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How Long Does a Divorce Take in Ohio?

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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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Divorce Myths That Can Hurt Your Future


myth vs realityUnfortunately, 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.

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Owning A Business and Divorce

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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.

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How to Tell Your Spouse You Want a Divorce

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While you may have thought about filing for a divorce in Ohio for a long time, the news may come as a shock to your spouse. Divorce, no matter how amicable, is never a pleasant topic. Knowing how to tell your spouse you want a divorce can be complicated and nerve-wracking.

Think about your feelings. Do you want to get divorced? Or do you want your spouse to go to marriage counseling? Spend more time with you? Say "I love you" more? 

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How to Get a Divorce

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Getting a divorce in Ohio often requires going through several court hearings and participating in numerous rounds of negotiation with your soon to be ex-spouse.

Ohio requires that you are a resident of the state for a minimum of six months to file for divorce. Since you will be filing your paperwork through a county court, it is best to look up and see what their residency requirements are—usually a minimum of 90 days.

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Things You Need to Know Before Your Divorce Trial


Hammer breaking word marriageAlthough most divorces are settled outside the courtroom, an already stressful situation can become overwhelming if it goes trial.

While divorces are rarely ever like the heavy drama portrayed on TV or in movies, it is still important to prepare yourself before the date of your divorce trial.

Contested divorces are time-consuming, expensive and emotionally draining. Being organized makes things easier for both you and your attorney, while also making a good impression on the judge.

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Why More Couples are Getting a Gray Divorce


What is a gray divorce? It's a term used to describe an increasing and all too common occurrence in the past decade or so--getting a divorce after the age of 50.

In recent years the rates of "gray divorce" have more than doubled

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Ohio Divorces

If you’re facing a divorce, you may feel confused, defeated and overwhelmed. It may seem like you’re wading into an emotional and financial minefield.

Maybe you feel like you can’t handle everything that’s coming your way – or you don’t know how to. You might feel like you’ve lost the clarity and perspective that you usually have, just when you need it the most.

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Your Partner’s Debt Is Your Debt

A divorce is always daunting, and those unhappily wed often approach the process with trepidation.

Accustomed to the financial benefits and day-to-day normalcy of marriage, many partners today choose at the outset simply to skip divorce and avoid the hassle.

In other words, some married couples settle for divorce limbo. This is a mistake!

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Remember when you were little and told your parents how grand it would be to live in a bigger house or ride in a nicer car or have a cool bike like the kid down the street?

They had the same response each time. They would remind you that the grass is always greener on the other side.

You understand, of course, that they weren’t telling you the grass is greener. Your parents were reminding you that it only seems greener.

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“The times they are a-changing.”

Bob Dylan wrote and sang these lyrics almost fifty-four years ago. Many of us of a certain age believed that Bob was ahead of his time, but it’s safe to say that not even the great Dylan was envisioning 2020 back in those relatively innocent days of 1964.

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#1 What is your story? 

  • What happened between you and your spouse to put you in front of a divorce attorney?
  • What are your concerns, questions, and other issues that are keeping you up at night worrying? 
  • Your divorce attorney will need to know.

The important points the attorney will be looking for are when you were married, how long you have been married, what happened during the marriage, what did not happen during the marriage, your income and employment situation, the children and why you are in the situation you are in.

At Jack’s Law Office, we need to know your questions first.

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Don't Know What to Ask a Divorce Attorney Upon Meeting Them?

Here Are 6 Important Questions to Get You Started!

Take a list of questions to the divorce attorney’s office and check off the questions as you ask them.  Note closely the divorce attorney answers. Below are 6 great questions to ask an attorney when you first meet him or her.

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Getting a divorce in Ohio? To get the best outcome, you must prepare. Here are 13 steps you should take to be ready for your divorce trial: 

13 Steps - Be Prepared!

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Parents Going Thru Divorce: 7 Tips for Back-to-School Challenges of Youngsters

Early September is symbolic of many things including the close of the summer season and, of course, kids going back to school. I bet you’ve seen the iconic school buses (or maybe even been stuck behind them).

You probably braved the back-to-school sales to stock up on supplies, new clothes, and all else that comes with the start of a new school year. That is the fun part. But what about the tough parts that you may remember as a child…

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Pet Custody In Divorce | Who Gets The Pets?

We Love Our Pets . . . 

According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), pet ownership in the U.S. has more than tripled from the 1970s. In 2012, 62 percent of American households had at least one pet. That same year, according to the American Pet Products Association, Americans spent more than $50 billion on their cherished cats, dogs, and other assorted animal companions.

During the last several years, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers surveyed divorce lawyers from many different states and found there are more and more pet custody issues cropping up in divorce court.

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Most Common Reasons for Divorce

Not all marriages fail for the same reason.

Factors are endless, and even studies published by major universities disagree on what causes divorce. Nevertheless, some things show up, again and again, that can lead to the legal termination of a marriage. What are these commonalities? Infidelity, finances, age, incompatibility, lack of communication, unhappiness, and abuse.

We’ll discuss these common causes for divorce below in no particular order.

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What is a Separation Agreement?

Q: What is a Separation Agreement?

Any couple going through dissolution in Ohio is required to have a Separation Agreement. This is essentially a legally binding contract between two parties that mainly sets out all the assets and liabilities of the case.

Assets are things like vehicles, stocks, and bonds, real estate, retirement or profit-sharing plans, jewelry, household furnishings or pretty much anything else valued over $500. Liabilities are another part of the separation agreement and usually consist of credit card debt, mortgages, and student loans.

To file this agreement with the court, it's required that both parties agree on every issue outlined in the Separation Agreement. Assets must be divided and who is responsible for which debts need to be clarified. Any spousal support will also be included in this agreement.

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Ten New Year Resolutions for Divorced Parents

January is the time to make resolutions for the New Year. But as anyone with a health club membership can tell you, most people give up these resolutions by mid-February.

When it comes to your children, however, it’s important to resolutions that last. Newly divorced parents can and should learn from the mistakes of others.

The resolutions below will help you avoid these mistakes and create situations that will help instead of hurt your children. 

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The Ultimate Guide: Preparing for a Divorce [Get Your Free Copy]

Getting your divorce case to completion will be time-consuming, but there are things you can do to make sure that it is over as quickly as possible.

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