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  • Five Tips for Saying Goodbye to a Beloved Home

    Moving out of your family home can be a truly emotionally draining and challenging process. It is completely normal for people to grieve the loss of places that once felt so familiar. Whether you are moving out for a new job elsewhere, due to financial troubles, or a property division order in a divorce that did not quite go your way, it can be a genuine challenge to let go of the house you called ...
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  • Divorce Don’ts: How Divorcees Land in Contempt of Divorce Court Orders

    The orders created by a divorce or family law court are effectively “private laws” that apply just to the people involved in the related case. As such, failing to follow those new rules can lead to some serious legal consequences. The legal term for someone who has not followed divorce court orders is being in contempt of court . How can a divorcee become contempt of court? There are a few common ...
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  • Are Your Holiday Plans Divorce Friendly?

    A great way to spend the holidays is traveling near and far to visit friends and family. Others prefer to use their vacation time at the end of the year and see somewhere new. If you have travel plans on your calendar for the holidays or New Year’s, be sure to take a look at your parental rights as established in your divorce or shared parenting plan first. Many new divorcees forget to consider ...
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  • How Can Marital Property Change Hands?

    In Ohio, the state’s equitable distribution rules mean your marital property will be divided fairly if you should ever divorce your spouse. Your separate property will be protected from property division in your divorce. However, the designation of property ownership is not necessarily set in stone. A legal process known as transmutation may allow for separate property to become marital property, ...
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  • Intriguing Divorce Facts That Shine New Light on Ending a Marriage

    To some extent, people the world over tend to have a greater fascination with divorce than they do marriage. While celebrity marriages do capture our attention, as shown with every royal wedding, most people keep talking about and keep looking for celebrity divorces. Why is that? There is just something about the ending of a marriage that intrigues our society. Everything only gets more ...
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  • Why Social Media & Divorce Do Not Mix

    There are many things in the world that simply do not mix. Oil and vinegar, water and electronic devices, cats and mice, and so on. But did you know that divorces and social media use are also two things you should avoid mixing together? When you are in the middle of a divorce or family law dispute , the more time you spend on social media, the worse things can get. The reason is your soon-to-be ...
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  • What is a Dissolution of Marriage in Ohio?

    When thinking of a marriage ending, the first thought that comes into your mind will probably be a divorce . In Ohio, though, there might be the option to file for a dissolution of marriage instead of a traditional divorce. The idea of a dissolution of marriage might be the same as a divorce, but the key differentiator is a dissolution is always “non-adversarial” and does not involve fault. As ...
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  • Can You Get a Postnuptial Agreement in Ohio?

    Most people know that a prenuptial agreement allows you to decide before you get married what to do in case you get a divorce . Prenuptials are seen as failsafe legal tools to help you protect your best interests in the event your marriage ends. A postnuptial is essentially the same thing, but it is made after a marriage becomes official. However useful a postnuptial may be, Ohio does not consider ...
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  • Want to Keep Your Divorce Stress Free? Consider These Tips

    Divorce can happen to any couple. In fact, statistically, it will happen to half of all American married couples. If you are staring at a divorce on the horizon, then know you are not alone — and also know that your divorce does not have to be contentious, problematic, and generally packed with ill-will. Equipped with a little knowledge and tips upfront, you might be able to avoid the worst of ...
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  • Would Shared or Sole Custody Benefit You & Your Child the Most?

    You might be ready for most of your divorce , like spousal support and property division , but few parents are able to anticipate what to do with the allocation of parental rights . This is understandable. After all, deciding child custody is quite possibly the most important factor of your divorce or family law dispute . You want your child to be happy, healthy, and comfortable after your ...
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  • Tax Bill Repeals Alimony Deduction

    The Conference committee tax bill in Congress maintained the proposal to repeal the alimony deduction. Alimony is the same as spousal support in Ohio and will similarly repeal the tax deduction for spousal support.. This is one of the most revolutionary and controversial changes in family law in decades. Our team feels this situation can be avoided if one major factor is considered: this ...
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  • Pet Custody & Divorce

    Many families consider their pets to be a member of the family, but in a divorce, they may not have the same protections. During a divorce, you may find yourself arguing over the custody of your family pet. Pet custody disputes can feel emotionally draining and stressful, but your love for your pet shouldn’t be overlooked by the court. If you are fighting for the custody of your pet, here’s what ...
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  • When Is My Divorce Final?

    Divorce can be a lengthy process, and disputes can cause your divorce to take many months, or even years, to be finalized. So what happens when your divorce is finally over and you are considered officially divorced? Here’s what you can expect to happen. The Divorce Process Your divorce cannot be finalized until all issues have been resolved, either by an agreement between spouses or a court ...
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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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