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Parenting from a distance after divorce

Divorced Ohio parents who must move away from their children might worry about maintaining a strong bond with those children. However, they can stay in touch with them even if they do not see them as often. Phone calls outside of scheduled times for talking as well as postcards and messages sent by email, text or social media can reassure children that their parents are thinking of them. Children may also have their own preferences about how to stay in touch that their parents can discuss with them.

Parents need to focus on ensuring that although the quantity of their time with their children may be reduced, they can still enjoy high-quality time together. One aspect of this is making sure that they plan plenty of one-on-one time with their children. This should be the case even if the parent has remarried. Parents who are dating should wait until a relationship is serious before introducing the children.

Research can help when deciding whether to divorce

Feelings of unhappiness can hit anyone at any moment. You may have been feeling unhappy or unfulfilled for some time and have tried to figure out what could be causing these feelings. One issue that you have landed on is your marriage. You understand that relationships do not always hold the spark that they had in the beginning, but you feel as if your marital issues run deeper than being in a rut.

Because you want to allow yourself to find happiness, you may be contemplating whether divorce could be the right choice for you. Understandably, you may feel uncertain and may even feel bad about having such thoughts. However, many people in Ohio and across the country have similar thoughts and feelings about ending their marriages.

Why elections could affect estate planning

There are many people in Ohio looking to make wise decisions about how to plan for the future of their assets. When people have worked hard to accumulate significant wealth over the years, they can benefit from making a plan to determine how those assets will be distributed. They may have causes or family members that they want to ensure are cared for, or they may want to avoid estate taxes to the extent possible. However, they may also be concerned about how these estate planning choices might play out in a potential divorce in the future.

Spousal lifetime access trusts or SLATs are one option that can help to protect assets over the long term, even if the estate tax exemptions change in the future. Irrevocable trusts can have a variety of benefits. For example, they can also minimize exposure to liability and protect marital assets from creditors, significant for people in professions with higher risk. In many cases, people may choose to set up SLATs in the name of each spouse listing the other spouse as a beneficiary. This can allow people to protect assets while still retaining assets.

Ohio Co-parenting: Agree to do some things while avoiding others

When you got married, did your friends and family members describe you and your spouse as two peas in a pod? Perhaps, you married your best friend. On the hand, you might be one of many Ohio spouses who say they married someone who was their complete opposite. In fact, many people say they'd much rather be married to someone whose personality was different from their own.

Being similar as spouses or starkly different doesn't guarantee that your relationship will stay intact for the rest of your life. No matter how carefully planned or thoroughly thought out ahead of time, relationships can crumble when certain problem issues remain unresolved for too long. Filing for divorce, however, doesn't mean you wish to abdicate your parental obligations. Your children are likely to fare best if you and your ex forge a peaceful, cooperative co-parenting plan.

Divorce can be handled in healthy manner

Healing from a divorce in Ohio takes time and patience. While the separation process can lead to uncertainty, it can also be an opportunity to start new projects, make new friends and generally find a new focus in life.

When a marriage ends, the ex-spouses not only lose their partnership, but they also lose the life plans and goals they made together. The result can be a feeling of loss and confusion. If approached the right way, however, a person going through a divorce can manage the process in a variety of healthy ways. To combat loneliness, a divorcee might seek solace in their friends and family, welcoming their comfort. They could also speak to a professional therapist or psychologist to gain tools to deal with the many emotions evoked by the process.

Using a power of attorney

Multiple tools are often needed to plan for end-of-life care and distributing assets in an estate. One such tool is the power of attorney. It's important for estate owners in Ohio to understand how powers of attorney work.

A power of attorney is used when a person becomes incapacitated and can no longer make decisions regarding finances. The designated agent makes financial decisions instead. Ultimately, this person can control any assets that the grantor is sole owner of. After the grantor passes, a power of attorney becomes invalid.

Can your habits lead to a divorce?

Most people who marry believe that they will stay married to their spouse for their entire lives. Sadly, that isn't always true. There are times when the best solution for everyone is divorce.

The reasons people in Ohio and elsewhere divorce are varied. Afterwards, some people say that there were "signs" they should have picked up on that indicated their marriage was on the rocks. If you're curious, experts say that there are certain habits that might predict a couple's likelihood of divorce. Though this list isn't exhaustive, these are several ways to tell that you and your spouse may not make it to forever. It may be a good idea to involve professional help if you think some of these describe your relationship.

Financial issues for older adults to consider in divorce

Older adults in Ohio may be more likely to get divorced than younger couples. The divorce risk now is more than twice as high for couples 65 and older than it was in 1990. The rate has also increased for people 55 and older.

There are a number of reasons why this is happening. Over the decades, a couple may simply be preoccupied with raising children and working. However, they might eventually find that they have grown apart. Divorce is more acceptable than in previous generations.

The fundamentals of estate planning

Ohio residents are sometimes reluctant to address estate planning issues because it can be difficult for them to contemplate their death. Another issue is the dizzying array of documents involved. Dealing with wills, trusts and powers of attorney can seem daunting to those unfamiliar with legal documents, but tackling these issues head-on ensures that loved ones will be provided for and can provide peace of mind.

One way to approach estate planning is to think of the beneficiaries who will be taken care of rather than the assets involved. A straightforward way to begin an estate plan is to draft a will and check the beneficiary designations on retirement accounts and insurance policies. Last wills and testaments are especially useful for parents as they can establish who will be appointed the guardian of their children if they should die. It is also a good idea to revisit these documents regularly or, at the very least, after a major life event like a divorce.

Lack of love, communication problems, top reasons for divorce

A study that came out in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy surveyed 2,371 people and drew some conclusions about the most common reasons for divorce. The people surveyed were from Ohio or other states, heterosexual and 45 years old, on average. Of the respondents, 44% said they had initiated the divorce, 40% said their partners initiated it, and 16% said divorce was a mutual decision. The four reasons for divorce most commonly cited by respondents were lack of love, problems with communication, lack of trust and drifting apart.

A lack of intimacy or love was cited as a catalyst for divorce by 47% of study participants. The survey was made up of open-ended questions, the answers to which were then categorized by researchers. The answers that ended up in the lack of love category included statements like "I did not love him, and he no longer loved me." Communication problems were among the primary reasons for divorce in 44% of cases. One of the people surveyed said her husband didn't talk much and that eventually led to divorce.

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