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Convicted senator's wife wants a divorce

While most Ohio divorces hold some level of contention, the specific reasons for the split may increase the hostility. While many couples cite irreconcilable differences in their filing, others are more detailed about why they want to divorce. The wife of Senator Carlos Uresti has filed for divorce after his conviction for fraud.

The two have been married just shy of six years, but Mrs. Uresti says her husband had an affair with a woman who invested in his oilfield operation. The woman in question has testified that a business association with Uresti began when he became her advisor on legal and financial matters, but it later developed into a physical relationship. Uresti claims the woman was indeed an investor, but the affair never happened.

Woman files lawsuit after divorce

The reasons an Ohio couple chooses to divorce are numerous. Infidelity, money issues or claims of irreconcilable differences are just a few of the more frequently-cited reasons couples do not want to remain together. One woman has a most unusual story to explain why her husband asked her for a divorce.

The woman has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against her former husband, a doctor, and the medical foundation where he is employed. The lawsuit alleges that after having a baby, the woman's husband prescribed her anxiety medication to which she became addicted. She also claims that he also told her it would be harmless to mix the medication with wine.

Husband goes to extreme to get alimony in divorce case

In Ohio and elsewhere, some people will go to great lengths to get what they want out of a divorce, especially when it comes to alimony. Sometimes, however, the acts are particularly shocking. Here's what one man did to get part of his heiress-wife's fortune in alimony payments.

The couple married in 2008 and had twins two years later. By 2014 they decided to divorce and the husband devised a clever way to get part of the $50 million left to his wife by her late father, or so he thought. He paid just $50 for spy software that could be used on her iPhone so he would know everything said between her and anyone in her proximity as well as the content of her texts.

How Ohio courts handle retirement accounts in a divorce

Going through a high-asset divorce is quite stressful. Unless you have a prenuptial agreement on record, chances are strong that you and your spouse do not agree on the terms of the divorce. Issues involving child custody, spousal support and asset division are common. You may find yourself worrying about the way that your divorce could impact your retirement.

If you and your spouse built up substantial investments during your marriage, whether as part of an employer-sponsored pension plan or in investment accounts like 401(k)s, the courts will have to decide how to split them up fairly in your divorce. Understanding how the courts approach this process can help you predict the most likely results of the split on your retirement funds.

Woman seeking to divorce absentee husband

Nearly every person changes moods or behaviors over the course of his or her life. With some, it is a pleasant maturing but with others, it can be distressing to those closest to them. Ohio couples who have been or who are considering marriage often feel they know each other fairly well and have some certainty that they can adapt to spousal changes. If they cannot, divorce may be imminent. One woman is seeking a divorce under an unusual circumstance.

The woman met her husband in a restaurant five years ago. They dated for a year and got married. She told family and friends he was a really nice person. Once married, however, she says he began to change. A report on the situation did not give any details but matters got to such a point after a year into the marriage that she felt she needed to move out of the house they shared.

Panel says age a problem in child custody case

There are many grandparents in Ohio who have petitioned the court to be considered as guardians over their grandchildren in child custody cases. Some may have found out there can be numerous obstacles in their quest to gain child custody. One woman in another state has been told by a citizen review panel she is too old to be given custody of her great-granddaughter.

The 73-year-old woman was asked by the Department of Family and Children Services to take 5-month-old girl when the girl's mother was fighting a legal battle over drug use at the time. It has been 11 months since then and decisions on permanent custody need to be made. A judge requested an evaluation by the panel, and now he has to decide whether or not to rule according to their recommendation.

Round 2 on ruling of child custody case

All manner of Ohio civil and criminal cases are taken to court and the opposing parties are to abide by the final decision of the trial court. However, should one or both parties disagree with the judge's decision, an appeal can be made to a higher court. In one particular child custody battle between two parents in another state, that has happened twice. The original judge in the case has twice ruled that the parents should share child custody, but the father and the appellate court disagree.

A county circuit judge heard the original argument by the former couple and ruled that they should share custody of their two children. That decision was appealed nearly a year ago, and after reviewing all the evidence, the appellate court reversed the initial ruling and ordered the circuit judge to choose which parent should have physical custody of the children and which parent should pay child support. The appellate court based its ruling on the evidentiary fact that the animosity between the two parents is so great and there is no chance of amiable collaboration needed to coordinate an acceptable schedule; as such, the trial court's plan would not serve the best interests of the children.

Mother's disability at the center of child custody case

When two Ohio parents separate, they have decisions to make as to the custody of their children. They may decide to share custody, or if they cannot come to a conclusion on their own, a judge may decide the child custody issues for them. A state appellate court upheld an earlier child custody determination based on the mother's medical condition.

Custody of a young girl was held by her mother until the mother had a stroke four years ago, leaving her unable to give proper care to the girl for the better part of a year. More than two years later, the father sought primary custody of the girl, as the mother was and is continuing to have problems relating her thoughts and mispronouncing words. Custody was granted to the father and the mother appealed the decision, relating her anxiety over the negative impact a new home and new school may have on the girl. The appellate court agreed with the earlier ruling, partially based on testimony concerning the child's poor hygiene and the mother's lack of ability to help her daughter with her homework. It was also noted the girl was familiar with her father's home, as a consistent visitation schedule was observed.

Dwight Howard's ex wants set child custody arrangement

Establishing child custody arrangements between Ohio exes does not often happen without at least a slight element of anxiety. Any number of variables for either side can come into play when trying to reach an acceptable plan of action. Melissa Rios, the ex-girlfriend of Dwight Howard, player for the Charlotte Hornets NBA team, has initiated her own child custody plan for their son.

Rios wants full legal and physical custody of the 4-year-old boy and claims Howard only spends a little over a month each year with the child because of the demands of being a basketball star. She says she has been his sole caregiver since the day he was born. She furthermore contends she is the parent who makes the necessary daily decisions about his education and general well-being.

Mediation of your divorce offers a lot of potential benefits

Despite what you've seen in the media and heard from friends, divorce doesn't have to be a drawn-out, chaotic battle between exes where the courts end up making all the major decisions. Even if you and your spouse don't currently agree on the terms of your divorce, it is very possible that you can avoid a contentious divorce in the courts by pursuing mediation to settle the terms of your divorce.

For couples without a valid prenuptial agreement, mediation is often the fastest and most affordable means of resolving issues in a divorce. When both spouses have individual legal representation to protect their best interests and a neutral mediator to help them set fair terms for a non-contested divorce, the process can be much quicker, easier and more affordable than a court-based divorce. There are a host of other benefits to mediation as well.

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