Courts, Child Welfare Partners Coordinate Efforts regarding Foster Care

By Csaba Sukosd | March 25, 2019

Every year, thousands of children in Ohio are impacted by the judicial system through no fault of their own. It’s a reality that compels courts and child welfare agencies to coordinate their efforts to ensure the safety and stability of such juveniles who end up in foster care.

On Thursday, representatives from across the state came to the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center to focus on abuse, neglect, and dependency dockets. The goal of the caseflow management course – hosted by the Ohio Supreme Court in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and its Office of Families and Children – was to streamline practices with the goal of helping children find stable and permanent outcomes regarding where they live and who takes care of them as a guardian.

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Vacationing with children post-divorce

by | Mar 7, 2019 | Timely Topics |

In addition to divvying up the finances, many couples spend the majority of the divorce process discussing the custody of their children. In most cases, parents create a shared parenting plan that lays out the details of their arrangement. Unfortunately, vacation time – and any time away from school – is often overlooked. It’s much easier to agree on the day-to-day whereabouts of the kids.

With spring break and summer vacation on the horizon, here are a few things to discuss with your ex.

  1. Plan far in advance. Regardless of how flexible your daily custody arrangement is, vacation time should be determined far enough in advance to allow ample time for planning. Summer vacation days, spring break and other vacations should be divided evenly between both parents. An every-other-year approach to certain holidays works well, too.
  1. Share the details. When taking your children on a vacation, it’s important to communicate the details of your trip to your ex. He or she has a right to know where you’re going and for how long, as well as information about how to reach you. If you’re leaving the country, you will also need a signed and notarized travel consent form from your ex.

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Sealed Records Expand Hope

For someone who has been arrested but never convicted of a crime or has had their case dismissed, removing a case record from the public offers fairness. For those with convictions who finish their court-ordered sentences, removing public access to case documents gives them a chance to move forward.

 

When individuals end up in court because of poor choices or mistakes, big or small, they pay a penalty. They may serve community control, pay fines, or spend time in jail or prison. After finishing their court-ordered punishment, though, people often experience the negative stigma surrounding a conviction that presents obstacles to moving forward in their lives.

To build toward a more productive life, a person at a minimum will need some basics — housing, a job, maybe education. The ability to seal or expunge a criminal record helps those who’ve completed their sentence to make strides in new directions.

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Local law firm hires new attorney

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 1, 2019

Lancaster, Ohio – Kathryn Cornelius-Blume has joined Dagger Law where she’ll focus on criminal defense, juvenile law, and general civil litigation.

Prior to starting in private practice, Cornelius-Blume was a staff attorney at Southeastern Ohio Legal Services where she practiced all areas of civil litigation. She found her passion for litigation while in law school and gained valuable first-hand experience as a certified legal intern at the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio. She was also a law clerk at Gerhardstein and Branch Co. LPA and a judicial extern for Justice Sharon Kennedy at the Ohio Supreme Court.

“Kathryn’s unique experiences and legal expertise is a tremendous asset to our team” said Jeff J. Spangler, co-managing partner at Dagger Law. “She is a passionate advocate for our community and clients.”

Cornelius-Blume received her a bachelor’s degree in psychology and history from the University of Pittsburgh. She received her law degree from the University of Cincinnati, where she was the senior article editor of Human Rights Quarterly.

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Five Lawyers Named 2019 Super Lawyers/Rising Stars

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 11, 2019

Lancaster, Ohio – Norman J. Ogilvie, Jr., Randy L. Happeney and D. Joe Griffith, partners in the law firm of Dagger, Johnston, Miller, Ogilvie & Hampson, LLP were selected as members of the 2019 class of Super Lawyers by Ohio’s Super Lawyers Magazine in the family law and general litigation practice areas.

In addition, Alyssa L. Parrott was recognized as a 2019 Rising Star in the area of family practice. Partner Jeff J. Spangler was named a 2019 Rising Star in the practice area of banking for the fifth consecutive year.

Super Lawyer is an elite recognition in the legal community. Super Lawyers are determined through peer nominations, evaluations and third-party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.

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