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Husband's job status could be a factor in divorce

There are many reasons why the divorce rates in Ohio and across the nation have increased since the mid-1970s. In addition to changing social stigmas, many former spouses, particularly women, have been able to advance in their own careers. This makes leaving marriages that are failing much easier. However, according to a study, it was found that the husband's employment status was actually a major factor when it came to divorce.

The researcher found that the husband's employment status did not have an impact on divorce rates prior to 1975. It seemed that, even though more women were entering the workforce and pursuing careers, men were still considered to be responsible for financially providing for the family. When the stats were analyzed, men who were not employed full time had a 3.3 percent chance of getting divorced within the year, while men who were working full time had a 2.5 percent chance of getting divorced.

Study reports couples breaking up over politics

Ohio couples may be splitting up over politics at higher rates than in the past according to a survey by a polling firm. TIt found that around 10 percent of couples, both married and unmarried, broke up over political differences. Among millennials, the rate was even higher with 22 percent reporting that their relationship ended over politics.

The survey, which was carried out in April, also asked its 1,000 participants if they knew a couple whose relationship had been negatively affected by the election of President Trump, and 22 percent said yes. Almost one-quarter of people surveyed reported that since the election, they are disagreeing with their partner over politics more than in the past.

Things to avoid during a custody dispute

Ohio parents involved in custody disputes know that the process can be a highly emotional one. However, allowing emotions to drive the behavior and decision-making process can actually harm a parent's bid for custody. When emotions do take over, it is easy to make mistakes. It is important to remember the possible consequences of these mistakes and to attempt to not fall into making them.

Decision-making, for example, cannot be driven by emotions. Making clear and logical decisions in the best interest of the child can be tough during these moments, particularly when other family members and friends might put undue pressure on the parent. Another problem parents sometimes run into is sharing their information with the wrong person, who might be sharing them with the parent's ex, therefore weakening their bid for child custody.

Tips for telling the kids about divorce

Divorce is not an easy process, regardless of the reasons that the marriage is ending. Marriages end from simple things like arguing and fighting to more complicated issues like abuse and infidelity. When you separate your lives and determine that divorce is the right thing to do, the situation becomes increasingly emotional when you have children involved.

How you tell your children about the divorce makes a big difference in how they process and deal with the changes. While most kids will have some sort of struggle, you can limit the problems by handling the announcement correctly.

Blocking contact with children

Technology has simplified how noncustodial parents can stay in touch with their children, and Ohio courts have used the convenience it provides for situations in which parents reside too far away from their children to make regular in-person visitations practical. However, there can be situations in which custodial parents may want to prevent contact between their child and the other parent.

Noncustodial parents who are blocked from contacting their child by the custodial parent without a court approving the action may have legal recourse. Family courts are typically disinclined to do so unless there are mitigating circumstances, such as abuse or neglect. The courts will likely arrange phone call schedules or rules if a parent is being denied access by the other parent, or if there are disagreements about too many text messages, phone calls or video calls from the noncustodial parent.

Popular "Grey's Anatomy" star files for divorce

On April 24, news sources confirmed that popular actor and activist Jesse Williams has filed for divorce, and Ohio fans of the "Grey's Anatomy" star may want to know more. Based on information contained in court documents, Williams is seeking to terminate his wife's spousal support. He is also seeking joint legal and physical custody of their two youg children. It appears that the couple has not yet commented publicly on their reported split.

Williams was working as a teacher when he first met his future wife. The couple was married in September 2012 after dating for more than five years, and they later relocated to the West Coast. Sources say that the 35-year-old actor and his wife, who is a real estate broker, were last publicly photographed together in December 2015.

How to handle child custody disputes

Ohio estranged parents who are going through a child custody battle should have an effective course of action before they go to court. Being represented by a qualified attorney who practices family law and spending enough time to fully understand the child custody laws in their state are essential steps that should be taken.

Parents should never assume that the family court judge will take their side over the other parent. The only purpose of the court is to see to the best interests of the child. Parents may be able to improve their custody case by concentrating on showing that they also prioritize the well-being of their child.

Child support for emancipated children in Ohio

Children are considered to be emancipated when they reach the age of majority. In Ohio, the age of majority is 18, but it is 21 in some states. At the point that a child is emancipated, their parents are no longer required to provide support for them. In some cases, a child may choose to become emancipated before they reach the age of majority.

There are several ways and reasons that a child may decide to emancipate. Some of the most common reasons include the decision to join the military or get married. Children may also emancipate if they are able to provide for themselves financially without the assistance of a parent. However, so long as a child is in a parent's custody, they are not able to emancipate.

Who pays for college tuition in an Ohio divorce?

Navigating the terms of an Ohio divorce is difficult enough. Now that your children have received their college acceptance letters, there may be another factor you have to worry about as you work out your divorce. Who will have to pay for the tuition? How much and for how long? You need to review Ohio law concerning post-secondary education costs so you can include this financial aspect in your divorce order.

 

Getting an equitable division with a QDRO

When an Ohio couple decides to divorce, several professionals like attorneys, mediators, therapists and accountants may be needed. One specialist that people might not know about is a certified divorce financial analyst, and this financial adviser could be necessary when a couple must divide retirement accounts with a Qualified Domestic Relations Order.

Financial analysts work on these types of family law matters to help figure out the possible financial ramifications of dissolving a marriage. A CDFA might check a QDRO for taxes and fees that will result from the order. This is important because courts and attorneys understandably focus on the legal aspects of a divorce and may not be aware of all the financial burdens that could come with a QDRO. A couple may need to consider the taxes and penalties that could apply to retirement accounts as the amount in an account may not be the sum one receives after fees.

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