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August 26, 2018

Talking Prenups With Clients: 6 Tips – Family Law Columbus

Talking Prenups With Clients: 6 Prenuptial Tips Original Article by: Kimberly Foss of Empyrion Wealth Management Many of my clients walk down the aisle with the security of a prenuptial agreement. Because the foundation of my work with clients is to plan for an unknowable future and ensure that they are prepared financially for whatever life throws at them, I […]
December 8, 2017

The Senate Passed it’s Version of Tax Reform

By Gary J. Gottfried LPA – Family Law Attorney in Columbus, OH The Senate passed it’s version of tax reform just before 2:00 a.m. Saturday by a slim 51 to 49 vote. This week the House and Senate Conference Committee will try to work out the differences. President Trump has said he will sign tax reform legislation before the end […]
November 3, 2017

Tax Bill

By Gary J. Gottfried LPA – Family Law Attorney in Columbus, OH I have reprinted below the exact language of the proposed change to the tax law regarding the deductibility and/or inclusion of spousal support payments. The proposed law provides as follows: “this section shall apply to- (1) any divorce or separation instrument (as defined in section 71(b)(2) of the […]
November 22, 2016

The Hague Convention: International Recovery of Child Support and Family Maintenance

By Gary J. Gottfried LPA – Child Custody Attorney in Columbus, OH A Brief Overview of the Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance and Its Application The Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance was concluded on November 23, 2007 with the purpose of […]
October 3, 2016

Military Pension Division – Major Change Looming

This is being posted on behalf of Steve Lynch and the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee Member Community. Family law practitioners who handle military divorces should be aware of a proposed revision to the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (“FSPA”), 10 U.S.C. § 1408, that may go into effect later this year. The change would mandate use of a single formula nationwide […]
September 13, 2016

NSCS: Ned Price – The Hague Convention on International Recovery of Child

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on The Hague Convention on International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance Today, the President signed the instrument of ratification for the Hague Convention on International Recovery of Child Supportand Other Forms of Family Maintenance. This Convention contains numerous groundbreaking provisions that, for the first time on a global scale, […]
February 29, 2016

How to Split Child’s College Funds during Divorce

Gary J. Gottfried Co. LPA is your Columbus OH divorce attorney In many divorce cases there arises an issue with regard to how to address and/or divide the children’s “college funds.” These college funds which many time are held in accounts established under the Ohio Uniform Gift to Minors Act( or UTMA) and can be a source of contention as well […]
February 18, 2016

International Child Custody Case | Columbus Family Law

Gottfried Law Successfully Stays Federal Court Proceedings in Minette v. Minette Pursuant to the Younger Abstention Doctrine In what appears to be a rare instance in which the federal court has applied the Younger Abstention Doctrine in a Hague Convention case, Gottfried Law has successfully petitioned the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio to stay its federal court […]
September 22, 2015

Lesbian Adoption Granted, Refused by Alabama Supreme Court

  The Alabama Supreme Court in the case of E.L. v V.L has refused to recognize an adoption granted to a lesbian woman in 2007 by a Georgia court. The Alabama Supreme Court ruled on Friday in a per curiam decision with one dissent, report Reuters, and the Associated Press. The woman who adopted the three children, conceived by […]
September 15, 2015

International Child Custody Case | Columbus Family Law

  Gottfried Law acts as Lead Counsel for Dominguez in a recent international child abuse case Custody disputes are often a serious result of a divorce case. It becomes very complicated when a parent removes a child or children from the home country and crosses into a foreign country without the other parent’s consent. This is where Gottfried Law comes […]
August 28, 2015

Parent Cannot View Records of Alleged Child Abuse Investigation

In a recent Supreme Court decision regarding confidentiality of Children Services Records, the court held that a parent cannot view records of alleged child abuse investigation. As reported by Kathleen Maloney of the Supreme Court in the Case of State ex rel. Clough v. Franklin Cty. Children Servs., Slip Opinion No. 2015-Ohio-3425, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that The records […]
August 12, 2015

Facebook Reviews for Gottfried Law Firm

If you have not LIKED our Facebook page, then please take a moment to do so. If you want to view additional testimonials from customers and peers, then click on the link below: Gary J. Gottfried Facebook Reviews Gary J. Gottfreid Co. LPA will represent you Divorce Attorney Child Custody Attorney Child Support Attorney International Divorce Attorney Family Law Attorney […]
July 17, 2015

Changes to Spanish Law – International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Christopher Lee of the International Academy of Matrimonial lawyers has reported in a recent IAMML email the following changes to Spanish Law: Spain has long been a poor applier of the Hague Convention In large part, this is because there’s been no judicial centralisation. So a local first-instance court can be dealing with a mortgage foreclosure one minute and then […]
November 11, 2014

