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August 2016 Archives

The ins and outs of mediation for marriage dissolution

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).

The intricacies of divorce later in life

The decision to end a marriage is a serious, life-changing step, no matter the age or financial standing of an Ohio couple. Many couples are now choosing to divorce later in life, which brings to light the complexities of this legal process for two people over the age of 50. Each divorce is different, but a grey divorce typically comes with unique financial challenges.

The tax implications of a high-asset divorce

The end of a marriage can be complicated, especially when it comes to matters such as finances and spousal support. While these matters alone can be difficult to navigate, it is particularly important for Ohio readers to consider the tax implications of any agreements made in a high\-asset divorce. The highly publicized divorce of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard illustrates this important point.

Appropriately distributing marital assets during divorce

Financial concerns are among the most common cited by Ohio couples who are considering divorce. Post-divorce money worries are normal, especially for couples who have been married for a significant amount of time. Baby Boomers, older and closer to retirement, must be particularly vigilant regarding the division of marital assets and property during a divorce.

Exercising parental rights in Ohio child custody proceedings

Ohio parents who divorce typically remain united in their desire to do what is best for their children. However, child custody issues often create challenges for parents who must negotiate and compromise in order to develop an appropriate plan for their children's continued care and upbringing. When communication barriers exist, a parent may need guidance to determine how best to exercise his or her rights when seeking resolutions to custody-related problems.

What should you bring to your first attorney meeting?

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. 

Unemployment and the impact on divorce

It is often assumed that financial trouble is one of the leading reasons that Ohio couples choose to end their marriage. While it is certain that money woes often contribute to the decision to end a marriage, studies have shown that finances may have little to do with why a person or couple actually moves forward with a filing. Recent research indicates that the employment of the husband plays a bigger role in divorce than even money disputes. 

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