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Same-sex parents may face complicated custody issues

Going through divorce can prove difficult for any couple. However, same-sex couples may face considerably more challenging issues as they work through their divorce proceedings, especially when it comes to child custody. As a same-sex parent, you likely had to jump through many hoops to become a parent in the first place. Therefore, you undoubtedly want to remain in your child's or children's lives even after your marriage comes to an end.

How can I establish a living will?

In Ohio, you can establish a living will using a standard form. This type of form is available from various organizations and written by the Ohio State Bar Association. The OSBA specifies that you do not have to use this form, but that any living will must be stated using language from the Ohio Revised Code to be valid. Most doctors and health care facilities will also have living will forms that you can use.

QDROs and taxes

Ohio residents who may be splitting retirement account funds in a divorce settlement should understand how and what this may mean from a tax perspective. Employer retirement accounts like 401K accounts are held in only one person's name. Under normal circumstances, that named participant is the only person legally allowed to receive money from the account. In addition, any distributions made to that person that are outside the scope of retirement may be subject to early withdrawal penalties or taxes.

Child support enforcement affected by Ohio Supreme Court ruling

For divorced parents in Batavia who have custody of their children, the child support they may be receiving from their ex-spouses may be the only way that they are able to meet their families’ most basic needs. If the parents obligated to provide financial support in these situations stop making payments, the welfare of their exes as well as their children may be seriously hindered. In such cases, the threat of criminal prosecution has been a tool that state agencies have been able to rely on as a method of enforcement. That, however, may be changing in the near future.

What do I need to know about estate taxes?

When it comes to estate taxes, very few people in Ohio have a comprehensive understanding of just how this process works. While they may not apply to everyone, being aware of the basics of estate taxes is imperative to ensure you retain as much of your assets as possible so that they can be passed along to your heirs.

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