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After divorce, make appropriate estate-planning changes

One of the aspects of divorce that many spouses are unprepared for is the multitude of tasks that must be accomplished. There are documents that must be gathered, financial matters to negotiate, and a wide range of decisions made that will shape each spouse's life in the years to come. It is easy to overlook items on one's divorce to-do list, but Ohio spouses should make an effort to ensure that certain needs are addressed in a timely manner. Chief among these is a re evaluation of one's existing estate-planning choices.

Can a surrogate mother be forced to pay child support?

Virtually all Ohio court battles over the financial care of a child are waged between parents who are no longer together, and where the custodial parent is seeking support payments to assist in the costs of raising a shared child. There are child support cases, however, that do not conform to this mold, and where the parties are far removed from what we consider to be the "norm." Recent reports of the struggles between Sherri Shepherd and her soon-to-be ex husband provide an excellent example.

Do you know your spouse's thoughts about divorce?

Ask most married people how their spouse feels about life without them and you might be surprised at how certain they are in their response. Many of us are sure that we understand how our significant others feel about these matters, but recent research suggests that many of us are wrong in those assumptions. For some in Ohio, this could lead to an inability to predict when one's partner is seriously considering filing for divorce.

Don't let emotions influence divorce decision-making

When going through a difficult divorce, it is easy to get swept up in the emotional turmoil surrounding the matter. Many Ohio spouses find themselves reacting in ways that are surprising, even to themselves. Divorce can be a tumultuous process, but it is also a time during which a number of important financial decisions must be made. Savvy spouses work hard to avoid allowing their emotional response to the divorce have a negative impact on the bottom line.

Sleep loss during divorce can be a serious issue

In the midst of a serious life event, it is not uncommon for individuals to experience difficulty in getting a good night's sleep. Divorce is a prime example, and an undertaking that can place serious barriers in the way of adequate rest. Everyone in Ohio understands the short-term ramifications of a poor night's sleep, but recent research suggests that long-term sleep problems can have devastating effects on one's health and well-being.

A divorce does not have to mean the end of a business

There is an adage that warns about mixing business and pleasure, but what about business and marriage? There have been many business ventures that were successfully launched by married partners, including here in Ohio. Nevertheless, a divorce between business partners does not have to spell bankruptcy for an established company.

Tips on divorce from a narcissistic spouse

Very few people intentionally marry a narcissist. In fact, it may take years before an Ohio spouse fully realizes the personality disorder that defines his or her partner. Being in a relationship with a narcissistic spouse can be a challenge. Trying to divorce one, however, can be an absolute nightmare.

The role of debt within an Ohio divorce

Spouses who are contemplating filing for divorce are often consumed with worries over the division of marital wealth. Will there be enough left to establish a strong financial foundation for the years ahead? Will it be impossible to reach a fair settlement without incurring high legal costs? These and other property division questions are understandable, but there is a related divorce topic that many fail to give proper consideration.

Handling child custody issues during the holidays

The holiday season is intended to be a time of merriment and communion. However, for some people who are facing a divorce and child custody issues, the holidays can seem a bit more stressful. There are a few simple tips that recently divorced Ohio residents can follow in an effort to reduce stress and survive the holidays this year.

How to protect an inheritance from loss during divorce

Receiving an inheritance is an exciting event. Receiving money or real estate can make a world of difference in one's financial landscape and can truly improve an individual's quality of life. Inheriting treasured family heirlooms can also be a deeply moving event and can help one have a tangible reminder of time spent with a lost loved one. Regardless of what is included in an inheritance, individuals should carefully consider how to best ensure that those assets are retained in the event of an Ohio divorce.

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