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December 2012 Archives

Proposed change will make it easier to get credit in divorce

In 2009, the U.S. Congress passed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure, or CARD, Act. The goal of the law was to prevent consumers, particularly vulnerable college students, from being able to take out a large number of credit cards that they were not truly qualified for. Specifically, the law aimed to prevent college students from racking up large amounts of credit card debt that they (and their families) could not pay, and significantly damaging their credit scores in the process.

Sesame Street educates, empathizes with children of divorce

For Columbus parents who are going through a divorce, one of the most frequent worries is not money or debt, telling friends about the split or starting over with new relationships. It is the possible effects of the divorce on the children and how those effects can be minimized. Now, parents have a new tool for this difficult and important task.

Are you divorcing a narcissist?

Every divorce is difficult in some way. But when certain circumstances or qualities exist within the family situation or either divorcing spouse, the case can become exponentially more lengthy, complex and stressful. One such quality is narcissism. This term is often thrown around to describe someone who is self-absorbed and self-involved, but many people who use it are unaware that it refers to a diagnosable psychological disorder.

Study: sharing housework duties does not lower divorce risk

In recent months, there have been many studies on the division of labor at home and how it affects marriage and divorce rate, with varying results. As such, it is probably a good idea to take all of those studies with a grain of salt.

Unique parenting time agreements are on the rise in Columbus

In previous years, most children of divorce split their time between their parents in this manner: living with mom during the week, and going to dad's house every other weekend. But as the average parent-child relationship grows closer, and as fathers seek and take a more active role in their children's upbringing, that is no longer the norm. Now, parents in Ohio and across the country are crafting creative parenting time agreements based on what works best for their children and their family as a whole.

Judge orders man not to have children until he can support them

Family law is unlike many other areas of law in one significant aspect. In criminal justice or civil law, for example, judges and juries are bound by legislation that lays out sentencing guidelines and damage caps, and are often unable to devise more unique, individualized sentences and orders. In family law, however, every case is so different that there is no way to create standardized solutions, leaving Ohio family court judges (and often the parties involved) the freedom to devise creative solutions that are best for the family and the situation at hand.

Why is the Kim Kardashian divorce still not final?

Although it was well over a year ago that Kim Kardashian announced her intention to divorce her husband of just 72 days, the couple still remains married today, and many are wondering why. The couple had a prenuptial agreement, they do not have any children together and they simply weren't married long enough for any additional issues to come about. So why is their divorce still not final?

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