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Child Custody, Visitation and Support in a Columbus Divorce

Child Custody, Visitation and Support in a Columbus Divorce What is Parenting Time, and How Do the Courts Decide How Much Time A Child Spends With Each Parent? Here in Columbus, and throughout Ohio family law courts have established the base rule that it is in the child’s best interest to spend as much time Read More

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What is a Collaborative Divorce in Columbus, and Why Should We Consider It?

What is a Collaborative Divorce in Columbus, and Why Should We Consider It? Collaborative divorce in Columbus is an effective option to end a marriage that provides dignity, a systematized approach and limits on expenses that many former spouses find attractive. Collaborative divorce is a “non-adversarial” process, and both parties and their attorneys enter into Read More

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Dissolution in Columbus When You Have Retirement Accounts, Investments and other Substantial Assets

Dissolution in Columbus is an option for many local residents to consider when approaching the end of a marriage. Dissolution is an alternative to divorce and requires the parties to be in complete agreement on every issue contained in the divorce paperwork known as the “separation agreement.” Where the parties have one or more minor children, Read More

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Who Should Be Interested in a Collaborative Divorce in Columbus Ohio?

Who Should Be Interested in a Collaborative Divorce in Columbus Ohio? Who should be interested in a collaborative divorce in Columbus Ohio? A “collaborative divorce” may not be perfect for every situation (e.g., where there has been domestic violence, abuse, serious mental illness), but I personally believe it is the best option available for most Read More

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What Options Do Divorcing Couples Have in Columbus?

What options do divorcing couples have in Columbus? Ohio has four legal vehicles to terminate a marriage, three of which may involve the Collaborative Divorce process: Dissolution (With the Collaborative Divorce process utilized, or without this process) Uncontested Divorce (With the Collaborative Divorce process utilized, or without this process) Contested Divorce Annulment (With the Collaborative Divorce process, Read More

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How is Parenting Time Split Between Parents in a Columbus Ohio Divorce or Dissolution?

Divorce Courts here in Columbus and Central Ohio are focused upon the best interests of the child. Ohio Courts believe it is in the best interest of a child to spend “quality time with each parent” on a regular basis, and this usually results in an even division of time between the households of former spouses. Read More

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Seeking Modifications to a Columbus Ohio Child Support, Custody or Spousal Support Order

Is it possible to seek modifications to a Columbus Ohio child support, child custody or spousal support (alimony) order?  There are many reasons to consider a post-decree modification to orders that were generated during your divorce or dissolution here in Central Ohio. In some cases, it may be as simple as the fact that a child has reached the Read More

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Will I Receive Spousal Support or “Alimony” in my Columbus Ohio Divorce Case?

Will I Receive Spousal Support or “Alimony” in my Columbus Ohio Divorce Case? I am often asked: “Will I receive spousal support?” Spousal support, also commonly referred to as “alimony”, is a common challenge in a Columbus Ohio divorce. Many dissolutions, and divorce cases involving spouses with equivalent incomes do not involve spousal support. However, Read More

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What is a QDRO in a Columbus Ohio Divorce or Dissolution?

A QDRO is the abbreviation for a “Qualified Domestic Relations Order.” The QDRO is part of the property division orders contained with a Columbus Ohio divorce or dissolution settlement. A QDRO relates to the retirement account or pension fund which as  a marital asset may be divided between the spouses in some way in the Read More

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Valuation of a Professional Practice or Business Interest in a Columbus Ohio Divorce

What happens when one of the spouses owns an interest in a closely-held business or a professional practice during a Columbus Ohio divorce? What are the central issues in these cases? The primary concern in divorces that include substantial assets such as a business ownership interest or a professional practice is to obtain a fair and accurate valuation of Read More

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