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Military occupations prone to career stress and divorce

Many workers in Ohio feel stress on the job, which can turn into relationship difficulties. When the career-oriented website Zippia examined U.S. Census data, it looked for the occupations with the highest divorce rates by age 30. Military jobs took three spots in the top 10 careers most associated with divorce. People working as first-line enlisted military supervisors had the highest divorce rate at 30 percent.

Unsurprisingly, deployments strain military marriages. A breakdown of divorce rates measured by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch showed that the under-30 divorce rate for people in the U.S. Navy was 12.52 percent. Marines experienced a rate of 8.9 percent, and marriages among Army personnel ended at a similar rate of 8.48 percent. The Air Force had the highest divorce level at 14.6 percent.

Seeking a modification of the child support order

An Ohio parent who doesn't have primary custody of their children will most likely be responsible for paying support to the other parent. These child support payments help the primary caregiver provide food, shelter, medical care and other needs for the children. However, a change in circumstances can make it difficult for a non-custodial parent to meet payment obligations.

If this happens, parents responsible for paying child support cannot stop making payments to the best of their abilities. Those who do can be held in arrears. If they still fail to pay, they can potentially have their wages garnished, their tax returns seized or even their driver's license suspended. Therefore, it's best to act quickly if they find that they cannot make the payments.

Debunking costly divorce myths

The end of a marriage can be a serious legal, financial and personal situation. Since many people have gone through a divorce or know someone who has, they might believe they are also qualified to give advice about how the process works. This may lead many Ohio residents astray with costly and sometimes disastrous misinformation. It is important to debunk several common myths in this regard.

One of them deals with child support. It is a common belief that determining child support is a relatively simple, income-based calculation. While income does play a primary factor in this regard, there are myriad issues that can influence the final amount. It is also important to understand that few hard laws are written to determine child support. Instead, states have their own guidelines, and family court judges often deviate from them when circumstances so dictate.

Immigrants make child custody arrangements

While many immigrants living in Ohio are in the United States legally, there are some who have undocumented status. Because of changes in immigration policies, undocumented immigrants who are also parents may be concerned about the welfare of their young children, particularly if a parent or parents are detained or deported.

As a result, some parents are taking steps to protect their children by completing custody paperwork that would help ensure that their children could remain safe in the United States. In some cases, parents simply want to assign custody or guardianship to a friend or family member who can look after the child or children until the family can be reunited.

4 ways a spouse may be hiding assets before a divorce

When facing the prospect of a divorce, both spouses are likely to worry about their individual financial futures. So much so, that it is not uncommon for a husband or wife to attempt to illegally hide assets. There are a number of ways this can be accomplished, and you would be wise to pay special attention to the family's finances when divorce becomes a reality.

In a recent finance article, AOL provided tips on how to uncover the most common methods used to hide assets.

Financial preparation for a blended family

As family dynamics continue to change, more blended families are created. As Ohio residents know, a blended family might result from a divorce, marriage or remarriage, and with this new structure come issues that might be best addressed before the wedding day.

During an uncontested divorce, a couple negotiates their financial settlement as well as child custody and support agreements. However, when there is a remarriage, the new couple, both of whom might be parents sharing custody of kids, might need to discuss their financial plans for their new family. Experts recommend beginning the process with total honesty about the financial state of each family and what each person believes is fair when it comes to assets. In fact, they suggest drafting a prenuptial agreement or at least discussing the issues that would be covered by one, such as each person's financial status and how much the couple wants to combine their assets.

Divorce or separation agreements and spousal support

An Ohio resident might pay support to a former spouse after a divorce. Most of the time, spousal support is tax deductible by the payer and taxable to the recipient. However, after a man tried to deduct a payment based on an agreement with his wife, the U.S. Tax Court found that spousal support must be specifically mentioned in a legally binding divorce or separation agreement in order to be deductible

The man had been paid a bonus in 2006, and he and his spouse divorced the following year. The two signed an agreement about the portion of the bonus the man would pay his spouse. The agreement also specified that the bonus would be reported in full on his taxes. Later, a spousal support order specified that he would pay $3,270 monthly and a percentage of his income when he earned more than $12,500 in a month. However, the agreement did not make any reference to the split of the bonus.

Various ways to come to a child support agreement

It may be possible for an Ohio parent to negotiate a child support agreement without the need to go to court. In some cases, alternative dispute resolution methods are used to get both sides to come to a reasonable solution. It is also possible for parents to negotiate by themselves with or without the help of an attorney. Regardless of how an agreement is reached, it must be approved by a court to ensure that adequate support is provided.

If parents choose to use a collaborative law approach to resolving a child support dispute, they will work together with their attorneys to come to an agreement. A mediator may also help a couple work together to overcome their differences in a timely manner. However, there is no requirement for either side to actually reach an agreement, and there is no obligation to implement any suggestions offered by a mediator.

3 reasons why spousal support may be terminated

If you are in the midst of a divorce, there are many issues you will likely have to negotiate with your ex. Property division, custody if you have kids and housing arrangements are just a few. Spousal support is another important consideration that you should not neglect.

If your standard of living will change as a result of the divorce, you may be eligible for support, but the following actions can lead to a termination of support.

An alternative parenting arrangement in divorces

Ohio parents who are ending their marriage look for ways to lessen the stress of divorce on the minor children. As the term "best interests of the child" is the benchmark for a court's custody and visitation decision, the specific methods of how this goal is met is continuously evaluated.

Custodial arrangements change through time, parenting time schedules are modified and various methods are studied to determine their effect on the children. Judges, mediators, attorneys, conciliators and divorcing parents all seek, in their own way, to minimize the stress of a family that has become divided. To this end, lengthy holiday visitation schedules are sometimes created, parents are provided equal access to medical and school records and more equal parenting time is used.

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