and Hip Hop star

Finalized child custody arrangements often take a lot of back-and-forth negotiations as well as compromises by both parties, as many Ohio parents know. Even when the relationship between the parents has become filled with contention, putting the needs of the child first will benefit all involved. Stevie J, best known for starring in Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, and Puerto Rican rapper Joseline Hernandez have seemed to settle on an acceptable child custody and support agreement.

The two had an on-again, off-again dating relationship since 2013, during which Ms. Hernandez gave birth to their daughter, Bonnie Bella in late 2016. The two worked together to determine the specifics of their agreement. The former couple will share legal custody of their daughter, but Ms. Hernandez will have primary physical custody.

Child custody win in divorce for Keshia Knight Pulliam

Child custody disputes in Ohio can get really ugly, depending on the circumstances surrounding the reason for the parents parting ways. When there is great animosity between the parents, it is often hard to put those feelings aside when trying to reach an agreement on terms of custody. Fans of The Cosby Show will remember Keshia Knight Pulliam as Rudy, now a mother herself, who has just recently finalized her divorce with her ex-husband.

After only a one-day engagement, Pulliam and retired NFL player Ed Hartwell were married on New Year's Day 2016. They had not even been married eight months when he filed for divorce. Just a few months later Pulliam gave birth to a baby girl. Because of Pulliam's claims that not only did Hartwell cheat on her but was malicious in his treatment of her, the divorce has finally been granted and Pulliam will have full custody of the girl with Hartwell getting visitation and paying monthly child support of $3,000.

Is your rock and roll collection imperiled by divorce?

Ohioans love rock and roll. That is most evident by the location of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, situated just a day-trip away on the shores of Lake Erie up in Cleveland.

But some take their passion for rocking out to the next level, spending thousands of dollars amassing impressive items for their collections of rock and roll memorabilia. How cool it must be to have a gossamer scarf from Stevie Nicks, a drum stick from the late Keith Moon or — the ultimate trophy — anything from Woodstock.

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