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Ending a marriage is never an easy process. It can take weeks or months to come to a settlement agreement with your ex before you sign the divorce papers. For example, it could take several days of negotiation for you to decide what to do with your home. It might take even longer to reach a decision about the child custody arrangement and the co-parenting agreement.

Dividing assets and debts and working out a custody schedule are complicated and often stressful processes. Due to this complexity, it is extremely important to stay organized so that you can ensure your needs and those of your children are being met.

Television producer and wife split millions in divorce settlement

"More money, more problems" is a saying many Ohio residents may have heard before. When going through a divorce, this saying just may be the truth. When a couple has fewer assets and liabilities, it may not seem nearly as tough to agree on a satisfactory division as when assets are held in abundance. Producer Steve Levitan and wife Krista accumulated millions during the length of their marriage and have finally settled on how those assets will be distributed now that their divorce is final.

Although Levitan may not be a household name, fastidious television comedy devotees may recognize him as the producer and creator of several popular shows over the years. After 23 years of marriage and three children, Krista filed for divorce in 2016. A report at the time claimed there was no prenuptial agreement between the two. She also accused him at one time of assault and requested a restraining order against him. A judge rejected the motion.

Father in child custody battle with state

Some Ohio parents have been in the situation where their child has been taken from them for some reason or another. Many of these parents vow to do whatever they can to regain child custody. The father of a 5-year-old boy who was recently removed from his care has stated he will focus on upcoming child custody court appearances to get his son back.

With no mention of the child's mother, a report told the story of the father who was living with his son in a tent in an encampment of other homeless people. He said it was not always like that, back before the house where they were living burned down and before he lost the job he had. Now, however, the tent is the roof over their heads and the father goes out to look for odd jobs during the day, leaving the boy with someone else in the camp.

Fathers frustrated in child custody battle

In a bitter custody battle between Ohio parents, it is most often the children who lose. Some parents will choose any tactic as a way of retaliation in a child custody situation. A mother took her two daughters from their fathers and ran to family members living on an Indian reservation in an effort to avoid an awarding of child custody to the men.

Four years ago, the mother took the girls and fled to the reservation, after which she was convicted on charges of parental kidnapping. Since then, the fathers have been pursuing custody of their daughters. Although a tribal court ruled several months ago that the girls should be returned to their fathers who would assume custody, the mother's sister, with whom the girls have been living on the reservation, filed an appeal.

Lisa Osborne files for divorce from husband Jack

Although the intention for most Ohio spouses is for their marriages to last until death parts them, that is not always what happens. There are spouses who try everything reasonably possible to keep a marriage on track who ultimately decide the best course of action is to divorce. Jack Osborne and his wife, Lisa, have decided to divorce after six years together and three children.

Only three months after giving birth to their third child, Lisa filed for divorce. Osborne took to social media to explain they felt they had done all they could during the length of their marriage to keep it going. While they are intending to remain friends, the couple feels it is best for not only them, but their children that they end it.

Pete Rose objects to spousal support increase request

When the relationship between two Ohio spouses comes to an end, there are several decisions they have to make. Just one of those decisions is whether or not spousal support will be paid. As baseball season comes to an end, fans might be interested in the spousal support woes facing legend Pete Rose.

The 77-year-old former star and his second wife, Carol, have opposing viewpoints on whether or not he is able to increase her ongoing monthly support of $20,000 as well as her legal costs. He claims his health is in significant decline in his latest pursuit of a divorce from Carol. He first filed in 2011 after 27 years of marriage and currently wants to marry the girl to whom he has been engaged for the past seven years.

There are many ways to handle a shared business in divorce

For many couples in Ohio, a marriage license is not the only thing that binds them together. They may share children, which presents a lifelong commitment, even if the couple divorces. Some couples also share ownership interests in the same business. That kind of entanglement can make splitting up a marital estate even more complicated and emotional for both parties.

It is somewhat common for spouses to decide to go into business together. They can support one another and share responsibilities both at home and at work. Those benefits are excellent while the marriage is working well, but if the state of the marriage declines, the business may be at risk as well.

Divorce decision mutual for rom-com star and husband

Movies depict that falling in love, courtship and all the romantic gestures that lead up to marriage look like a fairy tale, making the audience think the couple actually will live happily ever after.  However, most marriages do not last 50 or more years without overcoming many obstacles. Many times, one or both spouses do not feel they can work through their problems and decide a divorce is best. Ohio moviegoers who cheered for Toula in My Big Fat Greek Wedding may be sad to find out the couple upon whom the movie was based have chosen to divorce.

Star Nia Vardalos, who played herself in the movie, and Ian Gomez have both filed for divorce, claiming irreconcilable differences. Gomez was also in the movie, as the best man to the character based on himself. The two were just a few months from celebrating their 25th anniversary when they separated a year ago.

Married woman discovers divorce was never granted

When an Ohio marriage ends, often one or both spouses already have a plan in place as to how they will move ahead with their lives. Some people may have another future partner waiting on them, and others may want time to themselves after an exhausting divorce. One lady knew just what she was going to do after her divorce but later found things were more complicated than she originally thought.

Although the woman was married, she had fallen in love with someone else and had filed for divorce from her husband. Just days after she was told by her attorney's assistant the divorce was final, she married again. Nearly three years later she found out her divorce was never granted, which meant her second marriage was not legally valid. The woman was so devastated she was hospitalized for a time.

Woman surprised with a divorce

Most Ohio couples end their marriages because at least one thing in the marriage is not working and they just are not able to come to an acceptable resolution. Sometimes, only one spouse wants to end the marriage, leaving the other bewildered and floundering, wondering what went wrong. One woman recently received a real shock at the news of her own divorce.

What surprised the woman was the fact that she never filed for divorce in the first place, nor did she even want one. However, only a few weeks ago, she got the notice her divorce was finalized. It appeared that her husband and his girlfriend had developed a major plot so they could be together.

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