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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.

When Stodden initially filed the divorce papers she requested that the judge grant a default judgment, as Hutchison has not filed a response to the petition. Stodden also said she did not want spousal support and she wanted the judge to deny any appeal Hutchison may make for financial support from her. She claims she only makes around $2,500 but her expenses are nearly twice that amount. The judge has recently informed Stodden she has more documents to file in order for him to sign off on the divorce. If she does not submit the correct information, the divorce petition will be rejected and the couple will remain married, at least for now.

No matter the reason for divorce, it can be a trying time for both parties as well as family and friends. The lack of focus due to fluctuating emotions during the process can lead to omission of important information the court may need to make a fair judgement. An Ohio attorney can be the advocate needed when supplying the court with required documentation.

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