Ohio Remains in the Headlines for Same-Sex Marriage & Divorce

On August 6, 2014, we suggested that oral arguments taking place in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals could offer some clarity with respect to same-sex marriage in Ohio. Three months later, the decision issued by the 6th Circuit may indeed offer at least short-term clarity. But the pivotal decision likely creates an opportunity for further litigation on the issue […]
October 6, 2014

Franklin County Has Most Divorce and Dissolution Cases in Ohio

The Supreme Court of Ohio recently released statistics for case filings in all state courts in Ohio for 2013. Franklin County was again among the busiest domestic relations courts in the state. With respect to marriage terminations with children, Franklin County had the most new filings of any county in 2013 with 1,340 new filings. The only other county with […]
October 1, 2014

Franklin County Child Support License Suspensions

One of the primary means of enforcement available to county child support agencies for collection of child support is suspending an obligor’s driver’s license when they are in default. County agencies appear to be pursuing this remedy more than ever with the number of parents under license suspension at an all-time high. As of August 4, 2014, Franklin County has […]
September 23, 2014

Divorce Complaint Improperly Filed

DEFENSE OF AN IMPROPERLY FILED COMPLAINT FOR DIVORCE Many times in my practice as a Family Law Counsel in Central Ohio I find that a complaint for divorce, legal separation or other post decree matter such as a motion for contempt of court or motion to modify the allocation of parental rights (custody) is filed improperly against a person who […]
September 16, 2014

Adjusting Owner’s Compensation

Impact of Adjusting Owner’s Compensation in Business Valuations for Divorce Making adjustments to a company’s financial statement is often times necessary to reflect the economic reality. Income statement adjustments are made to reflect what a hypothetical buyer might expect. A majority owner has the ability to set his or her compensation at whatever level they choose, which may be above-market […]
August 1, 2014

Possible Clarity Coming for Same-Sex Divorce in Columbus

August 6, 2014, could be a significant day for legal issues regarding gay marriage and divorce in Ohio. Oral arguments in several appellate cases relating to same-sex marriage will be heard by United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on that date, possibly resulting in new precedent for Ohio courts to consider in matters of same-sex divorce. Gay […]
August 24, 2013

Same Sex Divorce Granted in Ohio

In the days and weeks since the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriages, Hancock County granted a same-sex marriage between two women.  In the case in Hancock County, both women were married in Jamestown, New York. Subsequent to their marriage they moved to Ohio. Thereafter they sought to terminate their marriage by filing a divorce in Hancock County, Ohio.  A […]
March 15, 2013

New York Case on Prenuptial Agreements

Prenuptial Agreements Tim Tepe an Ohio AAML fellow brought to my attention an article from the ABA Law Journal which may be of some interest to the members of the Ohio Family Law Bar. In the ABA Journal it was reported that lawyers are calling a landmark ruling, a New York appeals court has upheld a Long Island judge’s decision […]
January 13, 2013

Ohio House Bill 479 impacts Pension Rights

Pension Rights On December 20, 2012, The Ohio Legislature passed Ohio House Bill 479. Ohio House Bill 479 which becomes effective in March 2013 amends Ohio Revised Code 2329.66 ( A)(10)(a) in certain areas which have an impact on the practice of domestic relations in Ohio. I have reprinted below the sections of Ohio House Bill 479/Revised Code 2329.66 and […]
January 1, 2013

Dischargeability of Marital Debts/ When are they not discharged

Recently in preparation for a seminar which I am presenting I ran across a very interesting case regarding the dischargeability of a debt. The case is Stocker v Stocker, 9th District, Case No. 12CA 0021 ( December 2012). It would appear that at least in the 9th Ohio Appellate District a debt may not be discharged even though it is […]
December 22, 2012

International Collection of Child Support

When I first started practicing law 39 years ago there was no need for a young lawyer to know about the collection of child support outside of the United States. However, as time as gone by and the world has grown smaller, the need to know about issues such as the international collection of child support becomes more important and […]
September 14, 2012

Another Way To Register A Foreign Judgement In An Ohio Domestic Relations Matter

Gary and Eric recently successfully enforced an Arizona divorce decree in Licking County, Ohio to secure the timely return of three children to Arizona in time for the start of school. Litigation involved a two-step process: (1) registration; and (2) enforcement. There are effectively two ways to “register” a custody order from another state. The most common method, utilized by […]
September 14, 2012

New Amendments To Civil Rule 4.0 – Affecting Ohio Divorce Cases

Kevin Trotter an attorney in Lancaster sent me a case which may have some impact on how we practice domestic relations ( at least in the 5th district). The case which I am referring to is the case of Jepsen v Hoskisson ( 11-CA-41). In that case the parties had reached an in court agreement and the typed version was […]