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Ohio family law: Is mediation a good fit?

The idea of going through a divorce may seem rather daunting. Movies and television make it seem like fighting things out in court is the norm -- this is not true, however. Not everyone wants to or has to go that route. Ohio residents can utilize mediation, which is a family law alternative dispute resolution method that can save time and money, and put a couple in control.

Ohio family law: Fail to pay child support, go to jail

Ever wonder what happens to parents who fail to financially support their children? One man in another state found that not meeting his child support obligation has criminal consequences. This is a family law enforcement option in place to keep support-paying parents in Ohio and elsewhere accountable.

Your business' value subject to family law division

Figuring out how assets are to be divided when going through a divorce can be a challenge. Some things, like a privately owned business, may not, itself, be subject to division, but the value of it may be taken into consideration when it comes to determining any financial settlements offered to one's spouse. Ohio family law is written to ensure each party walks away with a relatively fair share of marital assets -- a business being considered a significant marital asset.

Ohio family law: splitting retirement accounts in divorce

When couples in Ohio choose to end their marriages, there are certain assets that some parties may believe are not subject to division. For example, retirement accounts. The account owner may believe that the money within the account is his or hers alone. This is not necessarily true. With assistance from a family law attorney, these funds can be accessed and divided in a way that does little damage to each party.

Family law appeals: The Stephenson's divorce

The divorce process is not always easy to get through. Sometimes it takes more time than one would expect. And sometimes reaching an agreement without a judge's intervention is just not possible. When things go down this way, it is normal to question if one really achieved the best settlement possible. Ohio residents who believe they got the short of the stick in their court-decided family law cases may file appeals -- just like in the Stephenson divorce case.

Ohio family law: to mediate or not to mediate?

There are a lot of questions and concerns that come with ending one's marriage. Ohio residents who are thinking about divorce likely want to know what all of their options are and which dissolution process will best work for them. This column will address the ins and outs of one process in particular -- mediation -- and also go over how a family law attorney can still be helpful if this route is chosen.

Millennials can benefit from family law services

Millennials are identified as people in their mid-20s to mid-30s, roughly. Many in this age group have already taken the leap and gotten married and started having families. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, 26 percent of millennials in the United States are already married. Others, however, are taking their time and waiting until they really feel ready to take on such a commitment. Whether already married or getting ready to walk down the aisle, millennials in Ohio may benefit from family law services.

Use family law to protect the family business

In the United States, approximately 90 percent of companies are family owned and operated. Some of these may be run by husband and wife teams, and others may be owned by one spouse's family. When a marriage fails to thrive, it can have a negative impact on the business if proper precautions were not taken before or during the marriage to protect the company. Ohio residents can use family law offerings to help protect their family businesses long before divorce enters the picture.

Ohio family law: Will the alimony tax deduction soon be gone?

According to a recent news article, in 2015, roughly 800,000 couples in the United States filed for divorce. That is a lot of people, young and old, with and without children, who had to figure out how to start over, which is not an easy task. Many of those individuals in Ohio and elsewhere who were economically dependent on their former spouse required alimony in order to help them with their transition, and they were able to get it by negotiating terms without having to litigate their cases. Thanks to a tax plan that is currently being reviewed, spousal support may be something that those requiring it may, with the assistance of a family law attorney, have to fight harder to receive.

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