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4 myths you may believe about divorce in Ohio

The electronic age has brought us access to more information than ever, but is all of that information accurate? It’s important to remember that your best source for legal information is your lawyer.

Do you believe any of these myths about divorce and the division of assets?

Tiger Woods likely to enter drunk driver diversion program

Golf legend Tiger Woods appears to be on the verge of settling his drunk driving case via plea bargain, although no deal is in place as of yet. The prosecutor in the case told reporters that Woods is expected to enter a first-time drunk driver diversion program in which defendants can plead their cases down to a lesser charge of reckless driving. To avoid a drunk driving conviction, they must meet several conditions including probation, community service and attendance at a victim impact panel.

Woods was arrested early on May 29 when an officer discovered him asleep in his vehicle, which was damaged and parked on the side of the road with flat tires. Police say they found the golfer disoriented and with slurred speech. They had him perform field sobriety tests, which he failed. However, a Breathalyzer test found no alcohol in his system.

Study: Parents' divorce acrimony could affect kids' health later

A study published recently in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found evidence that some people whose parents divorced during their childhood may be at increased risk of health issues later. Not everyone whose parents divorced was affected, however. The increase risk was only observed in those whose parents hadn’t remained on speaking terms after the divorce.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University divided 201 healthy adults into three groups for the study. The first group was made up of people whose parents had remained together throughout their childhood. The second was composed of people whose parents had divorced during childhood but who had remained on speaking terms afterwards. The third group was made up of people whose parents had divorced and then broken off communication.

What is the most overlooked part of estate planning?

When people think of estate planning, they often think about wills. While wills are the cornerstones of many people's estate plans, there are other aspects of estate planning that should not be overlooked.

Interestingly, one of the most commonly overlooked parts of estate planning is also one of the simplest and most visible: beneficiary designations.

AG Sessions planning marijuana crackdown to prevent violent crime

“From a practitioner’s point of view, marijuana is not a drug that doesn’t have some danger to it, but it’s not the drug that’s driving violent crime in America,” says the co-chairman of Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration. “That’s not the drug with which we see so much death and destruction on the streets of America.”

Yet according to observers at The Hill, Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be planning to crack down on marijuana use in an effort to prevent violent crime. Sessions heads the president’s Trump’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, the goal of which is to cut the violent crime rate.

New policy proposals aim to make long-term care more affordable

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 52 percent of those turning 65 now will need long-term care services and supports during their lifetimes. Unfortunately, according to the AARP, “The cost of long-term services and supports over time continues to be much higher than what middle-income families can afford.”

How much does it cost? A recent report by the Bipartisan Policy Center, or BPC, the estimated lifetime cost of long-term care supports and services for today’s 65-year-olds is $138,000 for men and $182,000 for women. The median annual cost of a nursing home is $91,300. A home health aide costs less, but it’s still a huge yearly average cost: $45,800.

Former Anheuser-Busch CEO arrested for attempting to fly drunk

The 53-year-old former CEO of Anheuser-Busch brewing was arrested earlier this week on suspicion of trying to fly a helicopter under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Any charges to be filed are pending the return of toxicology tests.

The former CEO and his wife were arrested on Monday. Shortly before 1 p.m. that day, a helicopter was reported as parked in a parking lot in Swansea, Illinois, which is just outside St. Louis, Missouri. Some eight hours later, someone called police to report an “intoxicated male was getting into the helicopter and attempting to fly away.”

Ohio State Patrol stopped 1,000 vehicles July 4 weekend

The July 4th holiday weekend has come and gone and the Ohio State Highway Patrol has released some statistics from the weekend. Even though the holiday was on a Tuesday, many people enjoyed a very long holiday weekend from Friday through Tuesday, causing gridlock everywhere as families traveled to and from fireworks displays.

In Belmont County alone, the Ohio State Highway Patrol stopped more than 1,000 vehicles during the holiday weekend. This led to eight arrests for OVI and 51 seat belt violations. The patrol also responded to 14 crashes within county borders. The patrol operates out of the St. Clairsville post in the county. More than 800 citations were issued during the holiday weekend by this specific post.

If divorce is a journey, what should you pack?

Sara Woodard-Ortiz of The HeartFull Journey, a publisher of divorce-related coloring books, workbooks, and courses for women, believes that divorce is a journey. And, as with any journey, you’ll need to pack accordingly.

Divorce is an emotional time for virtually everyone. What you pack in your “divorce suitcase” are the things that will help you remain calm and move forward making good decisions. The journey can be a tough one, and these are the things that will help you get to the other side as a healthy, hopeful individual.

New penalty for drunk drivers: Download Uber or Lyft

A conviction for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (OVI) already comes with serious penalties, from driver's license suspension to fines to time behind bars. However, one Ohio judge is adding on a new penalty, one he believes will prevent repeat offenses: a requirement to download a ride-sharing app.

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