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  • Alimony & Cohabitation in Ohio

    In an Ohio divorce , a judge may order the more financially stable spouse to make alimony payments to the other spouse until either spouse passes away (if the marriage lasts at least 20 years) or the divorce decree states otherwise. However, it is not uncommon for either spouse to start dating—or even move in with a new flame. When an ex-spouse starts living together with a romantic partner and ...
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  • Who Gets the Family Pet in an Ohio Divorce?

    One of the most important members of many families is their pet. But in the event of a divorce , who will keep the family’s beloved furry, feathered, or scaled friend? While many states treat animals as property, there are some that view family pets more like children. According to a recent law in Illinois, judges can take the best interests of the animal into consideration to determine custody ...
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  • When Does Child Support End in Ohio?

    Child support enables children to have financial stability after their parent’s divorce . While both parents must financially support their kids, the noncustodial parent is responsible for providing monthly payments. Many people believe child support ends when the child turns 18 years old since that is the legal age of becoming an adult. But in Ohio, child support can continue after a child turns ...
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  • Can I Date During Divorce?

    Divorce can be a frustrating, sad, and even lonely process. Sometimes, people going through divorce long to feel desirable again and wish to meet someone new or have fun. While there is no law against dating during divorce proceedings, there are both legal and emotional reasons why you should wait until your divorce is final. The following are several reasons why you should avoid dating during the ...
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  • What to Do When a Parent Withholds Visitation

    When parents file for divorce , they will typically have a child custody and visitation agreement in place once the separation becomes final. While some parents are able to raise their children in an amicable and respectful manner, others find it extremely difficult to get along. In some instances, the custodial parent will deliberately withhold visitation from the noncustodial parent. However, ...
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  • How Facebook Might Hurt Your Divorce Case

    If you are going through a divorce , you need to be careful with the things you post on Facebook and other social media sites. Your social media pages can end up playing a major role in your case if you post the wrong thing. One survey from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers , revealed that 81% of divorce attorneys say they have seen an increase in the amount of cases where social media ...
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  • Which Spouse Is Entitled to Alimony?

    Determining which spouse is entitled to alimony can be a confusing and complex process. Many people have the misconception that the wife is always guaranteed alimony when a marriage comes to an end. However, neither spouse is guaranteed spousal support, regardless of how long the marriage lasted. When it comes to divorce , spousal support can be awarded to both husbands and wives. Alimony is ...
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  • How to Boost Self-Confidence After Divorce

    After you have wrapped up your divorce and moved away from your ex to start your own life, it can be difficult to move on past your marriage and redefine who you are. Although you weren’t a completely different person when you were married, things will be different now that you are divorced. During this transition phase, it is important to be aware of the things that can shape your self-image and ...
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  • How to Prepare for Your Child Custody Hearing

    When a couple gets divorced, child custody disputes are usually one of the biggest obstacles they must overcome. If you are getting divorced and want to obtain custody of your child, you will need to attend a child custody hearing. Before you argue your case in front of a judge, you need to make sure you know what to expect from the hearing. In this blog, we explain what you need to do to prepare ...
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  • Child Custody Arrangements for the Holidays

    Although the holiday season is the time of year when most families get together for celebrations, it can also be a can be very stressful time for divorced parents. One of the biggest sources of conflict for divorced couples during the holidays is figuring out a fair custody schedule that will allow both parents to spend time with their children. In this blog, we explain a few ways you can avoid ...
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  • How Do I Modify an Order for Spousal Support?

    Spousal support, also known as alimony, is awarded in a divorce to the spouse with the lower income. The purpose of spousal support is to help bring balance to the life of the lower earning spouse and to allow them to maintain their lifestyle both during and after the divorce. In this blog, we discuss different types of spousal support and how to modify an order for alimony. Temporary Alimony ...
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  • What Is Separate & Community Property?

    When you divorce your spouse, you will have to separate your property and assets. This process can be frustrating and confusing, especially if you don’t have a lawyer to guide you and explain what you are entitled to. In this blog, we explain the difference between community and separate property. Marital Property Vs Separate Property Marital property consists of the things you acquired and shared ...
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  • 5 Things to Do Before Getting Divorced

    Divorce is never an easy situation to go through. It can be emotionally exhausting and can strain the relationships you have with friends and family. Divorce is also a tricky area of law, and unfortunately, many people make the mistake of acting to quickly without first getting their affairs in order. Although you might be ready to leave your spouse, you don’t want to be left in a position that ...
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  • New Tax Law Changes Might Impact Your Divorce Agreement

    New changes to the tax code that will go into effect at the end of this year has people asking questions about how their divorce settlement will be affected. Below, we explain what the new changes to alimony tax are and how these changes might impact you and your family. In the past, alimony has always been deductible for the person who pays spousal support . In turn, the recipient spouse payed ...
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  • Retroactive Child Support Explained

    Under the law, there is a distinction between a parent who refuses their child support obligations and a parent who has yet to be given child support orders. However, parents who have not been given a child support order can still be ordered to pay retroactive child support for a specified period time before the order for child support was officially granted by a court. One example where ...
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  • How to Protect Your Assets in a Divorce

    A common concern for many people who are going through a difficult divorce is how they can protect their assets. This is particularly true for couples who have many high value assets such as a business or multiple properties. In this blog, we explain a few ways you can protect your assets when going through a divorce . Open Accounts in Your Name If you're a spouse who doesn’t work, it's important ...
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  • How Divorce Affects Men & Women Differently

    We all deal with divorce uniquely. Sometimes the way we choose to react to our divorce fits into society’s gender norms and expectations. Other times, our reactions stray from these expectations. However, there are some consistent patterns and differences between the ways that men and women react to their divorce. In this blog, we talk about some of the key differences in how men and women cope ...
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  • What You Need to Know About the Divorce Process in Ohio

    When it comes to divorce in Ohio, what exactly does it look like? Each state has different divorce laws or requirements, all of which affect what your divorce experience will be. Whether it is your first time getting a divorce, or you’ve been down this road once before, it is imperative to have a clear understanding of what the process is going to be from beginning to end. The following are ...
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  • Modifying a Divorce Decree

    Typically, when two people divorce, the divorce decree creates a legally binding contract regarding child custody, child support, spousal support, and visitation. It finalizes the provisions of the divorce so each spouse understands his or her responsibilities. However, life never turns out the way most people plan. Some parents might lose their job and might no longer be able to send child ...
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  • 3 Factors That Can Affect Child Custody Outcomes

    Parents are often concerned they might not get enough time with their kids after a divorce. Some courts award partial custody to both parents, while others might award full physical custody to one parent and shared legal custody to both parents. The decisions judges make depend on the well-being of the child; however, the court will look at several factors to make that determination. Here are 3 ...
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  • Differences Between No-Fault and Fault-Based Divorce

    Divorce is rarely easy for most couples. However, the type of separation can sometimes complicate the process. No fault and fault-based divorces are two different methods of determining how the couple separates. In a fault divorce, the spouse filing the divorce claims the other is responsible, while in a no-fault divorce, no blame is placed on either party. Ohio is one state that uses fault ...
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