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Washington Court House Divorce & Family Law Lawyer, Ohio


Jess Carter Weade

Agriculture, Family Law, Real Estate, Criminal
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  10 Years

Dallas Brent Marshall

Bankruptcy, Family Law, Criminal, Estate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  20 Years

John Hirst Wead

Collection, Personal Injury, Elder Law, Family Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  41 Years

Victor Dwight Pontious

Corporate, Bankruptcy, Workers' Compensation, Family Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  38 Years

John Mitchell Scott

Family Law, Juvenile Law, Federal Appellate Practice, Criminal
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  23 Years

David Bryan Bender

Personal Injury, Family Law, Federal Appellate Practice, Criminal
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  31 Years

Susan Rae Wollscheid

Family Law, Juvenile Law, Real Estate, Federal Appellate Practice
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  8 Years

Jeffrey Allen Mccormick

Criminal, Divorce & Family Law, Traffic
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  15 Years

Andrea Marie Ostgaard

Litigation, Family Law, Juvenile Law, Government
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  15 Years

Melissa S Upthegrove

Family Law, Workers' Compensation, Criminal
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  22 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

PHYSICAL CUSTODY

The right and obligation of a parent to have his child live with him. Compare legal custody.

PETITIONER

A person who initiates a lawsuit. A synonym for plaintiff, used almost universally in some states and in others for certain types of lawsuits, most commonly div... (more...)
A person who initiates a lawsuit. A synonym for plaintiff, used almost universally in some states and in others for certain types of lawsuits, most commonly divorce and other family law cases.

CONFIDENTIAL COMMUNICATION

Information exchanged between two people who (1) have a relationship in which private communications are protected by law, and (2) intend that the information b... (more...)
Information exchanged between two people who (1) have a relationship in which private communications are protected by law, and (2) intend that the information be kept in confidence. The law recognizes certain parties whose communications will be considered confidential and protected, including spouses, doctor and patient, attorney and client, and priest and confessor. Communications between these individuals cannot be disclosed in court unless the protected party waives that protection. The intention that the communication be confidential is critical. For example, if an attorney and his client are discussing a matter in the presence of an unnecessary third party -- for example, in an elevator with other people present -- the discussion will not be considered confidential and may be admitted at trial. Also known as privileged communication.

HEARING

In the trial court context, a legal proceeding (other than a full-scale trial) held before a judge. During a hearing, evidence and arguments are presented in an... (more...)
In the trial court context, a legal proceeding (other than a full-scale trial) held before a judge. During a hearing, evidence and arguments are presented in an effort to resolve a disputed factual or legal issue. Hearings typically, but by no means always, occur prior to trial when a party asks the judge to decide a specific issue--often on an interim basis--such as whether a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction should be issued, or temporary child custody or child support awarded. In the administrative or agency law context, a hearing is usually a proceeding before an administrative hearing officer or judge representing an agency that has the power to regulate a particular field or oversee a governmental benefit program. For example, the Federal Aviation Board (FAB) has the authority to hold hearings on airline safety, and a state Worker's Compensation Appeals Board has the power to rule on the appeals of people whose applications for benefits have been denied.

CONDONATION

One person's approval of another's activities, constituting a defense to a fault divorce. For example, if a wife did not object to her husband's adultery and la... (more...)
One person's approval of another's activities, constituting a defense to a fault divorce. For example, if a wife did not object to her husband's adultery and later tries to use it as grounds for a divorce, he could argue that she had condoned his behavior and could perhaps prevent her from divorcing him on these grounds.

FMLA

See Family and Medical Leave Act.

FAMILY COURT

A separate court, or more likely a separate division of the regular state trial court, that considers only cases involving divorce (dissolution of marriage), ch... (more...)
A separate court, or more likely a separate division of the regular state trial court, that considers only cases involving divorce (dissolution of marriage), child custody and support, guardianship, adoption, and other cases having to do with family-related issues, including the issuance of restraining orders in domestic violence cases.

SPOUSAL SUPPORT

See alimony.

ADOPTION

A court procedure by which an adult becomes the legal parent of someone who is not his or her biological child. Adoption creates a parent-child relationship rec... (more...)
A court procedure by which an adult becomes the legal parent of someone who is not his or her biological child. Adoption creates a parent-child relationship recognized for all legal purposes -- including child support obligations, inheritance rights and custody.