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Father files lawsuit in child custody case

When divorced Ohio parents receive an order from the court, disclosing details of a custody agreement, both parties are expected to comply with the order. However, there are times when one parent chooses to stray from some of the conditions of the formal child custody directive, leaving the other parent in a state of frustration and anger. One father has filed a lawsuit against a police department, claiming it is helping the mother violate a court-ordered child custody agreement.

The mother first defied the order by moving out of state. After a couple of years, the father says the mother and other family members began calling the police department, making false claims that he was harassing them. Even though the parents eventually agreed to a new visitation schedule, the harassment claims continued, and the mother refused to meet the terms of any court orders.

Protecting your stock holdings and similar assets in a divorce

Couples going through divorce often find things to argue about that can make the entire process more difficult and expensive. Financial assets, such as retirement accounts or stocks, are a common source of contention for people ending their marriage. The more significant the asset, the more likely it is that both spouses will want to retain it or have a share of the asset.

Under Ohio law, most assets a couple acquires during marriage are subject to division, unless they have a prenuptial agreement stating otherwise. In typical cases, assets acquired during the marriage get divided by the courts because they are marital property, partially owned by each spouse.

Courtney Stodden missing paperwork in divorce case

The reasons Ohio couples end their marriages are numerous and varied. It seems the most often-used justification for divorce is irreconcilable differences. That is the case in the divorce of Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchison.

Stodden and Hutchison made headlines in 2011, when they married. At the time, she was 16 and he was 51. As a result of the marriage, Hutchinson stated family members and his agent turned their backs on him. The marriage lasted six years and then they announced they had separated, giving the date of Jan. 2017. However, Stodden did not file for divorce until March 2018 and claimed at that time that the separation was eight months later, in September.

Past of father fighting for child custody may be obstacle

There are a number of adults in Ohio fighting to be named the custodial parent of their child. Fighting for child custody is often not an easy undertaking, especially if the other parent is exceptionally opposed to the notion. Sometimes, it is not the other parent but a state agency or another relative of the child who has a differing opinion on permanent placement. One father is not only fighting for child custody of his newborn daughter but he is also fighting a past that may threaten his case.

The mother of the infant gave birth just a few days before Christmas. However, she is now in jail and anticipating the trial where a jury will be determining her fate in the murder of her young son. The father of both children now wants his daughter placed with him. One of the biggest obstacles is the question of abuse to the mother before they chose to separate, resulting in the 2-year-old boy being placed temporarily in foster care. They were not together when the boy died.

Spousal support case reviewed by appellate court

Some divorced couples in Ohio are able to come to an amicable settlement and move on with their lives with no future problems. The paths of others are not so smoothly resolved, and child or spousal support issues rear their ugly heads after a period of time. A former couple's dispute in a restructured spousal support agreement has gone to an appellate court for further deliberation.

The original divorce agreement in 2014 stated the wife would pay her ex $850 each month -- with an extra 10 percent of the amount earned over her base salary, which was then $180,000 per year -- and 10 percent of any bonuses she received. The payments would decrease to $551 per month over time to continue until 2020. In just two years, she was making nearly $80,000 per year more, and the amount of her bonuses were nearly half that. She complains her ex-husband would become very wealthy according to the conditions set by the original divorce agreement. She petitioned the court to modify the original agreement as a change in circumstances to reflect her new salary, which it did by placing a cap on the bonus but leaving the other amounts as was laid out earlier.

Money at center of bitter divorce dispute

For Ohio couples whose annual income is not plentiful, it may not be difficult to divide assets when the marriage is over. However, when an extremely wealthy couple chooses to divorce, it can be much more complicated to decide who gets what. The former chairman of one of the country's oldest trade and exchange commissions, and his ex-wife 21 years his junior, are feuding over the amount of money she should receive in their divorce.

The wife filed for divorce after being married 16 years, citing the main reason as infidelity but also stating there were numerous additional motives. The husband says she wanted a more lavish lifestyle than that for which he was prepared to pay and that she tried to rip him off before she filed for divorce. She says she was just protecting herself because her attorney thought her husband might be wanting to leave and take everything with him.

How financial disputes can be resolved through mediation

When a couple commits to the process of getting divorced, things can become tense. Even if they used to be a good team when it came to making decisions, even the smallest agreements may now become impossible to establish. This can be frustrating even in the best of situations. However, when it comes to agreeing on dividing marital property, explosive arguments can be extremely costly for both parties.

If you are worried about the potential outcomes for the division of marital property in the state of Ohio, it is important that you take the time to consider the possible variables. This will help you to understand what aspects are within the realm of your control, and what you can do to impact these aspects going forward.

Aunt fights for child custody of nephew

Drug abuse by hundreds of Ohio parents has resulted in displacement of their children. While some children are placed in the foster system, relatives of other children are fighting child custody battles to keep them with their families. One woman is seeking child custody of her 4-year-old nephew after his foster parent was recently arrested for child abuse.

The boy was born to a woman who had been abusing drugs for many years. An aunt, his mother's sister, brought the two of them home from the hospital after his birth. Although his mother was in and out of the house, he stayed with his aunt and uncle, both of whom were committed to raising him. However, it never occurred to them that they needed to take legal steps to ensure he stayed with them.

CEO files for divorce from wife

It can be hard for an Ohio couple to divide assets under any circumstances. However, when the couple has amassed a fortune at some point, the divisions in a divorce can get complicated. Talent agent and co-CEO of William Morris Endeavor, Ari Emanuel, and his wife, Sarah Addington, have some issues to sort out concerning their divorce.

Emanuel just recently filed for divorce, and on the surface, it looks like he would have to split his massive fortune with Addington. In 2016, a $4 billion acquisition of the Ultimate Fighting Championship franchise set the stage for tremendous personal wealth through the assets generated by the UFC. In his divorce petition, Emanuel asked that any money he earned after the couple separated to be excluded from the capital they shared.

Jon and Kate embroiled in child custody battle

Two Ohio parents who do not get along often have a nightmare situation when trying to come to a fair custody agreement. When they are not willing to work together, the court has to intervene to determine a child custody resolution. Kate and Jon Gosselin are back in the news and will be going back to court for a child custody decision on their son, Collin.

The former couple made headlines several years ago when Jon claimed Kate had placed Collin in a facility for children with special needs, not only without Jon's consent but also not letting him know the location of the facility. Jon filed for custody of Collin in October, with his attorneys claiming it was in the boy's best interests to be released into Jon's care when Collin was able to leave the facility. During a recent father/son visitation, an observer claimed the boy seemed to be happy to be with his dad.

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