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.
Moms traditionally do more of the holiday planning. Dads get their marching orders of picking up the ham, hanging lights outside, and perhaps a list when you take the kids shopping for presents.
One of the many painful aspects of a divorce is the division of mutual assets. Very likely the most valuable asset you and your spouse had in common is the house. Deciding who gets the house and what to do with it is something that has to be thought through with care, especially if you were a stay-at-home mother who is looking at getting back into the workforce after a long time out of it.
The Hollywood version of divorce is the couple falls in love, they get married, and then something happens and they get divorced. It then proceeds to get ugly, and the uglier it gets the more entertaining it gets (although The War of the Roses may have crossed the line to unlikeable characters that ultimately deserved each other).
If you've decided to get a divorce, you may be wondering what's involved, and how long the process will take. The answer depends in part on how complicated your divorce is--divorces involving children, multiple properties and retirement accounts where the couple had been married for decades, for example, will likely take longer than a divorce where the couple had been married only a short time and didn't have many assets.
Child support is considered a continuation of a parent's obligation towards a child after divorce. A parent may leave child support unpaid for any number of reasons, including a change in living expenses, a job loss or simple negligence. The parent's obligation to pay support does not end due to any such circumstance unless the agreement is modified by court order. Willfully ignoring child support obligations in Ohio has serious consequences.
Many people in Ohio share the widespread perception that the divorce rate is close to 50 percent and is rising steadily. However, that number may be more of a historical aberration as opposed to an actual marriage trend. Researchers say that the divorce rate is actually falling, and attitudes toward marriage have changed since the 1970s and 1980s due to the rise of feminism.
Ohio residents who are considering divorce may be interested in how marital property is divided. Ohio follows the principle of equitable distribution, and property acquired between the date the parties were married until they legally separated or divorced is considered marital property.