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Butler County Divorce Law Blog

What alternatives to monthly alimony payments exist?

Many couples that set out to get divorced here in Ohio often think the hardest part about seeking a dissolution of their marriage is simply realizing that their marriage is irretrievably broken and that splitting up is in their best interest. If you ask any couple that's been through the divorce process though what's the hardest part about getting divorced, they'll readily tell you that it's reaching an agreement about what do do with their money and how to handle things like alimony.

The amount of money that someone makes isn't guaranteed. One can be laid off from work or become sick. A natural disaster like a flood or tornado may also occur. These are some of the many factors that prospective paying spouses fear will happen if they end up agreeing to make monthly alimony payments.

The value that you can add to your grandchild's life

If you ever take time and speak with an adult who was fortunate enough to have a close relationship with their grandparent, they'll likely tell you about the many wonderful pieces of wisdom that they learned from their grandparents while growing up. Grandmothers and grandfathers have an important role to play in helping their grandchildren develop into productive adults. There's so much that you can teach them.

One important thing that grandparents can teach their grandkids is manners. You can encourage them to use those "magic" words like "please" and "thank you" when asking for or receiving items. You can also teach them how to hold doors for others, to help those in need and other courteous things that they can do for those around them. You can also teach them how to set the table and have them do that each time before you sit down for a meal.

How should my ex and I divide up family photos when we divorce?

Most people take pictures using their phones or some other type of digital camera nowadays. It, therefore, may seem a bit odd for one to ask what happens with their photographs once a couple decides to divorce. It's not too strange of a question though, considering how it's likely that those photographs are saved on a spouse's actual phone, tablet, computer or in a cloud-based account. Inventorying and arranging for the dividing up of these marital assets may take some negotiation.

Many people who print pictures delete them after they do so. Others leave them on their piece of technology. The fact that there are no negatives to make reprints of or that you don't have access to the device where the photographs are stored can complicate things.

Do you know how to dress in court for your custody hearing?

If you have an upcoming child custody hearing, you likely are nervous about just what that entails. Now is a good time to consult with your Hamilton child custody attorney about any concerns that you have.

But one sure thing that you can do to make a good impression on the family law court judge is to dress appropriately for court. If you are unsure what that may be, the following tips can help you get off on the right foot with the court at your next custody hearing.

Why requesting visitation with your grandkids may not be ideal

If you're particularly close to your grandchildren, then you may find it particularly hard to come to terms with the thought of not being able to spend time with them if some type of family dispute happens. This doesn't have to be the end of things though. In states like Ohio, grandparents do have rights to see their grandchildren. It's up to you to carefully weigh the pros and cons of pursuing legal action to get to see them though.

Family strife can be quite detrimental to the development of a child. It can create a sense of abandonment for your grandchild if they're dragged in and out of court for custody battles. If you request visitation with them, then you may do more harm to them than good.

Study: A woman's job promotion makes them more apt to divorce

A researcher at Stockholm University recently published a paper in which she highlighted how women who land big job promotions are more likely to get divorced than their male counterparts. The lead researcher of the study presented various reasons why this is the case.

The study's authors interviewed various women and men employed by private sector employers as part of their research. All of the interviewees worked for companies with 100 or more workers. The researchers found that married women who assumed chief executive officer (CEO) roles had twice the divorce rates of their male colleagues who received similar promotions three years out.

What becomes of your art if you divorce in Ohio?

The word artist is used to describe individuals who are musicians, screenwriters, painters and other creative-types nowadays. Many individuals who perform this type of work see what they do as a passion. They treat their work as if it were their baby, keeping a close eye on it up until they sign with a record company or sell it to a music studio or an art collector. If you're an artist then you may be wondering what happens if you get divorced before any of this happens. What does may disappoint you.

Your artwork is treated like any other asset when you get divorced here in Ohio. Any pieces that you completed before your marriage is almost always yours to keep as separate property. Anything that you produce after you get married is generally seen as belonging to both you and your spouse, even if you worked on it all alone.

Is my military pension in jeopardy if I divorce here in Ohio?

As a service member, you have likely spent significant time overseas on deployment and in other stressful situations protecting the safety of our country at home and abroad. You probably feel like you more than earned your pension. You wouldn't want to do anything to have that taken away from you. If you're facing a divorce, then your right to your military retirement may be in jeopardy though.

The federal government calls the shots on most things that are military-related. This isn't the case with a divorce though. Divorce is almost completely a state matter. Here in Ohio, how a pension gets split up between two Hamilton spouses is completely up to the couple to decide. If they're unable to reach an agreement, then a family law judge will make such a determination for them.

Your position as stepparent affects custody and support issues

As a stepparent, you don't have a biological connection to the children of your spouse. However, that doesn't mean that you haven't developed a meaningful, important bond with them. That bond may persist even in situations where your relationship with your spouse begins to deteriorate.

If you find yourself facing a potential divorce as a stepparent, it is normal to wonder what rights and obligations you may have stemming from your relationship with the stepchildren. Under Ohio law, in most cases, both the rights and obligations of stepparents are minimal. Understanding how the state views your relationship with the children can help you make decisions regarding your divorce strategy and custody issues.

How is property divided among divorcing spouses in Ohio?

If there's one factor that holds up divorce negotiations, then property division is at the top of the list. Couples often fight over whether certain valuable items are considered as marital property. Hamilton judges take into account various factors when dividing up spouses' assets.

Ohio is an equitable distribution state. This means that judges assume that both spouses contributed equally to acquiring any marital property that they own.

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