What is an offshore account?

During a divorce in Ohio, one thing you may have concern over is hidden assets. If you do not discover all the assets your spouse has, the court will not consider them when dividing your assets. It becomes quite important to uncover everything. One thing to consider is any offshore account your spouse may have.

Do courts give mothers preference in custody cases?

It is a common assumption that courts in Ohio give preference to mothers in child custody cases. This probably stems from the past when courts did often immediately assign custody to the mother. This was based on outdated gender roles where the mother stayed home with the children to care for them while the father worked. As society has changed and many families now have two parents working, this idea of the mother as the primary caregiver does not always stand. So, the courts have adjusted their thought process and how they approach custody issues.

How is art valued in a divorce?

If you are an artist or a collector of art in Ohio and going through a divorce, you will soon discover the challenges that come with dividing martial property. You will have the chance to try to come to an agreement about the division of property before the court steps in. In any case, you have to get your property valued before division to ensure and equal and fair process. This is where it may get tricky with art pieces, especially if you are the creator.

Can you disinherit your spouse before a divorce?

Going through a divorce in Ohio can be troubling enough without having to face the possibility that you might die or suffer a serious physical incapacitation before your divorce is finalized. To make sure you maintain control over your assets until your divorce is completed, you can dictate what happens to them in a will. Some people may even wonder if they can go ahead and fully disinherit their spouses from receiving any assets. However, this is a move that could carry legal risk.

What are the tax implications of divorce?

When you are going through a divorce in Ohio, there is a lot you must think about in terms of finances and how your divorce will affect them. One financial implication of divorce that many couples do not consider is how the separation will affect their taxes. The US Tax Center at IRS.com has some very helpful advice for soon-to-be-divorced couples who wish to save this upcoming tax season.  

What are the father's rights in an adoption?

As the father of a child in Ohio, you may worry about your legal rights. It used to be that fathers had little rights and the mother usually had all the control, but times have changed. The law now is such that it aims to involve both parents equally in the decision making and raising of a child. This is also true if the child is placed for adoption. According to Adoption from the Heart, you have the exact same rights as the mother when it comes to adoption.

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