Whether you are currently filing for divorce or you are simply considering terminating your marriage, there are many things to consider, especially when there are children involved. One of the most important plans included in your divorce settlement is your child custody arrangement. Children who are forced to go through a divorce and deal with their parents separating may have difficulties when it comes to adjusting to this big change in life. Yet, you may be able to minimize the overwhelming feelings by creating a solid parenting plan.
Let us say that as an LGTB couple, you and your partner have made the decision to raise a child. Research shows you are among an estimated two million same-sex couples interested in adopting.
If you and your spouse have decided to go your separate ways, you might also want to consider separating your bank accounts and other assets before the divorce.
When you exchange your marital vows, ‘till death do us part,’ you definitely do not see a divorce in the future. Yet, more than half of all marriages end in divorce, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Terminating a marriage can be extremely emotional and it may be overwhelming to make difficult decisions during this hard time. One of the most difficult tasks to tackle is dividing marital property, or the property and assets that were amassed during the course of the marriage. During the divorce, both parties are required to disclose all property and assets that were accumulated throughout the marriage. Yet, in some cases, spouses may be tempted to hide property in order to keep it solely to themselves once the divorce is finalized.
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?
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.
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.