Todd Bruce Kotler’s Guides

Todd Bruce Kotler

North Canton Education Law Attorney.

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  1. The Vital Importance of Written Documentation - Adopted from Dorene J. Philpot's 2002 article

    Written by attorney Todd Kotler, over 2 years ago.

    Written documentation isabsolutely essential. If it's not written down, someone, somewhere, somehow, will swear it never happened or it was never said or that it was misinterpreted.If you have a dispute with the school (really anyone), your contact log is independent evidence tha...

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  2. What happens after a Juvenile Court assigns Legal Custody to someone?

    Written by attorney Todd Kotler, almost 3 years ago.

    The procedure and the factors a court considers are set out in the Ohio Revised Code (R.C.) There is case law that further explains how this law is applied, but the statutes themselves at least will give the layperson a better understanding.Juvenile Court statutes are found, most...

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  3. How Does Property Get Divided in a Divorce?

    Written by attorney Todd Kotler, almost 3 years ago.

    There are a number of factors that go into making distributions of marital assets.First one has to determine what property is marital, and what is separate. Marital property is defined by law (R.C. 3105.171(3)(a)), as(i) All Under R.C. 3105.171(4) Passive income means income acqu...

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  4. How can an unwed father establish parental rights?

    Written by attorney Todd Kotler, almost 3 years ago.

    Under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act (a version of which every state has enacted), the proper state to file the paternity suitis the "home state" of the child -- which is the state in which the child has resided with a parent or a person acting as a parent...

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  5. How is child support calculated?

    Written by attorney Todd Kotler, almost 3 years ago.

    This article focuses on Ohio law as that is where this author practices. Support is calculated according to the rules in Chapter XXXI of the Ohio Rev. Code. The formula presumes that roughly 20% of the combined income of the mother and father would normally be spent on a child. T...

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  6. Can I Get Alimony?

    Written by attorney Todd Kotler, about 3 years ago.

    In Ohio, alimony is called spousal support. The court may award spousal support to either party. This support is different than the splitting of marital property (Which this author will address in a separate guide). In fashoning spousal support the court can award it as a lump su...

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  7. What will a court consider if either I or my ex asks for shared parenting or custody?

    Written by attorney Todd Kotler, about 3 years ago.

    In order to change the shared parenting plan, the party asking the court for a change has a burden of demonstrating that the change is in the best interests of the child and that the negative effects of that change would not outweigh any supposed benefits. R.C. 3109.04 (F)(1) lay...

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  8. DIVORCE - WHAT TO EXPECT AND WHEN, Part IV - YOU AND YOUR CHILD/REN

    Written by attorney Todd Kotler, about 3 years ago.

    In Summit County, Ohio, if allocation of parental rights is contested, your case will be referred to Family Court Services for investigation. The recommendation of the investigator is very important, so please be prompt, dress appropriately, and be truthful about your situation.I...

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  9. DIVORCE - WHAT TO EXPECT AND WHEN Part III THE CONTESTED DIVORCE

    Written by attorney Todd Kotler, about 3 years ago.

    If your spouse files an Answer to your Complaint (see, Part II), your divorce request is considered Contested and your case will be scheduled for Trial approximately 8-12 months from the date the Answer is filed.There will be a Status Call and Pre-trial Hearing before the Trial, ...

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  10. DIVORCE - WHAT TO EXPECT AND WHEN- Part II. - THE LEGAL PROCESS - Uncontested

    Written by attorney Todd Kotler, about 3 years ago.

    THE LEGAL PROCESS A.The following are legal papers filed on your behalf during the legal process: Complaint: A Complaint is a legal document which sets out your grounds (legal reason for getting a divorce) and the relief requested (what you want out of the divorce). Affidavit ...

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