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Saturday, June 13, 2015

My Spouse Is Cheating. Am I Entitled To More Money If I Get Divorced?

Ohio is a no-fault divorce state.  No-fault divorce means that the reason for the parties divorce does not have any bearing on how marital assets will be divided.   In Ohio, an equitable division state, marital property is presumed to be divided equally.  However, if a cheating spouse has used marital assets to support the extra-marital relationship, the funds used can be taken into account in dividing assets.    Also, if a Wife acquires credit card debt (regardless of how it is titled) to further the affair, such as taking a trip to Las Vegas with her boyfriend, the debt may be given entirely to the Wife instead of divided between the parties.
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Our Family Wizard

A great way to with communication after divorce is Our Family Wizard; the site has tools to better manage your child custody situation and improve communications – even with high-conflict ex-spouses.

Online Collaboration

Communication post-divorce is exceedingly difficult, if not impossible.  The Our Family Wizard tools work to improve communications during high-conflict, post-divorce child custody related issues.  It’s a safe, simple, and effective option when phone, face-to-face, and email direct contact just fails time and again.  The Our Family Wizard website facilitates the sharing of child custody related information, scheduling, and other essential contact matters.
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

“Dissolutionment” In Ohio

I am often asked about getting a “dissolutionment” in Ohio as a way of ending a marriage.  Legally, parties who want to end their marriage and agree on everything can get a Dissolution, or dissolve the marriage by entering into a separation agreement, petitioning the court to adopt the agreement, and attending a hearing.   Dissolutions are generally the cheapest, quickest way to end a marriage.   All issues must be agreed upon at the time the parties file the separation agreement with the court.    The parties must agree on all of the following:

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Monday, May 13, 2013

How To Get An Annulment In Ohio

Annulment is one of the three ways to end a marriage in Ohio.  Technically, the marriage does not end when a marriage is annulled, the marriage is voided.  A void marriage is a marriage that never happened.   Since the marriage never happened, the court does not divide property and there is no spousal support or alimony.  An annulment DOES NOT make the children of the parties illegitimate, and it DOES NOT negate the presumption of paternity.
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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Practical Tips And Pitfalls In Handling Conversions Of Military Retirement Pay To VA Disability In The Divorce Context

John Fischer, Esq. and I recently had the honor of being asked to draft an article for the American Bar Association’s Family Law Section, Military Committee on the interplay between military pension division and Veteran’s Administration Disability benefits when parties divorce.  Below is a draft of the article that will appear in a special edition of the Committee’s award winning publication, Rollcall in the Spring of 2013. 

Imagine this all-too-common scenario:  Colonel and Mrs. Smith are divorcing after 25 years of marriage.
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