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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.

Ohio family law: This child support debate rages on

For parents in Ohio as well as other states, financially supporting their minor children is not optional. There are numerous children in the state who depend on child support coming in from non-custodial parents. When it is not paid or when the amount ordered is not enough, it is the children who suffer. Unfortunately, in the realm of family law matters, this is an issue that requires attention from the state. 

Ohio family law: Not just one type of domestic violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. In the spirit of this, this column wanted to go over the basics of domestic violence and how a family law attorney can help victims of such violence in Ohio move forward. When people think about domestic violence, they think about the physical side of it. Believe it or not, there are several forms of domestic violence, some of which have nothing to do with causing physical harm.

Ohio family law: All about the assets

When going through a divorce whether in Ohio or elsewhere, figuring out how to divide assets can be a major challenge. Each party will want to walk away with his or her fair share, but trying to decide just what that means is not always easy. Thankfully, each party can turn to his or her own family law attorney to help with the matter.

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