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Divorce mediation may make your divorce easier

Even in the best of circumstances, divorce is an emotional and difficult process. For many people, it can be a lonely process, as well as a source of pain and anger. All of those emotions can lead to poor decision making and unnecessary fighting. If you and your former spouse agree on most of the big issues in your divorce, you may want to consider divorce mediation instead of a protracted court battle. Mediation is a facilitated process where you and your former spouse, along with your personal attorneys, sit down with a neutral third party to examine various issues regarding your divorce.

With the help of your attorneys to ensure everything is fair, you and your former spouse will discuss what you want from the child custody and asset division processes. Then you can examine each point of disagreement and find mutually beneficial compromises. Sometimes it takes hours to discuss one issue you both feel strongly about. Other times, the whole process can be incredibly quick. As long as you and your former spouse are eventually able to reach an agreement, however, mediation can be beneficial for all members of your family.

Industry titan wants divorce after 30 years

There is no magic number that signifies a marriage is safe after so many years. An Ohio couple can decide their relationship works best when they are apart anytime after they say, "I do." However, it seems the longer a marriage lasts, the less likely the two will divorce. Not so for Larry Herbert and his wife, Michele, who have been married 30 years. At 88 years of age, Larry has told Michele he wants a divorce.

Larry is the inventor of Pantone, a system that produces accurate color matches in the industries of graphic arts, digital technology and fashion, to name a few. In 2007, the company was sold to X-Rite Inc. for $180 million. Michele was formerly in the entertainment industry as a dancer, actress and host for a talk show. She is also known for her expensive tastes in fashion as well as her generosity to a specific charity benefiting Alzheimer's research.

Soap opera star and wife go through nasty divorce

Some Ohio couples who end their marriages have a cordial break-up with little tension as they decide who gets what, who pays what and how much. Other couples, however, have a highly acrimonious split where they argue about everything. A well-known entertainer in the soap opera genre has filed for divorce from his wife and things are not going well.

Residents who have been fans of the soap operas "General Hospital" and "The Bold and the Beautiful" might recognize the husband, a former star from both shows, Antonio Sabato, Jr. After five years of marriage, Sabato filed the papers at the end of last year. The couple has a 6-year-old son for whom Sabato is seeking joint custody. His wife is counteracting his request by pursuing joint legal custody but sole physical custody.

Divorce of Vanderpump Rules star is finalized

When a marriage is just not working and an Ohio couple decides to divorce, each party have many questions. They need to figure out who gets what in terms of property, assets, children and even pets. Fans of Vanderpump Rules who have been following Scheana Marie and her ex, Mike Shay, may be interested to learn about some of the terms of their divorce.

The couple decided to part ways, purportedly over Mike's drug use. Although he had apparently worked on sobriety for several months, Scheana claims his relapse is what compelled her to move forward with the divorce, for which she filed late in 2016. At that time, Mike insisted to his Instagram followers that he was no longer dependent on drugs.

Celebrity couple comes to agreeable terms in divorce settlement

Ohio residents who have gone through a divorce know it is not always easy to agree on the particulars of a settlement. One celebrity couple, however, seems to have established the terms of their divorce in a copperative spirit and without much animosity. Singer and reality television personality Towanda Braxton-Carter and her husband, author Andre Carter, have decided to end their marriage of 12 years.

The two met in a nightclub and married in 2004. Although Mrs. Braxton-Carter did not file for divorce until last year, the two had actually been separated for nearly two years prior. She claimed irreconcilable differences as the grounds for the filing.

Wealthy couple finally agree on terms of divorce

The end of an Ohio marriage can be amicable, but more often than not, there is contention between the two parties. The division of funds, property and other assets, as well as decisions concerning any children can extend a divorce dispute from months to years. A well-known property developer and his ex-wife, a plastic surgeon to celebrities, have finalized their divorce agreement to conclude their eight-year marriage.

Bruce Ratner, 72 and worth approximately $400 million, and his ex-wife, Dr. Pamela Lipkin, 65, had an intense few months as they tried to iron out the details of their settlement. The two were married in 2008 after Ratner bought them a luxurious apartment in which to reside. A report did not specify the reasons why Lipkin filed for divorce last July but related they are both satisfied with the final agreement.

Understanding marital property laws in Ohio

If you are considering divorce, one of the most important things you can know is how Ohio divides marital property. Unlike some other states, it is not as easy as dividing everything in half. Before you accept a settlement at the negotiating table or let a judge decide who gets the vacation house and stock options, you should take the time to sit down with an experienced divorce attorney in the Westerville area go over every single piece of property you and your future ex-husband own.

One of the most effective ways to determine the value of your various pieces of real estate, investment accounts, and family business is to hire an appraiser. Determining the value of your assets can be very complicated, however between the advice of your attorney and a valuation report, you should be able to have a clear picture of what you can expect in a divorce settlement. Read further for more information about Ohio marital property laws.

Divorce granted to son of former Vice President

There are many reasons an Ohio marriage might end. Two people who were once very much in love might decide they no longer share the same interests. One, or both, might have found love with another person. Sometimes, two people divorce because they just do not want to be together anymore. The divorce between Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden, and his wife was recently finalized.

Mrs. Biden filed for divorce in December 2016 after the two had been separated for over a year. In the courtroom for the judge's final decree, she shed tears as she disclosed that she and her husband were living completely independent lives and had been for six months prior. She did not see a reconciliation happening between them.

Property division dispute settled for Orianne Collins

While the end of some marriages in Ohio are amicable enough, others are more contentious. When two people decide to divorce, common conflicts include child custody, property division and especially money. One example involves the former wife of singer Phil Collins, Orianne Collins. Ms. Collins recently reached a confidential divorce agreement with her ex-husband, investment banker Charles Fouad Mejjati, following a long dispute.

Ms. Collins and Mejjati had been married a year when she purchased an $8.4 million mansion. Just three years later, Mejjatti allegedly paid her $100 for the residence, although she claimed she did not consent to the deal. The divorce petition asserted that while Ms. Collins was taking heavy doses of prescription painkillers following crippling back surgery, Mejjati coerced her into signing the house over to him.

Silicon Valley couple to divorce

Sometimes people just do not get along. That goes for acquaintances, coworkers, and even two people who have been married for a number of years. Many Ohio residents who have gone through a divorce have seen first-hand that no amount of trying can make the marriage work. A power couple in the world of business have filed for a divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.

Silicon Valley residents Mark Pincus and his wife, Alison, filed their divorce papers several weeks ago, but they have just recently separated. Their marriage lasted nine years, and together they had three children: a boy and twins girls. While Mark made a hefty sum with his early investments in Twitter and Facebook, the bulk of his $1.28 billion fortune was made with his creation of Zynga. Alison made $30 million last year when the company she co-founded, One Kings Lane, was bought by Bed, Bath & Beyond.

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