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Why are more grandparents raising their grandchildren?

As we have discussed in other posts on this blog, grandparents who raise their grandchildren face numerous unique challenges, ranging from the physical to the emotional. If you are one of the many Ohio grandparents with renewed parenting responsibilities, you know that your work is cut out for you. The years to come may be challenging, frustrating and discouraging, but they can also be rewarding if you have the right support system and assistance.

The Conversation points out that today, about 2.9 million grandparents across the United States have primary custody of their grandchildren. You might wonder why this is. The following circumstances are common reasons grandparents are becoming responsible for the upbringing of their grandchildren:

  • One or both parents are deceased.
  • Parents are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction and may be incarcerated.
  • The children may have been abused or neglected by their parents or caregivers.
  • The parents may be experiencing temporary or long-term financial difficulties and cannot afford to take care of the children.

Maintaining Tricare coverage following your divorce

As a military spouse, you know firsthand of the stress that comes with frequent relocations, deployments and others issues that your spouse's affiliation forces your family to deal with. The benefits provided by the military help to ease some of that burden. Now, as you prepare for your divorce, you may be rightly concerned about how such an action will impact yours and your children's eligibility for such benefits. One of the main advantages offered to military families (and one of the most difficult to quickly replace) is insurance coverage through Tricare. The potential for continued access to such coverage is often the first question many in your same position ask when they come to us here at The Law Office of Kristen L. Campbell, LLC. 

The good news is that your kids will remain covered by Tricare until they reach the age of majority. That coverage can continue even after they reach the age of 18 in certain situations (such as going off to college). Yet what about you? Securing employment through which you can receive group health plan coverage can be difficult immediately following your divorce. 

Escaping domestic violence can be complicated

At the Law Office of Kristen L. Campbell, LLC, we understand that it can be difficult for anyone to file for divorce, regardless of the circumstances. For Ohio residents who are trapped in abusive marriages, their situations may seem hopeless. You should understand that although it may be hard to leave your abuser, it is possible with the right support system and an escape plan.

As you may know, abusers use a variety of tactics to keep their partners under their control. Your spouse may threaten to harm you, your children or your pets. You may have had emotional tactics used against you, such as isolation, belittling, gaslighting and manipulation. You may believe your spouse will harm you if you attempt to leave, or that you may not be able to make it on your own. The National Domestic Violence Hotline recommends abuse victims have an escape plan, so they may reduce their risk of harm and gain tools to help them succeed. An escape plan may include the following:

  • Gaining job skills or education
  • Saving up emergency cash in a secure place the abuser isn’t aware of
  • Enlisting help from trusted family members and friends
  • Knowing the locations and phone numbers of domestic violence shelters
  • Gathering evidence of abuse, such as photos of injuries and screenshots of abusive text messages

A move to Indiana would mean custody agreement modification

Perhaps you have been a Hamilton County resident all your life. You were married here and you were also divorced here, but you spend as much time as possible with your son.

You love taking your nine-year-old to Reds games, but that activity will have to end. You have been offered a great job in Indianapolis, and the next step is child custody agreement modification.

Will you pay manimony when you divorce?

If your profession or job earns you a high income in Ohio, it may shock you to discover that you are at risk for paying your husband spousal support when you divorce. As explains, manimony, the newly coined nickname for spousal support paid by an ex-wife to an ex-husband, represents a growing trend across the country.

Today, only about 20 percent of ex-husbands receive spousal support payments from their ex-wives. However, as the workforce continues to employ more and more women in management and entrepreneurial positions, many women, possibly including you, find themselves in the position of earning more than their husbands.

What is the acceptance of benefits doctrine?

As you begin your Ohio divorce process, you likely are caught up in all the things a divorce entails, particularly your custody and parenting time agreement and your property settlement agreement. With regard to the latter, make sure you understand exactly what you are signing. It may be difficult to modify it in the future.

Per the acceptance of benefits doctrine, you cannot later challenge a court judgment once you receive benefit from it. The Texas Supreme Court recently addressed this legal doctrine in the case of Kramer v. Kastleman

Mediated vs. collaborative divorce: What’s the difference?

If your Ohio marriage appears on the verge of breaking up, you likely dread the prospect of a lengthy, expensive and acrimonious litigated divorce. However, you and your spouse have two additional options: a mediated divorce and a collaborative divorce. Both are out-of-court processes whereby you and your spouse negotiate together to resolve your own differences rather than leaving it up to a judge to determine how you will live your respective post-divorce lives.

While similar in nature, Greenbush Financial points out that mediation and collaboration are two separate processes with a few distinct differences.

How do Ohio courts divide marital debt?

As you face your Ohio divorce, probably one of your main concerns is how the court will divide the marital assets you and your spouse have accumulated during your marriage. But have you ever thought about the fact that your marital debts likewise must be divided between you?

As the Ohio State Bar Association explains, Ohio is an equitable distribution state, meaning that, by law, your marital assets must be divided between the two of you in a fair and equitable manner. Surprisingly, however, Ohio has no specific law with regard to splitting up marital debt. Consequently, if you and your spouse cannot agree on which of you will pay which debts, the court will decide for you. Courts usually do this in one of the four following ways:

  1. Divide your debts equally between you
  2. Divide your debts in proportion to your respective incomes
  3. Divide your debts according to whose name the debts are in
  4. Divide your debts according to which of you incurred them

Tips for being the best stepparent you can be

Becoming a stepparent is a monumental life event. The bond you have with your stepchild is unique. It can be beautiful, difficult, heartwrenching and encouraging all at once. 

Being a stepparent is truly a journey with many ups, downs, mistakes and surprises. If you are brand new to having a stepchild, it may feel overwhelming. Here are some guidelines for being the best stepparent you can be. 

Is your spouse committing financial fraud?

As you face your impending Ohio divorce, you may have the uneasy feeling that your spouse is up to something. Specifically, you may suspect that (s)he is attempting to hide marital assets so as to obtain an advantage when it comes time to divide your marital property by way of a property settlement agreement.

As reported by the Huffington Post, hiding assets represents a form of financial fraud that, sadly, many greedy and/or vindictive spouses engage in.

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