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May 2012 Archives

Enjoy your stay at the "Divorce Hotel"

In recent years, mediation and other methods of alternative dispute resolution have grown increasingly popular among divorcing couples and family law attorneys in Columbus and throughout the country. This is because mediation often saves a couple time and money, and allows them to resolve the issues of their divorce while still maintaining the cooperative relationship that is essential for raising children together after a split.

Dealing with custody and parenting time in the summer months

In the next few weeks, the school year will end and students throughout Ohio will welcome summer vacation with open arms. But while children love the freedom and fun of summer, the break can pose a whole host of logistical problems for parents who have to find child care and activities for their kids during the summer months.

How to keep grandparents in the picture after a divorce

If you have just gone through a bitter, frustrating divorce, your former spouse's parents and other relatives are probably pretty low on your priority list. However, it is important to recognize that while you no longer have any familial ties to your former in-laws, they are still your children's grandparents. As such, maintaining a good relationship with them after divorce will probably benefit your kids and your family as a whole. Of course, this is easier said than done.

Multiple deployments increases likelihood of military divorce

A divorce is often the product of a stressful situation that simply proved too difficult for the marriage to withstand. It is no wonder, then, that members of the military are now experiencing divorce at higher rates than civilians. Recently, studies have indicated that service men and women who are deployed multiple times may be at an even higher risk of divorce than those who only serve one tour of duty overseas.

Modifying parenting time for extracurricular activities

In our last Columbus family law blog post, we wrote that divorcing parents should keep the future in mind when crafting their child custody and parenting time agreements, planning for the stages of their children's lives and the changes that are inherent in each. In the alternative, we suggested renegotiating those agreements every few years as family situations change.

Planning for the future after divorce

When divorcing couples work out their divorce agreement, either through settlement negotiation, mediation or another method, they often only include information that pertains to the here-and-now. For example, if they have a toddler, they may plan for pre-school, but they likely are not including details about high school and college in their future financial plans.

The loose relationship between child support and visitation

It only seems fair: if you are making your court-ordered child support payments and complying with all other facets of your Columbus family court order, your former spouse should comply as well, especially when this includes allowing you to have your court-ordered custody and visitation rights. Unfortunately, it doesn't always work out that way.

The host of 'The Bachelor' files for divorce

According to media reports, Chris Harrison, the host of the long-running reality television show "The Bachelor" has filed for divorce from his wife, Gwen Jones. The couple was married for 18 years and has two children together, ages 7 and 9.

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