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Caution urged with mortgages in a divorce

If you and your spouse are contemplating or have already made the decision to end your marriage, you are not alone. Many people in Ohio and across the nation are in a similar situation. In fact, records from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that in 2014 alone, more than 800,000 couples got divorced. 

Another thing you may share with many of these people is making the tough decision about what to do with your family home during and after your divorce. It is not uncommon for at least one spouse to want to keep a home, especially if they have young children still at home. However, The Mortgage Reports suggests that before you make this final choice, you should be aware of some potential pitfalls of doing this.

Did postoperative negligence result in the death of a loved one?

Ohio residents trust medical professionals with their lives, and these professionals have a duty in turn to provide the best service they can. However, there are cases in which mistakes or an absence of excellent service can lead to the death of a patient.

If you have lost your loved one as a result of postoperative negligence, there are a few things that are crucial for you to know. The U.S. National Library of Medicine has a study in which the relationship between a patient and doctor is discussed. In it, this relationship is compared to any other contract. The doctor is tasked with - and paid for - providing crucial services. They have certain duties to fulfill, as well. Breaching these terms results in you having a cause of action for negligence.

How to determine pet custody

When Ohio residents decide to get a divorce, they may not always consider what will happen to their pets once the divorce is finalized. State law usually determines which spouse will keep the pets and it is important to understand how these decisions are made.

While many people consider their pets part of the family, the legal system usually does not take this stance. According to The New York Times, judges typically view pets as personal property. Despite this, a 2014 study revealed that the number of pet custody cases has risen 27 percent. One legislator has said that many pet custody battles may not actually be about the pet. Instead, one spouse may sometimes use the pet as leverage over the other spouse. While many people might think most custody disputes involve cats and dogs, some exotic pets, such as birds and reptiles, have also been part of these cases.

The dangers of an icy parking lot

Ohio is now in the midst of winter, and winter always brings along problems with ice and snow. Shoppers who are out and about this season will need to be aware of the dangers they may face, especially in parking lots.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a list of common winter hazards that can occur in parking lots of any size. Naturally, ice is one of the biggest concerns for many people. Snow and slush can be difficult to drive in, but ice can cause cars and people to slip. It's even more dangerous if it's black ice, or if the ice is hidden beneath snow. If a driver or pedestrian can't tell that the road is slick, they're more likely to have an accident.

What are the most common causes of trucks jackknifing?

Ohio residents share the road with many other vehicles, big and small. Large trucks are some of the most intimidating, and you may have your share of concerns, too. For example, a vehicle like that could easily jackknife with very little warning. However, there are some potential signs that can help you identify an at-risk truck before it gets into an accident.

The Free Dictionary states that jackknifing is the act of a reticulated truck folding onto itself, with the trailer swinging to the side. But what causes it? First and foremost, a truck that is heavily laden or loaded properly is least likely to jackknife. This is because one of the biggest contributors to jackknifing is unequal weight distribution. Empty trailers or trailers in which all of the equipment is stacked at the back or front will increase the risk of jackknifing. The brakes of a truck are not designed to support such a minimal or uneven weight. They may lock up, causing the trailer to skid.

Lawsuits to be filed after fatal fair accident

Ohio residents who experience the loss of a loved one in accidents that may be caused by others' negligence know a pain that is truly unique. After a death that takes people from those they love too early, it is reasonable for those who are left behind to wonder if there is any way to achieve some sense of justice for their senseless losses. Certainly the lack of any ability to bring the person back eliminates the most ideal form of justice yet that does not negate the need for some action.

Today the family of a high school student who was killed in an accident at the Ohio State Fair may be among those pursuing legal recourse after the incident. In addition to te death of the 18-year-old, another seven people experienced injuries when a passenger cage on the ride known as the fire ball broke loose while in operation. People in the car were thrown into the air. Reports indicate that lawsuits are expected or underway. It is not known exactly how many families or individuals have filed such actions.

Ohio parents file wrongful death lawsuit after child’s suicide

There can be no greater tragedy for Ohio parents than the death of a child. It is even worse when a child’s death was completely senseless and preventable, and may have been spurred by the actions of others. Can someone be held accountable for another’s death by suicide? It may depend on the actions that led to the death, as well as whether authorities could have intervened and put a stop to the harmful behavior.

Recently, an 8-year-old boy in Cincinnati killed himself after being bullied. A surveillance camera caught footage of the child being knocked unconscious in school by his tormentors. The boy’s family has filed a lawsuit against Cincinnati Public Schools for wrongful death. Attorneys for the family say that the school district denied there was any bullying and minimized its effect on the boy. They also allege that school officials covered up the bullying by not informing the parents that the boy had been knocked unconscious. Instead, they say, the parents were told that their son had fainted.

January launches divorce quarter

For many people in Ohio, the post-holiday blues can be very real yet may well last only a short time as life settles back into some semblance of normalcy after the holiday festivities die down. For others, however, this return to normal can make the post-holiday blues feel even worse as they come face-to-face with things in their lives that are not as good as they could be. If a marriage is part of this, thoughts often turn to divorce.

Market Watch explains that the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers notes the month of January starts a trend that lasts a good three months in which the number of potential divorces increases dramatically. Some reports have indicated that roughly one-third more people seek input on a potential divorce in January than in December.

Ways that truck accidents occur

While you may keep an eye on the road to make sure you are not in a collision, you may not always take the same care when you share the road with semi trucks. At Plymale and Dingus, we know it is important for you to understand how truck accidents occur so you can be safe on the road.

Truck accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. FindLaw says that passenger vehicles can cause these accidents when drivers perform unsafe actions. Merging into a different lane is one of these unsafe actions. Drivers sometimes merge in front of a truck or merge onto the highway incorrectly, giving truckers little time to brake or move out of the way. They also merge without speeding up. Turning in front of trucks can also cause accidents. If you do not realize how fast a truck is moving, you might make a left turn and collide with the truck in an intersection. You may also cause an accident if you prepare to turn right at the same time as a truck.

What to know about uncontested divorce

If Ohio couples want to split up, they may make the decision jointly. When a couple can agree on the divorce itself as well as the terms involved with it, then they may be eligible for an uncontested divorce.

The Legal Dictionary defines uncontested divorce as a divorce that is mutually decided upon by the parties involved. If someone and their spouse both decide that splitting up is the best option for them, then it's uncontested. An uncontested divorce will also include agreement on property division, child custody arrangements, and financial issues. Generally speaking, it's easiest to have an uncontested divorce if the couple has few assets to split and no children, but it still possible even in scenarios involving kids or lots of money or property.

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