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Can I include Whiskers in my prenup?

For many residents of Ohio and elsewhere, pets are more than just property – they are members of the family. Traditionally, dogs, cats and other animals are treated like marital property during a divorce. However, deciding which spouse should get the family pet can be a much more emotional and contentious issue than splitting ownership of the house and cars. Can you do anything that may protect your relationship with your beloved pet if your marriage fails?

According to ABC News, pet prenups are becoming more common. Like other prenuptial agreements, the pet prenup – or post-nup – is an agreement you and your spouse would make before you get married, or after you are married and obtain a pet together. This type of agreement could help you both avoid a nasty custody battle over your beloved animal or a judge making a decision that is not necessarily in the pet’s best interest.

How do children of different ages react to parents' divorce?

Because every family is different, divorce affects each family, and each member of the family, differently. If you are an Ohio parent involved in divorcing your spouse, you may have questions as to how your children will react to the divorce. 

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, there are many factors that influence a child's reaction to parents' divorce. Among these factors are the temperament of the child, the parents' ability to address the child's feelings and meet their needs as well as the psychosocial function of parents and children alike before and after the separation

What is parental alienation syndrome?

Like many Ohio single parents, you might not get along well with your ex. There is a difference, however, between not getting along and alienating the children from the other parent’s life. Sadly, the latter is a far too common scenario.

Psychology Today defines parental alienation syndrome as the deliberate efforts of one parent to turn the kids against the other parent. If your ex-spouse is engaging in this behavior, he or she might use the following tactics on your children:

  • Painting a bad picture about you to the children by making false accusations and negative comments and placing blame on you for everything
  • Trying to pit other family members and friends against you and manipulate them to take his or her side
  • Sabotaging your parenting time with the children

Can your Facebook posts impact your divorce settlement?

When your marriage is ending, it can seem as natural as confiding in a friend to post about the impending divorce on social media. After all, social media has become a prevalent part of the lives of Ohio residents and others across the country. It is how you keep in touch with your loved ones, so of course you would want to talk about a significant life event like a divorce on your social media platforms. While it may be tempting to change your relationship status on Facebook and post some self-affirming quotes and newly-single selfies, you might want to think twice before announcing your breakup online – at least before the divorce is finalized.

Prevention advises against oversharing on social media for numerous reasons, many of which could affect the outcome of your divorce. The following examples may explain further:

  • Your spouse’s attorney could use your social media posts, such as photos of expensive purchases or selfies at a party, as evidence that could negatively impact your child custody or property division judgements.
  • You may later regret an accusatory post or public argument you get into with your ex on Facebook that your entire friends list can see.
  • If you are looking for a new job, a hiring manager might see posts related to your divorce and decide against hiring you.

How military divorce differs from civilian divorces

If you are a military spouse facing a divorce, you should know how your particular situation differs from a regular civilian divorce. The fact you are in the military or are a military spouse means there are special factors you face when going through the divorce process.

Understanding the circumstances particular to a military divorce is one of the critical first steps you should take when considering a military divorce, or if you find yourself already facing one. Once you know how to face these differences, you will be better equipped to make effective decisions for your post-divorce future.

How mediation can help you achieve joint custody

At the Law Office of Kristen L. Campbell, LLC, in Ohio, we find that growing numbers of divorcing couples today prefer mediation to litigation. One of the biggest reasons for this preference is that mediation offers couples a far more amicable way to divorce. Another big reason is that mediation allows a couple numerous options to arrive at customized negotiated solutions that precisely fit their own situation.

If you and your spouse have children, another advantage of mediation is that the two of you can devise your own post-divorce joint custody arrangement and parenting plan. Over the years, parents, child psychologists, family law judges and divorce attorneys alike have all come to view joint custody as the preferred arrangement because it benefits the children in so many ways.

What is gray divorce?

If you have been married for decades and are past the age of 50 years old, you may think that you are safe from a divorce. A study conducted by Bowling Green University found a rise in the number of people who are filing for divorce over the age of 50. The trend is known as gray divorce, and it has grown significantly over the years. The Census Bureau’s American Community Survey reports that while 2.8 percent of Americans over the age of 50 filed for divorce 50 years ago, 11.8 percent filed in 2000 and 15.4 percent were divorce in 2011. The divorce rate in people over the age of 50 jumped from one in ten in 1990 to one in four in 2011.

There are several reasons why you may be more likely to file for a divorce once you hit this prime age. People are more likely to file for divorce once their children have left the home. Unhappy couples may stay together in order to raise the kids, and once the kids are gone, they can separate and live new lives. This is also true for people who retire. Spending time consumed in your career may have made your marriage more bearable. Once retirement hits, people may not want to spend time together, having lost interest in the relationship. Since people are living longer after retirement, they may separate from an unhappy marriage in order to find happiness.

How do grandparents obtain visitation?

If you are an Ohio grandparent, your relationship with your grandchild(ren) likely is one of the highlights of your life. Unfortunately, however, should your grandchild’s parents divorce, you may encounter difficulty obtaining visitation rights to him or her.

As explains, the Ohio Supreme Court declared back in 1994 that “grandparents have no constitutional right of association with grandchildren.” What this means is that should you wish to pursue legal avenues by which to obtain visitation with your grandchild(ren), you must do so according to Ohio statute.

Ohio residency requirements for divorce

Divorce is complicated enough, but for military families, who may hail from one state, got married in a second state, own property in a third state and live in a fourth state, obtaining an Ohio divorce may prove to be especially complex. This is because they must decide where to file and, more importantly, determine if they meet a state's residency requirements.

According to Section 3105.62 of Ohio Laws and Rules, a couple must live in Ohio for at least six months before the courts will even allow them to file a petition for divorce. Parties must file for divorce in the proper county for commencement of actions in accordance with the rules of civil procedure. Typically, the proper county is the county in which the couple resides.

Give careful consideration to stepparent adoption plans

If you are considering adopting your stepchild, the outcome could be absolutely wonderful or intensely problematic. No matter how it works out, you would be making a lifetime commitment.

There are various reasons for adopting a stepchild, but you should be aware of the possible difficulties as well as the benefits before you act.

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