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Compelling child support from illegally-earned income

If your former spouse agrees or is ordered to pay child support and he or she does not meet that obligation, the court will be more than willing to compel those child support payments and to possibly punish your former spouse for not making them as ordered. But if you and your spouse make an out-of-court child support agreement and he or she stops making payments, the court may not be on your side. This is especially true if your agreement contained any details that do not quite follow the letter of the law.

Danica Patrick announces divorce

Professional racer Danica Patrick recently announced plans to file for divorce from her husband, physical therapist Paul Hospenthal. Patrick announced the impending split on her Facebook page, but did not go into significant detail as to the couple's reason for ending their marriage.

Ohio women often face health insurance challenges after divorce

It has long been known that divorce frequently results in the loss of health insurance coverage for one or spouse, most often women, both in the short-term and for a significant length of time. Now, a new study has confirmed that belief, finding that more than 100,000 women in Columbus and around the country lose their health insurance coverage every year following divorce. Perhaps more importantly, many of those women remain uninsured two years after their split

Judge refuses to void Sanders prenuptial agreement

Last year, former professional football and baseball player Deion Sanders and his wife, Pilar, decided to divorce after 14 years of marriage. At first glance, it appeared that their divorce would be both easy and private, largely because the couple signed a prenuptial agreement prior to getting married. However, that does not appear to be the case.

Should Franklin County create a neutral custody exchange zone?

For parents who are struggling to recover from the emotional trauma and drama of a contentious divorce case and child custody battle, the prospect of having to interact with their child's other parent during custody exchanges can be daunting. As such, many Columbus parents seek methods of exchanging their children that carry as little face-to-face time with their ex-spouse as possible.

Seek court order before reducing alimony payments

In most aspects of family law, it is considered a positive when you and your spouse are able to reach an agreement regarding your divorce, child custody, child support, property division or the like. However, it is important to understand that, once your divorce decree or court order is signed by a judge, the decision making process is largely out of your hands.

Should your divorce team include a vocational expert?

If you are thinking about filing for divorce in Columbus, you are probably starting to research family law attorneys in order to find the right person to help guide you through the divorce process. But should you also be looking for other people to help you with specific aspects of the divorce process?

Keep anger out of your divorce proceedings

When you are going through the long, often-frustrating legal divorce process, it may be tempting to use that process to exact revenge on your soon-to-be ex-spouse. Depending upon the circumstances that led to your split, you may be harboring negative emotions such as anger, resentment and bitterness toward your spouse, and it may be intensely satisfying to channel those feelings through your family court motions.

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