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How should we handle visitation schedules during summer vacation?

In a few weeks, Ohio schools will go on summer break. If you're legally separated from your spouse or newly divorced, then you may not have extensive experience in handling custody matters. You may have even less knowledge about how to handle vacation plans that deviate from the schedule that you've agreed to. There are some steps that you can take to minimize the potential for conflict though.

If you're planning a summer vacation, then check your custody agreement to see what it says about how far in advance and who you must advise about your plans. Also check to see what it says about the geographic limits for your travels. It may prohibit you from traveling out of the country or state with them. If you want to leave the area, then you may have to request a modification of your court order.

Helpful tips after your spouse mentions divorce

You never thought you'd get divorced, but now it looks like things are definitely headed in that direction. Your spouse just got home and told you that they want to end the marriage.

You're shocked. You're not sure how to react or what to do next. Here are some tips that can help:

  • Don't be afraid to give one another a bit of space. This is an emotional time. It may be best to just step back and think things through on your own before talking about it more together.
  • Stay calm. Don't get angry. You can feel upset, but don't let things spiral out of control. Talk it over in a respectful manner and really listen to what your spouse has to say.
  • Be open to future conversations. Ask questions. Let your spouse ask you anything they have on their mind. Start working together, whether this is the outcome you wanted or not.
  • Keep things between the two of you. Talking to family members and close friends may be all right, but don't tell everyone or post about it on social media.
  • Don't be overbearing. Don't demand to know where your spouse is any time you're not together, for instance.
  • If you have kids, don't put them in the middle of this. It's your situation, something the two of you need to handle. Work together to find a good time to tell them, but don't force them to get involved.

Why you should get organized when you're headed for divorce

If you were to speak with those who've gotten divorced, it's unlikely that any of them would say that the process of ending their marriage was easy. Splitting up is often both an emotional and financially jarring thing to have to go through. You can ease some of the burdens of this process by taking steps to get certain documents in order right when you see your divorce lingering on the horizon.

When your marriage is crumbling, you'll want to start gathering together real estate deeds, investment, credit card, loan or mortgage and bank statements, insurance policies, trust documents and wills.

Parental time has an impact on a child's academic success

A new article published by researchers at Ohio State University last month captures how the time that children spend with their parents has a significant impact on their academic performance.

In order to reach this conclusion, the OSU researchers reviewed data for children that had lost a parent to divorce or death in Israel. In analyzing it, they were able to determine that they were more likely to follow down an educational path on par with what their custodial parent had pursued. The researchers also found that the longer a parent was out of the picture, the less that their educational pursuits had on their child in the future.

Explaining divorce to kids: Tips to help Ohio parents

Ohio parents often encounter challenges as they navigate the family justice system to file for divorce. You no doubt thought long and hard before deciding to end your marriage and now that you've made the decision, you're concerned with how it will affect your children's lives. Communication is a valuable tool to help you explain your situation to your kids and to lay the groundwork for a strong support system that can help them (and you) as you build a new, successful lifestyle.

Talking about personal matters with children can be awkward. It's typically best to give kids small bits of information at a time, rather than trying to discuss everything all at once, as this may make them feel overwhelmed and stressed. If you keep a few, helpful ideas in mind and know where to seek outside support if needed, you can help your children develop coping skills that will assist them throughout their lives.

Ohio's divorce process can be easy with the right help

Compared to an engagement or expecting a child, divorce has a looser timeline. Some divorces are emotionally unpleasant to the people going through it. Fortunately, the Ohio court system makes the divorce process today much easier than it was in the past.

The Buckeye State's revised legal code requires people to live in Ohio for at least six months before they can apply for a divorce there. In addition, many counties require residents to have established homes for three months before they can file the paperwork at the proper county's courthouse.

What's considered an unfit parent?

Children don't come with manuals to help their moms or dads raise them leaving many of them to learn on the fly. While many adults are hard-wired to care for and nurture their own children and some grow their parenting skills the more hands-on experience that they get, others never really get the hang of parenting. There are also some parents that initially dote on their kids -- but become unfit to care for their children over time due to any number of reasons (especially alcohol and drug addiction). Some of those last two groups of parents will eventually be declared "unfit" parents and lose custody of their children.

If you're looking for a succinct definition as to what makes a parent unfit parent, however, that's hard to come by.

There are many factors to consider during a gray divorce

While recent studies have shown that divorce rates among millennials are decreasing, the number of Americans 50 or older seeking dissolutions of their marriages has doubled in recent years. Many senior couples who are seeking divorces in Westerville have been married as long as 20 years.

The reasons why the divorce rates among this population have increased over the past few years are multifold.

What constitutes custody interference in Ohio?

If your ex takes proactive measures to disrupt your right to custody or otherwise fails to adhere to the established visitation schedule, then they may be deemed to have engaged in custodial interference. Any parent who tries to undermine a court order may put their right to visitation in jeopardy. They could be held criminally liable for their actions as well.

Parents may take a number of actions that can be considered custodial interference. These include failing to return or releasing their child as outlined in a visitation schedule.

Don't let a hidden asset problem take you down in divorce

If you have friends or family members who have navigated the civil justice system in order to settle a divorce, you've likely heard more than a few stories about how stressful and contentious such proceedings can get, especially if one of the spouses involved refuses to follow the rules or to be fair. One of the most common types of proceeding problems often arises when it's time for the court to divide marital property.

Ohio is an equitable division state, which means you may not walk away from divorce with an exact 50/50 split of your assets, but you can be confident that the judge overseeing your case will determine a fair division. That can be a tremendous challenge, however, if your spouse is acting behind the scenes to try to hide assets so that you don't get all that you are entitled to at settlement.

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