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    Movement to Open Adoption Records Boosted in Ohio

    A movement to open adoption records that began in the 1990s recently got a major boost. On December 19, 2013, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a bill that is set to open adoption records for hundreds of thousands of adopted Ohioans. The law gives the birth parents of adopted children one year to file a […]

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014. Filed under Family Law.

    Why Are Baby Boomer Divorces Surging As Overall Divorce Rates Decline?

    There is good news and bad news in the world of marriage and divorce. The good news: the divorce rate in the U.S. has fallen to just above 40 percent after years of a 50 percent plateau. The bad: that overall decline has taken place in spite of a huge surge in divorces among baby […]

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014. Filed under Divorce.

    In Many Divorces, Hiring Experts is Key

    If you think divorce may be in your future, you probably understand the difference that hiring an experienced attorney will make for your case. The process will almost certainly be faster and easier, will produce a better end result, and may even save you money. This difference is not made because attorneys are smarter than […]

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013. Filed under Divorce.

    How to Protect your Finances When Considering Divorce

    When you and your spouse are contemplating separation or divorce, it is important to consider specific actions to safeguard your assets from dissipation by your spouse. The likelihood of your spouse taking actions against which you must protect yourself must be weighed against the likelihood that taking those protections will anger or alienate your spouse, […]

    Posted on Friday, November 22nd, 2013. Filed under Divorce, News & Press.

    Unmarried Cohabitation is on the Rise, but Even ‘Nearlyweds’ Need Legal Protections

    Marriage rates in the United States have been declining for years. A recently-released study from the National Center for Marriage and Family Research at Bowling Green State University found that the marriage rate is 31.1 per 1,000 unmarried women. In other words, 31 of every 1,000 unmarried women in the U.S. get married each year. […]

    Posted on Monday, September 23rd, 2013. Filed under News & Press.

    Postnuptial Agreements Fill Prenup Need for Married Couples

    Prenuptial agreements, or “prenups,” have become increasingly popular over the years. A large portion of marriages end in divorce, and too many divorces result in lengthy court battles over alimony and the division of assets. Properly executed, prenuptial agreements prevent those legal battles by predetermining such financial matters under mutually-agreed-upon terms. Some people do not […]

    Posted on Friday, August 30th, 2013. Filed under Family Law, News & Press.

    Supreme Court Rules on Two Gay Marriage Cases

    Proponents of gay marriage rights celebrated two major Supreme Court decisions announced on the final day of the court’s term. The court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and, by declining to decide a case on California’s Proposition 8, effectively permitted same-sex marriages in the state. The rulings do not affect existing laws in […]

    Posted on Monday, July 29th, 2013. Filed under Family Law, News & Press.

    How a Child Custody Evaluation Works and How to Prepare for One

    When parents divorce most will attempt, perhaps with the help of an attorney, to come to a mutual agreement on how to arrange custody of their children. In cases where there is agreement, a parenting plan and time-sharing schedule is submitted to the court. A peaceful agreement that meets the needs of all involved truly […]

    Posted on Friday, June 28th, 2013. Filed under Family Law.

    When Divorce and Bankruptcy are On the Table, Consider Both Together

    Money is a factor in many divorces, and often at least one party is contemplating filing bankruptcy at the same time the couple are considering divorce. Both spouses are equally responsible for debts incurred during a marriage. A divorce settlement will divide the debts between the two parties, but creditors can still attempt to collect […]

    Posted on Thursday, May 23rd, 2013. Filed under Bankruptcy, Divorce.

    Factors Affecting Alimony in a Florida Divorce

    The Florida Statutes specify ten factors that may determine whether and how much alimony is awarded in a Florida divorce. The statute specifies that this is not an exhaustive list; other factors may be considered as well. But understanding the statute will allow you to know the vast majority of what determines alimony awards in […]

    Posted on Friday, April 5th, 2013. Filed under Alimony, Family Law.