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Divorce is not always what one expects it to be

Virtually everyone who has never gone through a divorce holds a set of preconceived notions about how the process will go, and what life will be like both during and after the matter is made final. Reality, however, rarely conforms to these ideas, and most people find that their divorce is far different from what they expected. In many cases, the realities of life after divorce are better than what either spouse imagined.

Can a divorce that is already in process be stopped?

Some Ohio couples may have second thoughts after filing for a divorce. It is only natural for many to wonder whether they should spend some more time trying to resolve their issues before proceeding with a divorce. However, the possibility of stopping a divorce depends on what the person who filed the original petition for divorce wants and how far proceedings have advanced. Similar to the requirements for filing for a divorce, the withdrawal of a divorce petition has legal requirements.

Are divorce statistics valuable to society as a whole?

When reading about the issue of divorce, many in Ohio are unaware of how divorce statistics are obtained. While both the beginning and the end of a marriage are matters of public record, not every state reports divorce statistics. In fact, an estimated 20 percent of the American population is excluded from this type of reporting. Those gaps are filled in the form of data collected by the United States Census Bureau. Some, however, suggest that the census should no longer ask respondents about marriage or divorce.

New Year's brings a spike in divorce filings

For Ohio divorce attorneys, the first few weeks of the year are a busy time. Many spouses have been considering divorce for quite some time, and were waiting to get through the holidays before taking action to end their marriage. This leads to a yearly spike in divorce filings as the year gets under way. It seems that moving beyond a broken union ranks at the top of the resolution list of many spouses.

What young spouses can learn during divorce

For many young people, falling in love is a powerful blow, one that can leave them with little capacity for logic or reason. It is easy to become so besotted with a new love that spending the rest of one's life with that person feels like not only the right thing to do, but the only conceivable choice. For many, this initial infatuation will fade, and it will become painfully clear that happily-every-after is not in the cards. In such cases, many Ohio residents will find themselves considering divorce before their 30th birthday.

Ohio couples with children can make healthy divorce decisions

It's commonplace for couples with children to worry that, if they divorce, they will damage their kids for a lifetime. Though divorce is a significant change for everyone, including minors, divorce doesn't have to result in emotional scarring. In fact, men and women in Ohio who choose to end their marriages can take precautions along the way to help their sons and daughters healthily deal with the process.

The benefits of a prenuptial agreement in case of divorce

Wedding plans typically follow the announcement of an Ohio couple's engagement, but rarely is there a discussion of what will happen in the event of a subsequent divorce. It may seem strange to have a discussion about divorce before the wedding, but couples may find that it is beneficial to have full and frank conversations about finances. In considering a prenuptial agreement, a couple must discuss certain financial issues that may affect a marriage. 

Divorce outcome has tax implications

When it comes to divorce proceedings, it is natural for some people to make rash decisions based on emotion. These decisions involve life-changing issues, including child custody and property division. However, when trying to reach a settlement during a divorce proceeding in Ohio, it is essential to remember that each decision may have an impact on income taxes. Specifically, the manner in which one decides to file will also have an impact how much taxes may be owed.

Spouse doesn't want to divorce? You still have options

Just like it takes two people to enter into a marriage, it takes two people to break one, right? Not necessarily. While it's understandable that some people in Ohio who are seeking a divorce may want out as quickly as possible, the ordeal can quickly become complicated if his or her spouse refuses to cooperate. Fortunately, it's still far from impossible.

Billion-dollar divorce to go through appeals

Readers in Ohio may have followed the recent divorce case between billionaire oil magnate Harold Hamm and his wife of 26 years, Sue Ann Hamm. The couple have made headlines over the vast fortune to be divided between the spouses, which promised to break records in regard to being one of the largest settlements in history. The divorce was recently decided by a court, and Sue Ann Hamm was awarded a mix of assets and cash vlaued at more than $1 billion. She plans to appeal that decision, however, and argues that the award is not indicative of a fair division of marital wealth.

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