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Band's front man keeps assets in divorce

When an Ohio marriage ends, it seems one of the most difficult tasks is the dividing of assets. While some couples with significant assets choose to have a prenuptial agreement in place before they marry, some do not, and attempts to reach a settlement during a divorce can become a real headache. Since their divorce, Limp Bizkit lead vocalist, Fred Durst, and ex-wife, Kseniya Beryazina, have thus far chosen to follow the stipulations set forth in their prenup.

Durst filed for divorce in September 2018, just before their seventh anniversary, but the reason was not given in a recent report. Because of their prenup, he was able to keep for himself the money he has accumulated from his music and his other entrepreneurial enterprises, as well as his pension plan and a motorcycle. Beryazina had financial assets coming into the marriage that she will be keeping, along with some jewelry, artwork and a BMW.

Can your ex move out of Ohio with your kids after divorce?

It is easily the worst scenario imaginable in a divorce. First, the courts side with your ex and give them primary custody of your children, relegating you to weekends or visitation. Then, your ex breaks the news that they're getting remarried or took a new job and now they're moving to Michigan or Indiana.

Suddenly, you have to make a decision about whether you want to stay in the place you have lived for years or follow your children to a completely new place. You shouldn't have to uproot your entire life just to retain your parental relationship with your children.

Jail sentence imposed after defiance of divorce order

When an Ohio marriage ends both parties have final decisions to make as a couple, especially if children are involved. When they cannot agree on those decisions as they head to divorce court, the judge often gives emphatic direction that will settle the matters at hand. A doctor who has continually defied a ruling made by the judge in his divorce case has been ordered to spend 30 days of jail time.

The doctor was instructed two years ago to purchase a life insurance policy that would pay $500,000 to his ex-wife and their children in the event of his death. Not only did he refuse to obtain a policy in that amount, he let a $300,000 policy that he did have lapse because he did not feel he needed to keep it, as it was not of the amount the judge ordered. He also told the court because of his age and the condition of his health, he was not able to get a policy in the amount of the order. However, he could not produce proof of his attempts and subsequent refusals. It was suggested he might have been able to get an additional $200,000 had he kept his original policy but there seemed to be no effort on his part to do even that much.

Hard work does not save reality show marriage from divorce

Many Ohio marriages are hard enough under normal circumstances. When a marriage is under a public microscope, even the strongest marital bonds can crumble, leading to divorce. Former participants of the reality show "Married at First Sight," Jason Carrion and Cortney Hendrix have chosen to divorce.

The series was introduced in 2014 on the premise that couples are matched according to scientific methods set forth by relationship experts. The couples are not to have any contact with each other until their wedding day and then everything they go through during the first few weeks of the marriage is documented. The couples have to decide whether to continue with the relationship.

Arrest brings child custody into question

There are a few reasons an Ohio parent can lose custody of a child, with child abuse being the number one. Substance abuse is also among the top reasons child custody is revoked. With the recent arrest of June Shannon, also known as Mama June to Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson, for drug possession, some wonder if it could affect the court's position on the 13-year-old girl's child custody status.

An attorney from Shannon's home state says the arrest could definitely influence how the court determines the best interest of the girl, the main priority in a child custody case. Other factors do come into play, however, such as the relationship of the girl and her siblings in the home, how a custody change would emotionally affect the girl and how involved the mother is in the life of the girl. As far as legally known, this is just an isolated incident, and Alana may be receiving the best care possible in staying with her mother.

Reality show wife files for divorce

Many Ohio residents personally know that a good number of marriages do not last. The reasons for divorce may vary from household to household, but the effect is often the same -- broken hearts alongside anger, bitterness and frustration. Two of the stars of Animal Planet's reality series "Tanked" are getting a divorce after an alleged domestic abuse incident.

Just two months after a social media New Year's post about their loving, romantic relationship, Heather King filed for divorce from her husband, Wayde. He accused her of slapping him in the face, kicking him in the stomach two times and driving away in her vehicle while he was hanging out of the window. Police arrested her and charged her with misdemeanor domestic violence, but she was released later that day. She confessed to slapping her husband but says he was not in the window of her car as she drove away.

What are the top advantages of divorce mediation?

As you compare divorce mediation to traditional litigation, it's critical to make a list of the pros and cons associated with each process. With these details in front of you, it's easier to understand what you're up against and how to best proceed with your divorce in Ohio.

Many divorcing couples immediately write off mediation, as they aren't comfortable with the idea of personally working through their issues. While this is a common concern, you should still take the time to learn more about the many advantages of divorce mediation. These include but are not limited to:

  • More power over the process: When you square off in court, you lose a lot of your power. Your voice doesn't mean nearly as much. Instead, the judge has the right to make decisions as they relate to your divorce. With mediation, both you and the other individual work together to negotiate and compromise.
  • Less expensive: This isn't always the case, but divorce mediation is typically less expensive than litigation.
  • More time-efficient: Again, this doesn't always hold true, but most divorcing couples find that mediation is more time-efficient than litigation. When both individuals are willing to negotiate and compromise, it's much easier to move through the process in a timely manner.
  • Minimize hostility: The last thing you want is to increase tension, as this can take a toll on your mental and physical health and well-being. Also, if you have children together, increased hostility is never a good thing. When you reduce hostility during the divorce process, it's easier to carry this over into the future (such as when co-parenting).
  • The help of a mediator: Unlike a judge, a divorce mediator does not have the power to make final decisions. However, this person is trained in keeping the peace and helping move the process forward from start to finish.

Spousal support modification may be in order for lottery winner

Financial support after a divorce is often awarded after the court makes a determination based on a number of factors, such as what each spouse earns and the amount of debt owed and assets owned. Modification and termination of court-ordered spousal support can be granted, but it is usually as a result of special circumstances. Ohio residents may take interest in the story involving a lottery winner and his new spousal support woes.

The man who paid for one state's Mega Millions lottery ticket wound up being a huge winner last week. He has plans for some of the $273 million he won, but his ex-wife hopes a sense of morality kicks in where she is concerned. According to her, his winning status did not make her want to take him back, and she will not ask for any of the money he won, but she hinted at the fact that he owes her.

Child custody case pits mother against son

Bringing a child into the world means taking responsibility for someone who cannot care for him or herself, and it is usually a lifelong commitment. Unfortunately, the focus for some parents remains on themselves, leaving others to do what they choose to forgo, which is to raise the child to be a productive member of society. More and more grandparents are now seeking child custody for grandchildren the parents cannot or will not raise themselves. Ohio parents may be interested in the case of a grandmother in her fearless child custody fight for her granddaughter.

The woman had never seen her granddaughter until her son called, requesting her help after being arrested for a fight he had with the child's mother. Just looking at the child, the grandmother could tell she had been physically abused. When she took the child to a doctor, x-rays revealed past injuries, some that had not properly healed, and the child's weight was far below what it should have been for her age of eight months. The grandmother sent reports of the child's condition to police and the Division of Family and Children Services, seeking help for the child.

Tom Arnold files for divorce from wife

Sometimes, an Ohio couple will agree that the marriage is not working, but they will not agree on a settlement that comes with the ensuing dissolution. An impending divorce will find both sides needing to agree on many issues, from division of assets to child support and custody. Actor Tom Arnold and his soon-to-be ex do not agree on certain issues while they are going through their divorce.

Arnold and his wife, Ashley Groussman, were married in 2009 and confirmed a separation just weeks ago to the media. Records show he actually filed for divorce earlier this month. At that time, he did not indicate that he was willing to pay spousal support, but he did want joint custody of their two children, a 5-year-old boy and 3-year-old girl.

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