Some Ohio couples will go through a lengthy, expensive and bitter process when processing the end of their marriage. For others, however, divorce can be a far simpler and easier process. When spouses can agree on all of the issues involved, an uncontested divorce is an achievable goal. Collaboration can help make this process easier for all parties, and can even help preserve mutual respect between former spouses, an important consideration when a couple has shared children.
When an Ohio resident is engaged in a dispute with the Internal Revenue Service, the outcome is sometimes determined by a court of law. In one recent case, a divorced man was surprised to learn that the alimony payments he had made to his former wife would not be counted as spousal support, but categorized as child support. As a result, he lost a sizeable tax deduction.
In the coming weeks, residents of Ohio and other states may witness the largest known settlement in a divorce case in the U.S. courts. A well-known oil baron, Harold Hamm and his wife of 25 years, Sue Ann, failed to sign a prenuptial agreement at the time of their marriage. Although the wife has accused the husband of unfaithfulness, it is expected that this will be an uncontested divorce and there may be no litigation.
When couples begin talking about divorce, one of the first issues to consider is how to save money doing it. For many people in Ohio, it is important to be sure that both parties fully understand their rights under the law to increase the chances of receiving their "fair share" in the divorce settlement. One way to better position both spouses for a strong financial future, according to some, is to have an uncontested divorce. This could cut down on the costs associated with divorce, leaving more money that is better spent on building a new life for each party.
For many couples the disposition of the family home is a key concern during a divorce. The easiest way to handle this aspect of property division in Ohio or anywhere else is to sell the house and split the profit. That's a clean and final disposition that leaves no loose ends. The terms and listing price of the real estate will be set forth in a written separation and property settlement agreement. The parties must then simply cooperate with the broker, sign final papers and receive one's share.
While divorce can be difficult for couples to go through under many circumstances, that doesn't always have to be the case. Some Ohio residents are able to negotiate the process amicably and enjoy an uncontested divorce. Unfortunately, though, some who may try to get through the process on their own may find that it could end up costing them more during the property division phase than it saves them.
Keeping the divorce process civil and relatively un-contentious is much more easily said than done. Ending a marriage isn't just about deciding who gets to keep the house, it is also about a lot of complex emotional issues. This is why so many people find it difficult or impossible to maintain a relatively civil relationship with their soon-to-be-ex.
Although an Ohio law that allows the use of a private judge in uncontested divorces has been in existence for almost 40 years it seems to have been gaining in popularity in Franklin County Domestic Relations Court over the past several years. Hiring a private judge in a dissolution or uncontested divorce can make the process so much easier, say some divorce attorneys. Just last year almost 1,000 uncontested divorces or 20 percent of all cases were handled by private judges.
If you and your spouse are working through an uncontested divorce, it is probably tempting to skip many of the steps that are part of the traditional divorce process, such as hiring a family law attorney and having your financial situation closely evaluated. Some divorcing spouses, hesitant to rock the boat, even decide not to fight for the things that are really important to them. But could these niceties come back to haunt you later in the process or in the months and years following your divorce?
Readers of this blog should be pleased to learn that Columbus, Ohio, is nowhere near the top of a new list showing the most expensive U.S. cities to get a divorce in. The list was compiled as part of a larger research project undertaken by AttorneyFee.com, and it is based on an analysis of the billing fees of thousands of divorce lawyers nationwide.