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How estate planning factors into an Ohio divorce

For those in Ohio who are preparing to end their marriage, the issue of estate planning is often not a primary concern. However, divorce is one of life’s major events, and marks a shift in the structure of a family. Failing to address this shift within one’s existing estate plan is a mistake, one that can have serious negative ramifications.

Can divorce spread faster than the common cold?

A great deal of social science research focuses on the intricacies of marriage and divorce; the myriad ways that we connect and disconnect with one another. A recent study examines the links between the divorce experiences of an individual’s friends and the influence that those experiences might have on one’s own marriage. The results suggest that divorce may in fact be “catching” and that people in Ohio and elsewhere who know someone who has gone through divorce are 75 percent more likely to end their own marriage.

Divorce can fundamentally alter one's retirement plans

As an Ohio resident moves closer to retirement, he or she often takes a greater interest in the financial planning that has been put into place to support retirement goals. This is the time to fine-tune one’s investments, consider Social Security strategies and create a budget for the years ahead. For individuals who are facing divorce, however, retirement planning can be a far more difficult task.

Deciding whether divorce is the best available option

When a couple is going through a period of difficulty, it can be hard to know when things have deteriorated to the point of no return. Families go through ups and downs, and part of the benefits of marriage involve having a partner to stand by one’s side during times of trouble. There are certain matters, however, that stretch the boundaries of a spouse’s marital obligations, and it can be difficult to know when those lines have been crossed. The following tips are given to assist spouses who are unsure whether divorce is the best course of action.

Pet "custody" issues may result in a divorce hearing

For most Ohio spouses, addressing issues surrounding which party will keep the family pets is a matter best handled outside of a courtroom. That said, there are certain divorce cases in which reaching an agreement is simply not possible. While family courts have been slow to accept pets as anything more than pieces of property, some cases have shown that it is possible to take the matter before a judge.

Don't let your divorce wreck your career path

Divorce is one of the most significant life events that an Ohio resident can experience. Like marriage or the birth of a child, divorce will bring a wide range of changes to one’s life, altering that path that one has taken. While many find that they are happier, healthier and more fulfilled once the divorce is complete, there can be no doubt that the process itself can be stressful. Spouses who are going through this time of transition must take care to not let the end of their marriage bring about problems at work.

Even the wealthy make mistakes during divorce

Virtually anyone who has gone through a divorce feels as if he or she could have made better choices throughout the process. As with any significant event, the proper course is easier to identify once the dust has settled. Even wealthy spouses in Ohio often wish that they could go back in time and make different choices within their own divorce, and the mistakes that are made tend to follow predictable paths.

Divorce risk rises when wives struggle with illness

Social science research often focuses on the ways that families interact. Whether it is marriage, divorce or parenting, the ins and outs of familial relationships are of great interest to researchers and the public in general. One recent study looked at divorce rates among couples who experienced the significant illness of one spouse. The results may be of interest to many in Ohio.

Divorce brings property division, tax consequences

One of the most challenging aspects of any divorce process involves determining how to divide marital assets. Not only can this be an emotionally trying time, but there are a number of financial consequences tied to each property division option. Ohio couples who are prepared to consider these long-term costs are in a good position to make wise decisions during this phase of their divorce.

Things to consider before moving toward a divorce

As early summer approaches so does what has come to be known as the traditional "wedding season." June and July are popular months for Ohio couples to begin their married lives together, and most spouses who have been married for some time can remember the anticipation and excitement that surrounded their own wedding preparations. It is not uncommon for married couples to go through periods of difficulty within their marriage, and many will consider divorce at some point during their relationship. Before making the decision to end their union, couples should consider a few key things about their relationship.

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