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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.

What are the financial implications of your divorce?

Recent changes to tax laws will impact divorces, and people facing the prospect of the end of their marriage would be wise to plan well around these changes. If a divorce is final after the end of 2018, anyone paying alimony will no longer be able to deduct these payments for tax purposes. The person receiving the alimony will not have to pay taxes on it.

This means there is now an urgency to complete divorces before the end of the year. However, hurrying through an important a complex process like a divorce can lead to agreements that are not truly beneficial and sustainable. Due to these changes in the law, these are some who point out that couples may have less incentive to work together to reach reasonable agreements. Ohio readers know alimony can sometimes be a bargaining point, but it is more difficult to do so now due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Yes, Ohio courts are likely to split pensions in a divorce

Every state has its own laws about divorce and marital assets. When it comes to asset division, Ohio courts focus on an equitable and fair outcome. Of course, what the courts consider equitable and fair does not always line up with what either spouse hopes for in a divorce. This is particularly true when it comes to assets that have personal value, such as a pension.

For many working adults, a pension is a source of pride. Once a staple of retirement, these days a pension is an uncommon privilege. A pension reflects the fact that you have worked with the same employer for many decades. It also often includes benefits from your employer, such as matching contributions.

Divorce finalized in Bristol Palin relationship

Many Ohio residents have been through the painful journey of divorce. No matter the reason for the separation, it can be somewhat difficult to essentially start a different life as a newly-single person. Bristol Palin, daughter of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, finds herself unattached again after her divorce from U.S. Marine, Dakota Meyer.

The two were married in 2016 and had two daughters during the course of their relationship. Meyer filed for divorce near the beginning of the year, asserting that the difference in their personalities prevented their marriage from moving forward. He publicly made the comment that she was unhappy being with him.

Father keeps children from foster system in child custody gain

Most news stories pertaining to child custody focus on the court giving primary or sole custody to the mother, leaving the father with a few days of visitation and providing financial support. That is changing, however, as more fathers are seeking full custody of their children for any number of reasons. Ohio parents might be interested in the child custody journey of one single father.

Although relationship details were not given, a report on the events stated the father received a call from child services while he was at work one day. The caseworker told him that his ex, with whom he had had five children, was not mentally able to care for their children and had left them home alone. He was told the children would be placed in foster care, separated by gender.

Football star Josh Norman reveals child custody plan

Some men who become fathers as a result of a spontaneous, brief liaison will often deny the possibility of their parental status. Thus, child custody and support are issues they attempt to avoid. Professional football fans in Ohio might be interested to know that cornerback for the Washington Redskins, Josh Norman, is all for a shared child custody agreement for his daughter, born earlier this year.

Norman and the baby's mother, Melody Woods, were not in a committed relationship when she got pregnant. Norman did not even know he was the father until he received the results of a DNA test. Woods claimed Norman did not want to be in his daughter's life and had filed for sole physical and legal custody. Norman has refuted her claim and has responded with his own plan for shared custody.

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