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  • How are Retirement Benefits Divided in an Ohio Divorce?

    As part of any divorce, finances are typically at the forefront of one’s concerns. No one wants to give up their rightfully earned assets, no matter how amicable they are with their ex-spouse. As a result, people often enter into protracted, combative disagreements regarding all things financial, particularly retirement benefits. Depending on the specifics of your particular situation, our ...
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  • Tips for Effective Co-Parenting

    Co-parenting is never easy. It is difficult enough for married couples to agree wholeheartedly on their parenting styles, let alone two people who were once together but have now chosen to separate. As a result, attempting to co-parent can be a struggle--especially if you are concerned about your ex’s judgement, decision-making skills, and parenting habits. However, every parent wants the best for ...
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  • Dividing the Family Home

    Your Options on Dividing the Family Home in a Divorce Perhaps one of the most contentious aspects of divorce is agreeing on what to do with the marital home. Deciding what to do with the family home can be incredibly difficult, because it all depends on a number of factors that are specific to each couple. If you have children, you may want to keep the home because you don’t want them to ...
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  • Easing the Stress of Divorce | Columbus Family Lawyer

    Tips to Help You Ease the Stress of Divorce We all know divorce is one of the most devastating experiences for anyone to undergo, as it is a major life transition likened to a death or major loss. In fact, divorce is second only to the death of a loved one in terms of stress and anxiety. It is overwhelming, dramatic, anger-inducing, sad, and incredibly emotional. There is almost no way to prepare ...
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  • Hidden Provision in Rewritten Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act

    When the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 became law on December 23, 2016, it did not garner much attention. If people knew that a subtle clause within the paperwork impacted the split retirement pay of divorcing active duty military members, it may have caught more eyes and headlines. When the act was signed, it also turned official some rewrites to the Uniformed Services ...
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  • 6 Strange (and Likely Unenforceable) Prenuptial Clauses

    Prenuptial agreements are a common marriage tool employed by wealthy couples or couples with a high degree of unequal earning. Prenuptials , as our Columbus divorce lawyers have mentioned before, are a powerful resource for couples at any income level—it provides clarity about money behavior, lends transparency to each spouse’s expectation, and even offers a way of strengthening your marriage by ...
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  • Who Keeps the Ring When a Relationship Ends?

    One question we hear quite often has to do with who actually owns the engagement ring in a relationship. Is it a gift? Does it become “marital property?” This is something which has actually been ruled on several times in Ohio law and may surprise a lot of people. “Conditional” Gifts The law in Ohio states that engagement rings are what are known as “conditional” gifts, or gifts that remain with ...
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  • Holiday Tips for Divorced Parents

    Between the family gatherings, gift shopping, travel arrangements, and seemingly never enough time in the day to balance it all, the holidays can be stressful enough as they are. However, for families who have recently completed the divorce process, the experience of a first holiday season can bring a new level of difficulty and emotional strain. Here are a few valuable tips for recently-divorced ...
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  • Facebook Leads to Increased Divorce Rates

    While Facebook has become such an integral part of our online society, the popular social network has had a number of unforeseen influences on our daily lives. One such surprising influence has been an increase in the number of divorces amongst regular users. A study conducted by the scholarly journal Computers in Human Behavior noted that while it is not clear whether or not Facebook is at fault ...
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  • Angelina Jolie Files for Divorce From Brad Pitt

    In what is bound to be one of Hollywood’s highest profile divorces, Angelina Jolie is ending her marriage with husband Brad Pitt. Angelina filed for divorce on Monday, citing irreconcilable differences. She lists the date of separation as Sept. 15. According to sources, Angelina’s decision to initiate the divorce is due to the method in which Brad was parenting their six children – Angelina is ...
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  • Conducting Yourself in a Courtroom

    Many people can be intimidated by the thought of having to appear before a judge in their divorce case. For those who will be experiencing a legal proceeding for the first time, there are a few things you should know before setting foot inside a courtroom. Adhering to these general guidelines may not have a significant outcome on your case, but they will still help you so they are important to ...
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  • Common Divorce Myths Debunked

    With the number of divorces happening every year still continuing to rise, several common myths have begun to proliferate their way into general public knowledge. We often hear from clients about a law or part of the divorce process which confuses or perhaps even frightens them of what they are about to face in their own case. Let’s take a look at just a few of these divorce myths and set the ...
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  • The Parental Relocation Process in Ohio

    Because everybody’s life has the ability to take a sudden turn that may require you to have to relocate. This includes those who have gone through a divorce and are sharing child custody or who have visitation privileges. As such, the state of Ohio has created a process which these parents must go through in order to get the court’s approval to relocate with their children over state lines. Let’s ...
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  • What Are Hidden Assets?

    When going through a divorce , it can be tempting to try and hide assets in an effort to save money and property from being divided. Regardless of the circumstance, hiding assets is always a terrible idea and it can lead to more trouble than you bargained for. How are assets hidden? There are a wide range of methods a spouse may implement to hide their assets. Typically, the assets they hide are ...
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  • Signs It's Time To Change Divorce Lawyers

    Retaining proper and adequate representation is extremely crucial, but you are responsible for the quality and caliber of your representation. Ideally, you’d want a lawyer who is dedicated, professional, and organized – but unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. It’s important to remember, however, that you are not obligated to stick with the attorney you initially hire, especially if you are ...
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