Court rules that sharing expenses not necessary to defining cohabitation

Published: 01/21/2014

The Supreme Court of Ohio recently affirmed a man’s domestic violence conviction after ruling that the state provided sufficient evidence of his cohabitation with the victim.

The 4-3 majority ruled that the state does not need to prove that a couple shared living expenses in order to convict a defendant of domestic violence.

Instead, it held that evidence that the couple lived together, sharing shelter and utilities, was sufficient.

The case stemmed from an argument between Jeffrey McGlothan and his girlfriend Cynthia Robinson.

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