When to modify a child custody agreement

When people are going through a divorce in Ohio, many times emotions run high. Decisions might be made in haste or without being thoroughly or properly thought through. Sometimes, people may later wish that they had come up with a different child custody or support agreement than the one that has been approved by the court. 

According to Psychology Today, “the best interests of the child” is the standard when it comes to determining arrangements regarding the child or children after a divorce. Parents should strive to put their child’s interests first when it comes to shared parenting. Often, the views of the child and their desires are also carefully considered by the court. Meaningful relationships with both parents should be the goal of all parties. 

How do I find an ethical art appraiser?

Some Ohio divorces involve splitting up assets such as artwork, which will require an appraisal to determine its value. However, if you have never had to appraise your artwork before, you might wonder how you can find a good appraiser. To avoid the problem of having your artwork incorrectly valued, it is crucial to be on the lookout for qualities that make an honest, ethical appraiser.

As Money.com explains, appraisers do charge for their work. You might be asked to pay an hourly rate or a flat fee for the appraisal. The appraiser will examine your art and write up a report that describes the artwork’s value, how the appraiser valued the art, and a complete description of your art. A suspicious appraiser, however, may ask you to pay a fee that is based on a percentage of your artwork’s value. These appraisers are best avoided.

How to plan a summer trip with your kids after divorce

Just because you go through a divorce doesn't mean you should forget about all the fun things in life. For example, going on a summer vacation can be one of the most enjoyable times of the year.

Planning a summer trip with your kids after divorce is easier said than done, as your ex-spouse may attempt to get in the way.

Mortgage closing documents can reveal hidden assets

Spouses seeking a divorce in Ohio may worry that their soon to be ex-spouse is hiding assets. Unfortunately, sometimes this fear is justified, which is why anyone in the beginning stages of a divorce should locate and gather documents that can uncover the existence of hidden assets. Mortgage closing documents are a good place to start.

According to Forbes, it is common for mortgage closing documents to provide a wide range of financial information. If you and your spouse were involved in taking out a loan for a new home, a lender will likely have required the two of you to list your assets, liabilities, and income flows to prove your ability to pay off the mortgage. This means your spouse will have needed to disclose assets and income up to that point in time on those documents.

Co-parenting tips to help prevent child custody disputes

Once your divorce is finalized, you may still find yourself in contact with your ex-spouse. This is typically the case if you have children together. Although there are challenges associated with co-parenting, the right approach by both individuals can help prevent a future child custody dispute.

Here are five co-parenting tips to help prevent trouble now and in the future:

  • Communicate when necessary: This doesn't mean you have to talk every day, but make sure you openly communicate when necessary. For example, if you need to change a visitation time, talk about it as soon as possible with your ex.
  • Think about what's best for your children: You can't go wrong when you put the best interests of your children above all else.
  • Don't argue about everything: It's hard to pick your battles after divorce, as you always want to get in the last word. Even so, you shouldn't turn every disagreement into an argument, as this will only add stress to your situation.
  • Remain flexible: You should attempt to follow your parenting agreement down to every last detail, but flexibility is imperative to co-parenting success. If you remain flexible, there's a greater chance of your ex doing the same.
  • Don't get in the way: Your children and your ex have the right to spend time together without you getting in the way and complicating things. When you adhere to the schedule that's in place, you can avoid a situation in which you interject and upset the other parent.

How do I make sure my kids inherit after I remarry?

Ohio residents who find love a second time after divorcing should make sure that after they tie the knot with a new partner that they do not accidently disinherit their children from their previous marriage. Unfortunately, in some cases parents neglect crucial estate planning after a divorce that ends up cutting children out of some inheritances. To prevent this from happening, there are a number of steps you can take.

First, per CNBC, you should write a will. Dying without a will, also known as dying intestate, means that your property and assets will be subject to division by the courts, which can take a long time to sort out, plus you may have conflicts between competing heirs. Potentially, you could have an ex-spouse, a current spouse, children and even step-children all contending for what they believe is their share. So it is best to sort out your inheritance wishes in a will.

What criteria apply to art appraisal?

You may think that it is most difficult to divide financial accounts worth thousands or even millions of dollars during divorce proceedings in Ohio, but that is not necessarily the case. The valuation and subsequent division of tangible assets such as art pieces often present a bigger challenge, not only because of the monetary value involved but the sentimental attachment you and/or your spouse may have formed to the piece.

Because works of art represent unique assets, it is often necessary to hire appraisers with specialized knowledge in the area. According to the Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, works of art generally fall into one of two categories: decorative art and fine art. There are different criteria for appraising art in each category. 

How can I ensure my prenup is effective?

For certain couples in Columbus, having a prenuptial agreement in place before getting married is a must. This is especially true if you're a business owner or have a lot of property and assets in your name, which may be up for grabs in the event of a divorce. CNBC explains how you can devise a legally binding and effective prenuptial agreement. 

While having a conversation about prenups with your future spouse can be awkward, it's important not to put off the matter for too long. Keep in mind some states have laws in place stating how soon before a marriage a prenup must be implemented. Additionally, if you wait too long wedding plans will already be in motion. This makes it much harder to have a reasonable discussion with your partner and leaves you with few options if he or she refuses the document. 

Can you develop a parent plan that is mutually beneficial?

When you first begin thinking about arranging a parenting plan with your ex in Ohio, the task of communicating with him or her at all may seem a bit daunting. However, if you are able to separate your feelings and work toward establishing healthy boundaries while developing a custody arrangement, you can certainly create an agreement that will be mutually beneficial for you, your ex and your children. 

When approaching the topic of child custody, you will benefit from being able to communicate amicably with your ex despite the change in your relationship. Remember that while the two of you disagreed about factors of your relationship, you share children together who still need a relationship with both of you. Keeping the needs and best interests of your children in mind can certainly help you to make rational and respectable decisions in developing your plan. 

Relocating with the kids after a divorce

Oftentimes, Columbus residents may find that the conclusion of their divorce proceedings does not bring with it the finality they were anticipating. They may find that remaining in relatively close proximity to their ex-spouses may continue to stir up the emotions that contributed to the end of their marriages. Thus, to assist in the process of moving on, they may choose to relocate (indeed, information shared by Move.org lists "Other family reasons" and "A change in marital status" amongst the most common reasons why Americans move). Yet relocating can be a complicated process when a divorced couple has children together. 

One parent moving will almost inevitably complicate a custody plan (even if that move is within the same state). Because of this fact, a divorced parent who has custody of their children cannot simply move away without making their intentions known. According to Section 3109.051 of Ohio's Domestic Relations Code, they must provide the court that issued their divorce decree with notice of their intent to relocate. The court may then forward on that notice to the other parent. If necessary, a hearing may then be scheduled to determine if the move necessitates a revision of the couple's custody agreement. 

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