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Peaceful co-parenting after divorce

If you are going through a bitter, frustrating divorce, it may be difficult to foresee a time when you and your ex-spouse will ever be able to be in the same room without screaming at one another, let alone be able to cooperate and work together in the parenting of your children.

Panel approves standardized laws for military child custody

Last week, an influential legal panel approved a piece of legislation that aims to standardize state laws on military child custody and visitation, making it for both parents and family courts to adjudicate custody issues involving military service members. The legislation will not automatically be made into law, however, but is merely a recommendation that Ohio and every other state must decide whether to follow.

How do Ohio judges determine custody of a pet?

If you are like many of our Columbus pet owners, you probably consider your dog or cat to be a member of your family. As such, the custody and care of your beloved pet can easily become one of the most hotly contested issues in your divorce or dissolution case. But under Ohio family laws, pets are generally considered to be personal property, more akin to a piece of furniture than to a child. This means that, unlike other areas of family law, there are no specific rules or guidelines dictating which spouse will get the pet and how he or she must care for it.

Knowledge, not wealth, more important for post-divorce finances

Earlier this month, we wrote about a new study which reportedly found that women are more likely to file for divorce than men, despite the fact that women generally face more financial problems than their ex-husbands in the wake of a split. But according to a new study, those difficulties are not universal. The majority of high-income women believe that they have benefitted financially from their divorces.

Business executives make up divorce 'top ten'

Last week, many of our Columbus blog readers were surprised by the news that actors Katie Holmes had filed for divorce from Tom Cruise after five years of marriage. Since then, there has been endless speculation in the entertainment news media about child custody, spousal support, property division and the couple's prenuptial agreement, under the terms of which Holmes will reportedly receive $15 million.

Study: Ohio women more likely than men to initiate divorce

For many years, the common stereotype has been that it is husbands who suddenly decide to leave their wives and children and file for divorce. But according to a new family law study, that is not quite the case. In fact, the study found, women are more likely than men to start the divorce process, leaving men surprised and caught off-guard.

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