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May 2018 Archives

Are you interested in mediating your divorce?

Coming to terms with ending a marriage can be tough. You may wonder whether it is the right decision and how you will contend with the legal proceedings ahead. In the latter case, you may have dreadful visions of courtroom litigation and constant disagreements, but if you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse can remain amicable, other options may suit your circumstances.

How does Ohio look at divorce and religion for children?

One of the biggest disagreements that divorcing parents of different religions tend to have is how they will raise their children after divorce. Both parents are likely to want the children to only be raised in their own religion, and they may be very opposed to the children even being exposed to the other parent's religion since they fundamentally disagree with it.

Co-parenting with a narcissist: Is it even possible?

You might not know the definition of a narcissist. But you probably can say with some assuredness, "I know one when I see one." Psychologists know the hallmarks of what's called Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). In the simplest terms, those with NPD "exhibit a lack of ability to empathize with others and inflated sense of self-importance."

Helping grandparents and other relatives seek child custody

The news out of Cuyahoga County in recent days drives home yet again the depth of the issue that Ohio faces regarding children in foster care. According to an article on, authorities report that there are nearly 2,300 children in some form of state-managed care. But county officials say demand continues to rise and they are seeking to recruit more foster families.

Smart tips for successful long-term divorce outcomes

They call it the divorce process for a reason. It can take some time to untangle your life from your soon-to-be ex-spouse's life. Although ending a marriage can be stressful, it can be helpful to remember the long-term impacts of divorce while taking it one day at a time. The positive steps you are able to take during a divorce will help you become happier and better adjusted in the years to come.

Stay conscious of how a divorce impacts your teen

If you are getting divorced with teenage children, you need to be aware of how the divorce process can impact them. This is not to say you cannot end your marriage, and you may have a very good reason to do so, such as spousal abuse. However, you simply need to keep your children's best interests in mind and learn how you can help them through this process.

The non-specific face of spousal support

In our previous post, we shined the spotlight on how fluid the concept of spousal support has become over time. Back in the day when the common model had husbands working and wives taking care of the home, spousal support, or alimony as it was then known, usually involved the ex-husband paying a monthly sum to the ex-wife in the event of divorce.

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