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Divorce advice may help but knowledge of the process is essential

It can be important for those divorcing here in Columbus to understand that getting a divorce does not always mean failure, as some might think. Many people often have divorce advice to offer for those going through a divorce and some of it may be useful. It is important to remember, however, that each divorce is different. While there are certainly common issues in each divorce, the couple and the circumstances will make the divorce legal issues unique to the couple's situation.

Aside from valuable advice from friends and family, understanding the divorce process and what to expect can help calm fears and ease tensions. Given the circumstances, it can also lead to positive outcomes. It is always important to remember, as with most divorce legal issues, that the couple is able to make many determinations together. If the couple is, however, unable to agree, the court will step in to help.

Doctor's medical license suspended for unpaid child support

There are times when parents have issues with child support. In some cases, the paying parent believes the amount of their payments is unfair. In other cases, the receiving parent may feel that the payments are inadequate for their child's needs. Utilizing family law resources in Ohio is a good course of action for both custodial parents and paying parents when child support issues arise.

Recently, a doctor had his professional license revoked for failure to pay child support. A judge ordered the doctor's medical license revoked due to failure to pay child support payments. It was reported that the doctor owes $20,000 in unpaid child support payments. Once the doctor establishes a payment arrangement for the back child support, or pays it in full, his license can be reinstated. Until then, according to the licensing board, the doctor will have to inform hospitals and patients that he cannot see patients.

Gray divorces on the rise can present challenges

While the divorce process may at times seem overwhelming, understanding the choices a couple may face can sometimes help.

While retirement may be the best time for some couples, for many who have become part of the increasing gray divorce trend, retirement may present many challenges to the relationship. The divorce rate for those over 50 has doubled over the past two decades. Retirement can sometimes be a tipping point for issues that have been left unresolved between couples while couples remain focused on careers and child rearing. Others make take inventory of how to spend the rest of their lives and who they want to do that with.

Man named United States' "Most Wanted Deadbeat"

Parents in Ohio should utilize the family law process, which is available to help, when struggling to collect, or pay, child support.

A man from a neighboring state has been named by the U.S. Office of the Inspector General (OIG) as its "Most Wanted Deadbeat." When the man was divorced in the late 1980s, he was ordered to pay $100 a month in child support for his four children which he was then able to have reduced to $14 a month by claiming that he was unemployed and disabled. In the late 1990s, however, the 60-year old man sold a successful Internet business for $2 million and has not been seen since.

It is important to think actions through during divorce

Divorce can feel like a period of upheaval, but by remaining focused on being civil, the divorce process can proceed more smoothly.

Divorce can sometimes be a difficult process, as many Ohio residents may know. Unwittingly, many divorcing spouses may make mistakes throughout the process. For some, divorce is the first interaction many have had with the legal system. Many people make mistakes using social media which an angry spouse may not realize leaves a permanent trail of what has been posted. Additionally, it is not advisable to delete social media posts which can be considered evidence.

Hidden assets lead to 17 year jail term

Ohio residents may be interested to learn of a recent case involving a man who hid assets in order to avoid paying child support. The 50-year-old California resident has been ordered to pay fines of $500,000 and sentenced to 17 years of imprisonment. In addition, a judge ruled that he must forfeit $2.8 million in assets.

The man has two teenage children with his ex-wife. The couple went through a contentious divorce in 1999, during which the man lied to the family court. In 2001, he told his ex-wife that he would file for bankruptcy to avoid paying child support. By the time he filed in 2005, he had hidden millions of dollars in assets. A U.S. District Court judge found that the man made repeated false statements in both the family court and the bankruptcy case.

Rise in single-father households

Recent reports based upon historical census data show a dramatic increase in the number of households with minor children headed by single fathers. While there are a variety of explanations, some say that the rise is at least in part due to the growing adoption of child custody legislation favoring a 50/50 split of parenting time and duties by many states. This may seem counter-intuitive since shared parenting, by definition, makes physical and legal custody equal between mothers and fathers. However, human nature is believed to play a role in the surprising trend.

Many child custody experts note that divorced fathers traditionally were told their place in their children's lives was as an every-other-weekend visitor. With the advent of the shared parenting movement, however, family law judges are redefining the role of dads in the lives of their children. "The best interests of the child" has changed in many jurisdictions from meaning "living with the mother" to "equality in parenting time and responsibilities."

New application makes child support easier

Expense accounts are a way of life for many people, and Ohio residents might be interested in a new app that takes the lessons learned on keeping track of business expenses into the realm of child support. According to its developer, the app makes it possible for divorced parents with busy work and life schedules to keep track of the details inherent in even the best laid plans for child support payments.

A divorcee herself, the founder of a new computer application said that even if a divorce is amicable and monthly child support payments are agreed to, the details of child support are often difficult. Viewing it as a series of credits and debits, she started to think there must be an easier way to manage it. While there is much discussion about parents that renege on child support payments, even those who want to stay current can get caught in a logistical nightmare of who owes what to whom.

Divorce may affect a person's credit score

A data collected by a new survey conducted by a credit score reporting website may have some interesting implications for divorcees. The survey included more than 500 respondents who came from a wide range of demographics and asked them to answer questions regarding their finances during their marriage and after their divorce. Some of the data collected in the survey may help Ohio residents involved in a divorce with financial planning in the future.

The survey asked a number of questions that attempted to give a clear picture of how responsibilities concerning finances were divided during the respondent's marriage. Respondents were able to choose from several responses that ranged between suggesting that one spouse was in total control of the household finances to saying that the finances were handled equally by both parties. About 40 percent of the respondents stated they were in charge of the finances, suggested that the individuals taking the survey may be more financially conscious.

Comedian John Cleese paying up to $24 million in alimony

Comedy fans from Ohio may be shocked to learn just how large comedic giant John Cleese's alimony payments are. According to a recent report, the 74-year-old, best known for his work with Monty Python, claimed that for his 2008 divorce, he stand to pay $23 to $24 million in alimony.

Cleese divorced his third wife in 2008. In 2009, the divorce settlement determined that he must pay his ex-wife approximately $13 million in both cash and other assets. He was also responsible for paying $1 million to his ex-wife each year until 2016.


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