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Collaborative divorce, a better way to get it done

Not everyone who is ending a marriage wants to fight it out in court. While litigation has its place in divorce, it is not necessary for everyone. Ohio residents who are looking to dissolve their marriages have other options.

Collaborative law is available to those who are looking for a better way to get their divorces done. How is it different? Why might it benefit my situation?

Dealing with financial changes long after a divorce is final

When an Ohio family walks through a divorce, it will bring significant changes for every member of the family. Even between two amicable parties, the end of a marriage will certainly impact finances, where family members live and much more. These are major, life-altering changes, and for some parents, life continues to change long after a divorce is final.

For some, life changes can take a significant toll on a person's financial capabilities. When this happens, it could mean that a custodial parent is no longer able to properly care for his or her child with the current amount of support, or it could mean that the supporting parent is no longer able to meet the terms of the current support order. Either way, there are legal options available.

3 options for out-of-court custody proceedings

As a parent going through divorce, you certainly want to make the process as easy on your children as possible. You may have heard many horror stories relating to parents fighting over custody of the kids and know that such a situation can have detrimental effects on the children. As you now face custody proceedings of your own, you may wish to determine how to approach the process with as little conflict as possible.

Luckily, not all custody cases come down to a drag-out fight. If you and your ex-spouse can face the process amicably, you may have a variety of options to choose from when it comes to making custody decisions.

Dissolving a marriage? Mediation may make it easier

The thought of fighting with your spouse about how to divide your assets or about who gets to keep the children may be overwhelming and exhausting for you during the divorce process. However, not every divorce situation has to involve going to war with a future ex. With divorce mediation in the state of Ohio, the process of dissolving a marriage can be relatively amicable.

What exactly is mediation?

Treading lightly through technology during a divorce

There may be few times when others scrutinize your actions more carefully than when you are going through a divorce, especially if the divorce is expected to be contentious. However, even if you and your spouse are moving toward an amicable separation, that situation can quickly turn adversarial if you use your social media to vent your emotions.

The emotional and psychological benefits of co-parenting

The end of a marriage is difficult, but it can be especially difficult for the youngest members of the family. In order to protect their children, Ohio parents may explore the various ways that they can seek a child custody agreement that is both beneficial and sustainable. In many cases, a co-parenting plan can provide stability and continuity of lifestyle for both the parents and the children.

If you have concerns regarding the protection of your parental rights in a child custody agreement, you are not alone. However, a co-parenting plan can allow you to have your rightful parenting time while still providing the children with the opportunity to have a strong relationship with both parents.

Should you keep the family home after divorce?

When going through a divorce, you may have many aspects that need consideration. Interests often arise when it comes to dividing property. Because Ohio is an equitable distribution state, the division of assets does not necessarily mean that you and your ex-spouse will walk away with an equal share. As a result, you may find yourself concerned with the division of particular pieces of property, such as the family home.

8 elements of a parenting plan

One of the hardest issues to work out in a divorce is a parenting plan for the children. Ohio has two types of child custody. Sole custody is when one parent is designated as the sole legal custodian of the children. This parent has the authority to make all decisions for the children. Shared parenting, which used to be called joint custody, means that the parents work together to make decisions about the care and upbringing for the children. According to the American Psychological Association, joint custody is better for children. Children whose parents can work together after a divorce have higher self-esteem, better school performance and fewer behavior problems than those in a sole custody arrangement.

Our attorneys encourage couples going through a divorce to collaborate in a shared parenting plan. Creating this plan involves discussing the following elements:

The 4 dangers of anger in divorce

Divorce is not an easy experience when it comes to your emotions. When going through a divorce, sometimes feeling resentful or angry at your former spouse is normal. But focusing on the goals of the divorce, instead of the current anguish, can help you in many ways in the long-run. Giving into your anger and engaging in revenge or paypack will only set you back in the process.

What happens when spouses let anger get the best of them during a divorce? Here are four ways anger can hurt you during, and after your divorce:

Five things the IRS wants you to know about divorce and taxes

Divorce can be one of life's most stress-inducing events. Though it is a common occurrence in our society, affecting 40 percent of first marriages and 60 percent of second marriages, the legal and financial ramifications are often poorly understood.

Divorce and separation situations may be complex, but some of their tax implications don't have to be. The IRS offers some vital tips to help eliminate confusion and clear up some common misconceptions about deductions, healthcare and more.

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