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Divorce award cut because of ex-wife's defamation

Most Ohio residents like to talk. Some speak words worth hearing and some do not. In some circumstances, words can get the speaker in trouble, as in the case of a woman awaiting a final decree on her divorce award. A lower-court judge and an appeals court ruled any money she will eventually receive will not be as much as it could have been had she not blasted her ex-husband and some details of his activities during the divorce process to the media.

Around the time of the divorce, the husband fell in love with a former Playboy model 25 years his junior. According to just a few of the wife's claims to the media, the engagement ring her ex presented to his girlfriend had a price tag of over $200,000 while the former couple's daughter needed hearing aids costing $12,000, which he purportedly refused to help pay for. His attorney pointed out his client was only responsible for footing any medical bills for his daughter if he gave his approval for any treatment in advance.

Reportedly, the wife's verbal harassment over the years has caused her ex-husband's legal practice to suffer. It has also contributed to his declining reputation and income, so much so that the original judge over the case awarded the wife only 17 percent of the value of his practice in 2007 instead of the 50 percent requested. An appellate court has ordered a new trial, with the award being based on the figures of the devalued practice in 2012.

Through the hurt, bitterness and anger, it may be easy to lash out at a former spouse during the divorce process. A contentious attitude between the two people very rarely gets any issues settled. An Ohio attorney can bring logic and practicality to the table when sorting out the specifics to achieve an agreeable resolution.

Source: New York Post, "Divorcee's big mouth is costing her big money", Julia Marsh, June 1, 2017

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