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Your divorce isn't possible by year's end: What now?

Many American households use at least one-half of their income to cover their bills. When couples divorce, it puts a significant strain on a family's finances as that same income must cover two households' bills. Once the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2019, though, those families that have traditionally been supported by a single breadwinner may find that even more demands are being placed on their finances.

As things currently stand, any couple that divorces prior to Dec. 31, 2018, will be subject to old Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax laws.

Should you talk to your child's teacher about your custody plan?

You and your spouse split up, and you create a child custody plan that works around your schedules. While you understand the importance of working this out, it's not the type of thing you discuss with anyone other than family members and close friends. It's personal.

However, you need to break out of your comfort zone a bit for the good of your child. This may include telling your child's teacher.

Gear up for a low-stress, post-divorce holiday season

It's no secret that divorce usually means that there were unresolved differences of some type between spouses. Your situation is unique to your own set of circumstances. It's also no secret that some divorce situations are highly contentious while others are more amicable. You may even find that cross through both categories at some point as you move forward in life.

If this is going to be your first holiday season since you settled your divorce, you may be a bit worried about your children and how everyone will get along or whether some legal issue might impede your holiday joy. You can take several actions ahead of time to make your post-divorce holiday time as non-stressful as possible.

What are some ways that divorce impacts kids?

According to the Heritage Foundation, as many as one million American children have to endure their parents' divorces each year. While we often hear that divorce is hard on kids, many of us don't understand how difficult it can be or how to guide them through it.

The first sign you may notice that your child is struggling with your divorce is if they start having emotional outbursts. Your children may express feelings of resentment or may seem confused or easily discouraged. Unless these feelings are dealt with right away, then it's possible that your child will develop mental health concerns such as depression.

There are many consequences to not paying Ohio child support

When a judge presiding over a child custody or support issue enters an order in Ohio, the parents are expected to abide by it unless a revised one is approved by them. Even if a mom or dad loses their job or becomes ill, it still doesn't take away their responsibility to pay any ordered child support that a judge deems that they owe, but the situation may warrant a modification. Barring that, any other failure to pay can carry a variety of consequences.

Ohio legislators have authorized the Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) to enforce all orders in the state. Some approaches that they're allowed to pursue to ensure that support payments are made include suspending a parent's drivers or professional license. They can also withhold or garnish their income, workers' compensation, veterans or Social Security disability benefits, unemployment or state and federal tax refunds.

Your co-workers' genders and profession affect your divorce risk

Stockholm University researchers who worked on a Sept. 25 Biology Letters study set out to gain a better understanding of work factors that may make spouses more likely to divorce. In particular, they wanted to know whether workers who have a lot of colleagues of the opposite sex are more apt to end their marriages than others. They found that this is one of the many factors that contribute to increased divorce rates.

The researchers analyzed 30 years worth of data from Denmark to see whether a connection between divorce rates and the gender of co-workers appeared to exist. After reviewing nearly 250,000 divorce cases, they determined that there's a strong connection between the two.

Researchers say Ohio's default parenting plans shortchange kids

A recent report published by the National Parenting Organization (NPO) suggests that many of the parenting plans that Ohio courts often default to aren't actually in the best interests of children.

NPO researchers argue that these default parenting plans aren't in their best interest because they often champion the parent that lives nearby over one that lives at a distance. The state's default parenting plans also often leave non-custodial parents with as little as 20 percent of the parenting time with their kids.

Joint custody may be viable option following divorce

As you embark on the divorce process, you will face many critical decisions, such as who gets to keep the marital home. You might also end up pursuing alimony or having to pay it.

However, one of the most difficult aspects of any divorce involving young children is how to handle child custody. Joint custody is one of multiple custody arrangements available in Ohio today, with both joint legal custody and joint physical and legal custody being possible scenarios.

What's in a child's best interest affects grandparents' rights

Since 1994, Ohio law has recognized a grandparent's right to visitation of their grandchildren if the children's parents have died, they've separated or divorced or if they'd never married. Petitioning a judge isn't possible for grandparents to children belonging to an intact family. In any of these situations, whether a grandpa or grandma is successful in petitioning a judge for visitation is contingent upon what's in the child's best interest.

In determining what's in the best interest of the child, a judge will take into account his or her age. If he or she is old enough, the judge may even ask the child for their own preferences.

What financial steps should you take as you prepare to divorce?

When many couples decide to divorce, it's not uncommon for the once stay-at-home spouse to find out that their partner was struggling to pay the bills, racking up debt in the process. This can greatly impact your ability to move forward with your life post-divorce. One of the best things that you can do right way is to start building your credit.

One of the first steps to doing this is to let all the creditors or banks that you have accounts with know of your impending divorce. This will essentially serve as a way of freezing the account or at the very least sending a warning to them to not allow one spouse to run up more debt or drain an account.

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