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Can you divorce without going to trial?

Divorce is still a common part of life for many married couples in Ohio. Cambridge has the highest divorce rate in the state, with 1,954 divorcees residing in the city. 

Divorcing a spouse is incredibly stressful. This holds especially true when you consider that many couples end up spending months in a courtroom hashing out the finer details of the separation. However, couples in Ohio have the option of avoiding a drawn-out trial as long as they can reach agreements independently. 

Why has gray divorce increased in recent years?

Gray divorce refers to when couples over the age of 50 decide to separate. While most people in society still believe that divorce is for the young, an increasing number of older couples have decided to call it quits. In fact, the rate of gray divorce has doubled since 1990.

Any couples who wish to separate need to pursue legal assistance to ensure everything is correct. However, it can also be insightful to learn more about why older couples have decided to separate. It may help you better understand your marriage or better see why your friends have decided to separate later in life.

How can the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act help you?

If you're an active member of the United States Armed Forces, and your spouse has recently served you with divorce papers, then you should know that you have additional rights that civilians do not when they're faced with the same situation. You are covered by the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA).

The SCRA is a federal law that aims to protect active duty military members' legal rights. It can be invoked by soldiers if their armed forces' obligations keep them from responding to the divorce petition that is served on them within the standard, allowable response time frame.

Including all marital property in a divorce settlement

Filing for divorce in Ohio is often a complicated process. In addition to determining child custody, filling out paperwork and creating visitation schedules, you are forced to divide all of the property and possessions that you have accumulated throughout your marriage. Negotiating the issue of property division can be emotional and somewhat overwhelming, as you must part with items you have grown attached to over the years. Yet, it is important to make sure you include all of your property in the settlement to make sure you receive everything you are entitled to in the divorce. 

While marital property includes the family vehicles, home and bank accounts, it also includes other, less commonly thought of items. These consist of the following:

What information do grandparents need?

When you have custody of your grandchildren in Ohio, you may want to focus on raising the kids. However, you may not always think about some of the basics of having kids in the house. As you parent your grandchildren, it is important to make sure you have all of the relevant information.

When you take care of your grandchildren, you may sometimes forget that other people in the children's lives need to know about this change. The American Association of Retired Persons says it is a good idea to talk to teachers so they know the children have new caretakers. Teachers can help you understand how the kids are doing in school, as well as their extracurricular activities. You may also want to speak to pediatricians and other medical professionals so you know important details about your grandchildren's health. Sometimes social workers may play a role in children's lives and it is important to make sure these people know about the new custody situation.

How can military parents handle custody?

Parents in Ohio who are getting a divorce already have to deal with matters of child custody. Unfortunately, one or both parents being members of the military can make this situation even more complicated. We at the Law Office of Kristen L. Campbell, LLC, are here today to discuss how custody situations can be arranged with parents in the military.

Of course, if you're in the military, it's important to get relocation provisions. Being an active duty service member is one of the valid reasons for moving after a divorce while keeping child custody or visitation privileges. However, there are some situations in which you may be moving too far away or to too dangerous a location to make actual in-person visits.

How divorce mediation works

When married couples in Ohio decide to get divorced, there are plenty of tools at their disposal that can be used to get through the split with as little hassle as possible. One of the potential tools that can be utilized are divorce mediators.

Divorce mediation is defined by Encyclopedia.com as a process in which a neutral third party helps two other parties work through their disagreements to reach a conclusion everyone can benefit from. A common misconception is that divorce mediators are attempting to keep couples together even if they have both decided that divorce is their preferred option, but that isn't true. They are simply there to smooth over bumps in the divorce process, such as arguments that occur over child custody terms or alimony payments.

How to know if stepparent adoption is right for your family

Marrying someone who has children from a previous relationship can be both rewarding and challenging. As time goes on, you may start considering adopting your stepchildren, or perhaps that was always your intention, even before the wedding.

While it is a noble desire, stepparent adoption is not right for every situation. Here are some ways to tell if it is a good choice for your family.

3 unique topics to address in your parenting plan

Co-parenting in a post-divorce family tends to require overcoming certain obstacles. Accordingly, you must work collaboratively with your ex-spouse to ensure your children have what they need to grow up successfully. Having a well-written parenting plan is often a wise approach. 

In the United States, more than 30% of children live in a non-traditional family. Co-parents often rely on parenting plans to make their post-divorce families effective. As you may know, most parenting plans address custody, visitation schedules, medical care, schooling and other broad topics. There are some unique subjects you may want to cover as well, though. Here are three of them: 

How is property divided equitably?

Divorcing couples should know that Ohio is not a community property state. Because of that, property is not necessarily split down the middle. Instead, the courts will divide your jointly owned property in a way that is equitable and fair, even if it might not be even.

FindLaw explains that in order to decide what would be equitable property division for any given couple, the court looks at a number of determining factors before coming to a conclusion. This includes information related to you as an individual, to your spouse as an individual, and to both of you together as a couple.

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