Adopting a child is a rewarding but often time-consuming process. People have a lot of questions about how to adopt a child. The adoption process differs not only from state to state, but from county to county as well. Although when people think about adoption they may think about adopting a newborn baby, but there are several other options available as well. We’ll explore them below.
If you are ending your marriage or suing for custody of a child born outside marriage you should not only know about Ohio’s guidelines for determining court ordered parenting arrangements, but you need to know the rules of the county you reside in. This is especially important when you are under a shared parenting agreement.
The state of Ohio has two custodial arrangements; sole custody and shared parenting. The difference between the two is the decision-making rights of the parents. If a parent has sole custody, s/he makes final decisions for the children in matters such as education, major medical care, religious upbringing and extracurricular activities.
Starting your own business is the dream of many people, but one thing that is often forgotten is that a failed marriage can negatively affect the business you worked so hard to build. Certain divorce issues are unique to business owners, but there are ways that you can protect yourself and your business during a divorce or dissolution.
When you know it's only a matter of time before your marriage ends, the first thing that comes to mind is how much a divorce costs. We always hear about multi-million dollar divorce trials and settlements, but for most of us living in the real world that isn’t a possibility. Like other legal issues, the cost of divorce varies tremendously from state to state and couple to couple. The cost of a divorce varies from case to case, and there are countless variables to consider, but often it can be expensive.
A CNN Money article reported that as of 2009, over $100 billion was owed in unpaid child support payments. For lower-income mothers receiving child support, the child support payments accounted for almost one-half of their total income. When payments are not made by the other parent, mothers have no choice but to seek public assistance for themselves and for their children. The problem has continued to grow as more parents never marry, separate or divorce and the need for child support increases.
The Financial Reality of Divorce
Ending a marriage is a painful process. Emotions run high as both spouses try to deal with the realities of divorce. There are many issues to deal with such as dividing marital assets and debts, issues related to custody and child support, and issues related to spousal support. Too often, parties underestimate the financial aspects of divorce. They are focused solely on their emotions before and during the divorce. It is only after the divorce is final that parties realize they are experiencing financial difficulties due to the divorce.
Protecting Your Money: Why Do You Need a Prenuptial Agreement if You Love Each Other?
Pre-nup is typically a word that many couples avoid because of the negative stereotypes associated with prenuptial agreements. While brides are focused on choosing a wedding gown, picking flowers, finding the perfect music and planning a perfect reception, grooms are busy planning a fantastic honeymoon that they will never forget. Neither one wants to take away from the bliss of planning their wedding and future together by discussing and making arrangements for ending their marriage.
Divorce Myths That Can Hurt Your Future
Unfortunately, most people base their knowledge of divorce on what they have seen in the movies or on television, what they have heard from friends or what they have read online. The divorce scenarios in the movies and on television are fictional and dramatized for entertainment purposes. These stories are not based on the laws of any particular state, if based on any law at all.
How Long Does a Divorce Take?
One of the first questions that a client who is contemplating a divorce asks an attorney is, “How long does a divorce take?” Unfortunately, it typically takes much longer to get out of a marriage than it does to get married unless you live in a state that has a simplified divorce proceeding and your divorce is uncontested. The length of time that a divorce takes depends on several factors including:
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