Tips on Preparing For Military Divorce

Posted Date:January 4, 2016 | Categories:

Columbus Military Divorce
  1. Prepare yourself with the facts. First and foremost, try to separate yourself from the sheer emotion of the ending of your relationship and separate myth from fact. For example, unless your marriage lasts for the entire military career, the non-military member is not automatically entitled to half of the military member’s pension. The “marital share” of the retirement is portion of retirement that was acquired during the marriage and while in military service. The time clock starts with the wedding or the beginning of military service, whichever is later. Then the clock stops on the date of separation or divorce.
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The Rules of Taxes and Spousal Support

Posted Date:December 28, 2015

Taxes and Spousal Support

Understanding the tax implications of spousal and child support is important for anyone going through a divorce as either the payer or the payee.

If you pay spousal support – also known as alimony – you may deduct that payment from your taxable income. If you receive spousal support, you must report that on your taxes as taxable income. Because taxes are not withheld from the alimony payment you should consider how you plan to pay the taxes on this income. If this is your only income, consider filing quarterly tax payments to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

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Should I Get a Second Opinion from Another Attorney?

Posted Date:December 26, 2015 | Categories:

Second Opinion Family Law Attorney

If you feel as though your case could benefit from a second opinion, by all means, seek a second opinion from another attorney. But there are a few things you should be prepared with when seeking a second attorney opinion. If you seek a second opinion in a medical matter, you would naturally need to have your records and information available to the second physician in order for him or her to make an informed diagnosis. The same is true in an attorney second opinion. You will need to bring with you a complete copy of your file.  In addition you should prepare a chronology of your legal matter, and finally a list of your concerns that brought you to seek a second opinion.

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Tips to Prepare For Divorce Proceedings

Posted Date:December 22, 2015 | Categories:

Divorce Proceedings Ohio
  1. Be sure to choose an attorney who has a range of resources at his or her disposal to help you through the entire divorce process. This includes forensic accountants, psychologists, mediators, arbitrators, and private judges.
  1. If you have children, helping them through the divorce is of primary importance. There are many resources available to help explain what is happening in a way that does not end up damaging your children. Please do not manipulate your children or use them as tools against your soon-to-be ex. Let them keep their innocence as much as possible through this process.
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Binding Arbitration vs. Mediation

Posted Date:December 10, 2015 | Categories:

Binding Arbitration and Mediation Ohio

Mediation and Arbitration are two different processes, but share some similarities.

Binding arbitration is an alternative dispute resolution process in which an impartial third party listens to both sides of the divorce dispute and makes a decision that both parties must abide by.

Mediation, on the other hand, allows the spouses to negotiate with one another directly with the assistance of a mediator. In this instance, the spouses, with the help of the mediator, craft the terms of their divorce together, while the mediator guides that discussion. Unlike a judge or arbiter, the mediator does not have the power to make the agreement legally binding, but helps the couple negotiate with one another to come up with the terms of their divorce.

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Shared Parenting vs Sole Custody

Posted Date:November 19, 2015 | Categories:

Shared Parenting vs Sole Custody

In Ohio, joint custody of your children is known as shared parenting. Shared parenting is when both parents share equally custody, decision-making and parenting responsibilities for the minor children.

The court will review the proposed parenting plan, whether it is submitted jointly or if each spouse submits his or her own version of a parenting plan. A parenting plan is the parenting guidelines that parents agree to or the court orders. The parenting plan can include all the custody agreements and orders, parenting time, child support, tax exemptions, health insurance, and additional cost provisions. If you are divorcing and have children, you must have a parenting plan. The final custody decision will be made when the divorce decree is final.

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Why Should You Have a Prenuptial Agreement?

Posted Date:November 11, 2015 | Categories:

Prenuptial Agreement

Prenuptial agreements are not just for the rich and famous, and they are not an indication that you expect to get divorced before you and your future partner are even married. Prenuptial agreements are a financial document that essentially says, “here’s what I brought to the marriage as my separate property and separate debt.” The prenuptial agreement can also delineate what is mutual property, and clarify special agreements between you.

If you, or your intended partner, have significant retirements funds, real estate investments or ownership, or family inheritance, you should have a prenuptial agreement in place. Also, if either of you have children from a previous marriage or children you are responsible to provide support for, it is important that an up front understanding of how those children are to be cared for financially be clear as you enter the marriage.

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How Do I Establish Child Support

Posted Date:November 5, 2015 | Categories:

Establish Child Support

Both parents are responsible for the continued support of their child or children, regardless of their marital status or situation. Ohio has set guidelines to help determine the appropriate amount of support considering a number of elements.  Ohio Revised Code lists the guidelines by income and number of children.  There is also a worksheet included in the law, which might be of use to you as you calculate how much child support might be.

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International Adoption Procedures

Posted Date:November 4, 2015 | Categories:

International Adoption

International adoption is somewhat more complex than adopting a child domestically, but can certainly be a hand out of poverty to the child you welcome to your home and heart.

According to the U.S. Department of State’s website, these are the steps to adopt from a country that is a member of the Hague Adoption Convention (90 countries to date):

Generally, the Convention adoption process involves six central steps. You must complete these steps in the following order to meet U.S. legal requirements for Convention adoptions.

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8 Important Facts Adoptive Parents Should Know

Posted Date:November 2, 2015 | Categories:

Adoptive Parents
  1. Your child has suffered a serious loss.

For a child, losing his or her parents is the most traumatic loss they can endure. They need to be able to mourn that loss, grieve their parents, and only then will they be able to begin their bond with their new family. Be sure to talk to foster parents, orphanage directors, or even the child’s birth parents if possible to find out what his/her life was like in that home. Share what you know of your child’s parents, but not in a negative way.

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