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  • Tips for Couples Going Through Gray Divorce

    The Pew Research Center reports that divorce rates among adults over 50 have tripled since the 1990s, and they continue to climb. However, while gray divorce has become more common, it has not become any less complex or emotionally demanding for the parties involved. Cases of gray divorce almost never involve matters of custody, so common wisdom regarding out-of-court behavior during divorce may ...
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  • What Happens If My Spouse Doesn't Hire a Lawyer?

    What Happens If My Spouse Doesn’t Hire a Lawyer? If you’re getting a divorce , you know it is already complicated, even when both parties involved have adequate legal representation. However, when your spouse refuses to hire a divorce attorney, it can present some unique challenges and opportunities for you as the opposing spouse. A spouse may opt out of hiring legal representation for a variety ...
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  • Weis + O'Connor LLC Wins Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms for 2018 Edition of U.S. News

    Our firm, Weis + O’Connor LLC, is thrilled to announce we are the recipients of the Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms for the 2018 Edition of U.S. News. This award is only distributed to the top law firms in the nation, and we are so honored to be recognized by such a prestigious organization. Our sincere dedication to helping our clients move on from the difficulties of their family law issues has led ...
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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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