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Bitter child custody battle between Keshia Knight Pulliam and ex

When Ohio parents separate, there may be several battles when it comes to the division of assets, financial support and custodial care of the children. Child custody battles can be brutal on everyone, especially when the best interests of the children are not kept as the main focus. Keshia Knight Pulliam is fighting to maintain control of her daughter in a child custody war with her ex-husband.

Ms. Pulliam, also known to fans of The Cosby Show as the youngest daughter, Rudy Huxtable, and her ex, Ed Hartwell, were not even married a year when he filed for divorce. He maintained at the time that she was pregnant with a child that was not his. She claims he designed methods to get her to physically lose the baby while she was pregnant, and therefore she does not want him around their child. He is now seeking joint custody of the two-month-old girl.

Wife of former sitcom star seeks divorce

Ohio residents have seen that celebrity status often comes at a price. Many entertainers turn to drugs and alcohol not only at the height of their careers but also when the roles begin to disappear. This may lead to alienation from loved ones in the form of a divorce or separation. The wife of Darius McCrary, who rose to fame in the popular sitcom, Family Matters, has filed for divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences due to his alleged substance dependency and anger issues.

Tammy Brawner is requesting that a judge order her husband to stay away from their 1-year-old daughter until he gets help for his problems via a treatment program. In her petition for divorce, she wants sole custody of the girl as well as spousal support. She is also asking that visitation with their daughter be suspended until McCrary gets his problems under control.

Grateful mom extols ex after divorce

Former couples in Ohio who are no longer together may often find themselves fighting a battle over certain issues regarding the dissolution of their relationship. Numerous news articles relate the story of former spouses engaged in an all-out war over the terms of their divorce agreement. One woman recently made headlines over a Facebook post commending the behavior of her ex since their divorce.

The separation between the two has not stopped him from being an excellent provider for their son and a thoughtful friend to her. The post that has now gone viral recounts times the father brought necessities to the house so she would not have to go through the stresses of taking a young child to the store or times the son has been in need of new clothes and all she had to do was make a phone call. In addition, she says he is there for her when she just needs emotional support.

Hollywood couple headed for divorce

An Ohio resident cannot read too many entertainment publications, either online or in print, that tell of yet another celebrity couple announcing they plan to end their marriage. The bigger the "star," the juicier the details of the divorce seem to be. Although the divorce for actor Keegan-Michael Key and his wife has not yet been finalized, Cynthia Blaise says it has caused her extreme distress.

The couple had been married for 17 years when Key filed for divorce in December 2015. A separation between the two only began a month before the papers were submitted. While Key works mainly in front of the camera, Ms. Blaise is a dialect coach for the movie industry.

What can a stay-at-home mom expect in a divorce?

Your children and your home have been your career for years. You gave up your career outside the home to care for your children, and now that you're getting divorced, you wonder what the future holds.

One of your biggest worries is how you will support yourself financially after the divorce, whether or not the children stay with you. Especially if they do stay with you, you worry how you will also financially support them.

Paula Patton and Robin Thicke in embittered child custody battle

Many Ohio residents have probably noticed Robin Thicke and his ex-wife Paula Patton have been headliners in the news for several years now. After their divorce was announced in 2014, a child custody battle ensued between the two. The latest child custody skirmish has Ms. Patton once again filing court papers, accusing her ex of altering a court order that spells out visitation terms for their son.

Ms. Patton says the order was changed to make it look like she was the one violating the official terms. Because their son was in her custody at the time the Department of Child and Family Services received the altered documents, they determined she had breached the court order. Thicke threatened to have her charged with kidnapping. She also claims Thicke has tried to impede an earlier investigation by DCFS by compelling them to close the case against him.

How an attorney can help if your spouse is hiding assets

When you are getting divorced in Ohio, there are certain rules in place to help ensure that the division of marital assets is fair. Ohio is an "equitable distribution" state, referring to the language in the laws in Ohio surrounding divorce. Equitable distribution means that you and your former spouse each own whatever you earned during the course of your marriage. Items you purchase and own, such as a home, may only be in one of your names. However, during a divorce, a judge will determine what is marital property and should therefore be divided in the divorce.

After all, if income was the only factor in determining who received what in a divorce, women who stay home to provide for their children could be left with nothing whatsoever, while their spouse, who was working, retains the home, the vehicles and all other assets. Sometimes, in order to prevent the risk of assets being divided in a divorce, people will hide assets prior to filing for divorce or after being served. If you believe your former spouse is hiding assets, you will need the help of an experienced divorce and family law attorney.

Dean McDermott's ex wants spousal support she says he owes

Ohio couples that have gone through a divorce know there are many financial decisions that have to be made in the course of obtaining a final decree. One of the most significant concerns is spousal support. Some couples are economically equal and opt to not pursue an award from the court. Other soon-to-be ex spouses seek a decision that will allow them to maintain their standard of living or simply to make ends meet. The ex-wife of Dean McDermott, who is currently married to Tori Spelling, is taking him back to court for not paying spousal support.

Mary Jo Eustace was married to McDermott for 13 years and together they had one son, Jack, who is now 18 years old. Ms. Eustace claims she has not been paid support since July of last year. There was also an earlier period of time when he did not make payments he was required to have made. She says he owes her just over $100,000 and expects to be paid each month until the middle of 2020. News of a lavish baby shower Ms. Spelling's mother threw for the fifth child between McDermott and Spelling further incited the ire of Ms. Eustace.

Beware of financial mistakes when getting an Ohio divorce

During a time when emotions run high, divorce proceedings can bring about many problems when it comes to finances. Ohio couples who are confronting these issues will want to ensure that all marital assets are protected. The following tips may help navigate divorce proceedings successfully. 

Finding a trusted financial advisor who can explain any questions is key. This is particularly true for a spouse who did not handle the finances during the marriage. While the urge in most divorces is to get caught up in emotions and the drama that may surround the separation, judges want cold, hard financial facts to help them make decisions. 

Pricey ring adds fuel to the fire in divorce battle

When a married couple in Ohio decide to end their union, the resulting proceedings can be amicable or devolve into a bitter battle. An acrimonious divorce can bring out the worst in two people who were once in love enough to want to share the rest of their lives together. The viciousness of the divorce of the founder of a skin-care empire and his wife of 20 years has been compounded by a separate lawsuit filed by his 94-year-old mother against his soon-to-be-ex-wife over a diamond.

Although the parties previously filed for divorce and have been seeing other people, they apparently continued to live together until a year ago. A separate lawsuit recently filed by the wife against two attorneys alleges that her husband was advised to hide his assets during the last four years in anticipation of a possible divorce. She claims that some of his measures were underhanded, including devaluing many of their assets in an effort to avoid paying taxes upon gifting them to their children.

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