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Is it possible to divorce-proof a marriage?

Obviously, when you get married, you never expect to end up in an Ohio divorce court. However, the reality is that many couples do end up divorced. You may wonder if there are certain qualities or characteristics of couples who divorce which could point to what not to do if you want your marriage to last. While there is no guarantee that your marriage will last, there may actually be things you can do that reduce the chances of it ending.

A deeper understanding of gray divorce cases

Ohio residents are living longer these days, much like the rest of the country. With increased life expectancy comes a variety of opportunities for growth in relationships, but there are also increased risks that a couple will become exposed to factors leading to the dissolution of marriage. Older people tend to use caution when approaching divorce, and this affects the tone of the proceedings in some specific ways.

Talking to children about divorce

Divorce can be tough for many reasons, but it is often especially hard for families. Aside from the additional stressors that parents may face, such as difficulties due to a custody dispute or child support, children can also be affected by their parents' decision to call off the marriage. If you have children and are in the middle of a divorce or are thinking about filing for divorce, it is important for you to do whatever you can to make the transition easier for your kids. For example, it may be very helpful for you to discuss what's happening with them.

What factors can influence your divorce proceedings?

Ohio couples who have decided to get a divorce have some control over how the divorce will play out, but don't have complete control. At the Kroener Hale Law Firm, we work with you to prepare you for the path your divorce might take by showing what can affect the proceedings.

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.

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.

Benefits of a QDRO

If you and your spouse are contemplating getting a divorce in Ohio, one of the big concerns you may have is about how to accurately split up your marital assets and debts. Like many other couples, your retirement account savings may be among some of your most valuable assets. The thought of losing half of these savings can be difficult to consider but even worse is the thought of paying high amounts of taxes or penalties by withdrawing money form a 401K account prematurely.

Is it too late to file for a divorce?

As an older resident in Ohio, you may be wondering if you're past the age where divorcing your spouse would be possible. However, "gray divorce" - or the divorce of older couples - is on the rise as more people just like you realize that it's never too late to live your best life.

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.

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