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Adoption vs. subsidized permanent guardianship

If you have been fostering a relative child in Ohio and are now considering adoption, you may also want to compare the benefits of subsidized permanent guardianship. While some families feel like adoption is the best route, others feel that this form of guardianship will be best for their situation. We at Kroener Hale Law Firm can help you determine the right option for your family and guide you every step of the way.


Is your spouse concealing assets?

Once the trust in a marriage goes, divorce often follows, and if you and your spouse are among the many Ohioans who believe your marriage may soon end, you may start preparing for life without one another.  While some marriages dissolve because of allegations of infidelity, others do so because of financial issues and disagreements. If the trust in your marriage is gone, you may have suspicions about your spouse hiding property from you, and you may be wise to do so.

Sometimes, per, husbands and wives who believe their marriages are ending will take strides to set themselves up well financially for when the marriage officially ends. If your spouse is among those doing so, he or she may make efforts slowly, and over time, to hide assets from you so that they do not ultimately factor in during asset division and divorce proceedings. For example, he or she may start selling or otherwise unloading pricy belongings to a close friend or family member with an existing agreement that this person will transfer them back, post-divorce.

Fault versus no-fault divorces

Are you facing the idea of ending your current marriage and starting over again? Your initial concept of happily-ever-after may have included your current spouse, but now you're not so sure. Yes, you still intend to be happy, but you know that you may be happier if you face the future without your current spouse at your side. 

As attitudes toward divorce soften, less people are feeling the social stigma of divorce and are choosing to live an authentic life that makes them truly happy. You may be one of those individuals considering divorce and now your head is swimming. How do I get a divorce? What are the differences between a fault and a no-fault divorce? Is there any help available to me?

What you need to know about a guardianship

If you are preparing your estate plan in Ohio, you may want to consider creating a guardianship. This legal process can be beneficial in a number of ways. We at Kroener Hale Law Firm can help you with this and any other questions you may have as we work together to plan for the future.


How should I choose a beneficiary?

Choosing a beneficiary for your estate in Ohio is a mixture of legalities and personal considerations. According to MarketWatch, you need to make sure the person you choose will be able to carry out your wishes and handle the responsibility that comes with being a beneficiary. However, you need to have one because it will ensure your family can avoid issues with probate after your death.

Making your choice is a very personal decision, but you also must keep the law in mind. For example, if you name a beneficiary who is under the age of 18, then he or she will not be able to exercise full duties until he or she becomes of age. In some situations, you may also need to name someone to manage the estate until the time your beneficiary turns 18. You should think about the tax liabilities, too, especially if you have a large estate. Generally, for example, if you leave your estate to a spouse, there will be tax breaks.

What happens if my ex-spouse does not pay child support?

While you may think that negotiations and Ohio courtroom arguments are over once your divorce is declared final, the truth is that an uncooperative spouse may force you to take legal action in order to secure child support. If your ex-spouse is not making payments, you may need professional help. We at Kroener Hale Law Firm are here to assist you with your divorce as well as any issues concerning child support that may arise in the future.


Can a single person adopt in Ohio?

If you are a single person in Ohio and want to become a parent through adoption, you may be concerned about whether or not your application will be approved. While this situation was almost always denied by adoption agencies in the mid-1900’s, officials now realize that many single parents can create great homes for children of any age.


Overcoming obstacles to fulfill the dream of stepparent adoption

Being a stepparent is difficult. You have undoubtedly experienced moments of doubt and frustration, but with persistence and compassion, you have won the heart of your stepchild. Now you are thinking that this may be the right time to adopt your stepchild to offer him or her the legal benefits of your parenthood as well as the emotional ones.

Your desire to solidify your relationship with your stepchild is a personal and delicate one. You have likely considered this move for some time but worried about the complications, especially when dealing with the child's biological parent.

How to establish paternity

If you are preparing for a divorce in Ohio and were not married to your spouse at the time your children were born, you may be concerned about whether or not you will need to establish paternity. We at Kroener Hale Law Firm can not only represent you in court, but also advise you on how to handle the intricacies of divorce, including the need to prove that you are the father of your children.


How a prenup can help a remarriage

Ohio residents who have been divorced at least one time already and have found a new love can benefit greatly from creating a prenuptial agreement before walking down the aisle again. This may be especially true if one or both of the partners in a new relationship has children from their prior marriages. What are some of the benefits of a prenup for a remarriage?

As CNBC explains, a prenuptial agreement for a couple who is getting remarried can actually function as a valuable means of estate planning. Frequently in a second marriage, people bring their own set of family heirlooms and assets to the union that each spouse's children may assume they will eventually inherit. If the parents also share these wishes, those should be documented in order to ensure that they will actually be followed.

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