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At Bailey & Gunderson, our attorneys help people going through some of life's most difficult challenges. We bring our experience, skill and creativity to every case, taking on all types of Family Law including Divorce, Bankruptcy, Probate and Estate Planning issues.  Learning that most people ask the same questions - this blog is our way of providing some general legal information.  Feel free to contact our Cincinnati Law Offices to discuss your specific situation. 

 

A recent study found that 2.9 million children were living with their grandparents. As more parents become unable or unwilling to care for their children, grandparents are increasingly filling this role.  Some grandparents decide to adopt their grandchildren to formalize their legal relationship with the grandchildren and to eliminate any custody disputes with the parents.

What rights do the non-adoptive grandparents have to see their grandchildren? The answer is there are few rights allotted to the non-adoptive grandparents. 

Courts have held that an adoption is a statutory proceeding that “creates a nonbiological parent-child relationship through the severance of the biological parents’ legal and natural rights to a child.” 

Some courts have further held that the adoption resulted in the non-adoptive grandparents being legal strangers to their grandchildren because their rights were derivative of the rights of their child, and the adoption terminated their child’s parental rights to the grandchildren. 

These courts further held that the biological relation in and of itself does not entitle the non-adoptive grandparents to any visitation rights, and that the adoptive grandparents had the right to deny visitation to the non-adoptive grandparents.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, the advice of an attorney is recommended.

This insight into the law is provided by the attorneys at Bailey & Gunderson Co., L.P.A., with offices in Norwood, Western Hills and Anderson Township.  Phone:  (513) 631-0022.bcbf1cbfc68203aa05ed073bb0883502 grandparents rights grandchildren1

 

 

dividing assets in divorce1If you are thinking about filing for divorce, the following tip may be helpful:

 

HAVE REAL ESTATE AND PERSONAL PROPERTY APPRAISED IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT ENDING YOUR MARRIAGE.

 

You will not receive your fair share of the division of the real estate and personal property if you do not know the value of your assets.  There is no sense in guessing on the value of the marital home, business, jewelry or baseball cards in a divorce. There are experts available who can appraise real estate and personal property.  You should utilize these experts in valuing the marital assets so that you can determine your fair share of the assets in a divorce.

 

FOR OTHER ADVICE ABOUT DIVORCE OR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE, PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE.

 

This insight into the law is provided by the attorneys at Bailey & Gunderson Co., L.P.A., with offices in Norwood, Western Hills and Anderson Township.  Phone: (513) 631-0022.

 

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Managing Credit Card Debt ---

 The average home in Ohio and across the country that carries any kind of credit card debt owes $15,762, according to a report from Nerd Wallet. Unlike debt like a mortgage or car loan, credit card debt can be detrimental to someone's credit score.

 Keeping that in mind, it is imperative that people know how to manage having a credit card. Here are six tips to using those accounts wisely:

 1. Know your credit score. Before opening a credit card or taking on any other loan, for that matter, it is imperative that consumers know what their credit score is. As the Federal Trade Commission points out, people may gain access to their credit score for free once every year. There are also sites that permit consumers to pay for a score, and there are even credit cards that grant free access to that information. The reason this is so important is that interest rates are often based on the cardholder's credit score.

 2. Set your own due date. Many credit card companies will permit a cardholder to set the due date he or she wishes. This can be advantageous, as it may work to set the date apart from the date that rent or mortgage is due. Or, some people find they prefer to have a due date close to payday every month.

 3. Manage the balance wisely. One factor that determines someone's credit score is whether or not a card has been maxed out. Experts suggest keeping the balance on a card between 20 and 30 percent of the actual limit. Even if the balance can be paid off in full, maxing out a card every month can be detrimental.

 4. Never carry a balance. The only time interest is charged on an account is when someone cannot pay off the balance in full and on time. Interest rates can be shockingly high, adding a significant amount of money to the next month's bill. Consumers should adjust their budget to ensure they can bring the credit card balance to zero every month. Failing to do so could result in revolving, overwhelming debt that creates severe financial turmoil.

 5. Communicate with the card company. It is entirely possible to make a mistake and miss a payment. If someone has a good history with the card company, it is possible to get late fees waived. According to a poll from CreditCards.com, eighty-nine percent of people who were charged a late fee but asked for reprieve were granted it.

 6. Know what to do about debt. There are countless people across the country who have credit card debt. It is possible to find a card with an appealing balance transfer option. This enables a consumer to move debt from one card with a high interest rate to another card at a better rate, possibly even a 0 percent rate for a certain period of time.

 People with serious credit card and other debt may also want to explore the option of filing for bankruptcy. Anyone who has questions regarding that issue should speak with an attorney. 

 We can help you with your debt or bankruptcy questions at Bailey & Gunderson Co., L.P.A., with offices in Norwood, Western Hills and Anderson Township.  Phone:  (513) 631-0022.

 

1e24887d24972a81e5fc1a806e4d59b51DO YOU NEED TO HAVE YOUR PARENTING ORDER REVIEWED PRIOR TO THE HOLIDAY SEASON TO MINIMIZE STRESS ON THE CHILDREN (AND YOURSELF)? 

The holiday season is a special time for everyone, but it’s extra special for the children.  You might not be in the most comfortable place with your co-parent right now, especially if your divorce or separation is rather recent. Be sure to review your parenting agreement or order to make sure that you are complying with it.  For the sake of helping your children experience the holiday season without stress, try and work together with your co-parent to coordinate certain aspects of the holiday season for the children.

WE CAN REVIEW YOUR PARENTING ORDER.

If you both will be spending time with your children over the holidays, speak with your co-parent about events you each plan to attend. This will help prepare your co-parent to talk about those events when the co-parent speaks with the children.

Also, have a conversation with your co-parent about gifts you are each thinking about giving the children. This is not a time to try and one-up your co-parent in terms of gift giving, but rather to coordinate who is giving what gift so that you are not duplicating gifts for the children.

how to deal with sexual harassment in the workplaceSexual Harassment is Making News.

An important issue trending in the news recently is “sexual harassment”.  

Can you recognize sexual harassment?

What is sexual harassment?  Is sexual harassment occurring at your workplace?  Are you the victim of sexual harassment or a perpetrator of sexual harassment?  Can you recognize sexual harassment? 

What should you do if you are a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace?

The attached article from the Ohio Bar Association provides some insights about the law related to this important topic.

Useful information from the Ohio Bar Association regarding sexual harassment. 

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