If you believe it is possible for you to have a drama-free divorce in Columbus, you are on the right track to achieving one. Divorce is not easy, neither is moving on. Besides having concerns about property division and child custody, you might be wondering how you and your partner can resolve your separation without dragging out the proceedings and badmouthing each other.
Updating your estate plan is on your to-do list after your Ohio divorce; you know your ex-spouse is not the one you want to name as your health care proxy or life insurance beneficiary. However, the two of you have a child together, and that complicates the issue. The legal team at the law office of Gregg R. Lewis, Esq. - Harry Lewis Co., LPA, often counsels divorced parents with minor children in estate planning matters.
If you are thinking about leaving your spouse after being together for 20 or more years, you may be surprised to learn your situation is a lot more common than you think. According to CNBC.com, during the last 28 years, the divorce rate for couples who are 50 years old and older has doubled. Late-life separations are commonly called gray divorces.
While you may be focused on dividing assets and determining custody during your divorce, one other thing you will have to handle is debt. The general rule when it comes to dividing anything in a divorce in Ohio is that whatever anyone brought into the marriage or whatever is yours only remains so after the divorce. For example, if you owned a classic car before you got married and maintained it as only yours, then it will remain yours after the divorce. The way debt is handled is different, though, according to the Ohio Bar Association.
For decades, infidelity in a marriage has referred primarily to emotional or sexual relationships that develop outside of the marriage. One spouse starts to seek love, affection and validation elsewhere. This leads to lying, sneaking around and broken hearts. In some cases, that infidelity can have a financial impact or even put the other spouse's health at risk.