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Divorcing Someone with a Personality Disorder

Posted Date:August 20, 2016 | Categories: Divorce and Dissolution

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Decades of combined experience have taught the Columbus, Ohio, divorce attorneys with Edward F. Whipps & Associates that personality disorders lie at the root of many troubled marriages. The paranoia, compulsive behaviors, obsessions, narcissism, mood swings, and/or withdrawal from society that mark different kinds of personality disorders can make sharing a home and child care duties with an afflicted partner impossible. 

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Understanding Military Divorce

Posted Date:August 12, 2016 | Categories: Divorce and Dissolution

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Ending a marriage to an active duty, reserve, National Guard, or retired service member raises tough questions about spousal support, child custody, child support, and access to housing and tax benefits. Also since divorce, dissolution, annulment, and legal separation cases are handled in state courts, free legal advisers available to military spouses through the various branches can generally not represent a husband or wife in negotiations, mediation, arbitration’s, and hearings. In fact, one online clearinghouse for military family law information plainly states, “For military divorce or legal separation situations that require representation in civil court or involve contested issues such as child custody, spousal/child support or division of assets like retirement pay, it is recommended that you consult with a civilian attorney who is knowledgeable of the divorce laws of your particular state and has extensive experience with military-related family law.” 

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When You Should Consider Binding Arbitration

Posted Date:August 8, 2016 | Categories: Divorce and Dissolution

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Binding arbitration is one of the most commonly used forms of alternative dispute resolution. The process takes the place of a trial and ends ongoing negotiations over the matter decided by the arbitrator. For family law disputes, binding arbitration is available for deciding the 

  • Award of spousal support/alimony
  • Amount of child support
  • Property division in divorce
  • Assignment of debt in divorce
  • Sharing of retirement and insurance benefits 
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Why You Should Hire a Family Law Attorney

Posted Date:August 4, 2016 | Categories: Divorce and Dissolution

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Family law encompasses a wide range of situations that affect how you and those closest to you live. Adoption, child custody and support, marriage and divorce, business ownership and shared finances, and even determinations of physical capacity and mental competence fall within the scope of family law

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How to Choose a Divorce Lawyer

Posted Date:August 3, 2016 | Categories: Divorce and Dissolution

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Choosing the right Ohio divorce lawyer to advise and represent you makes going through the difficult process of ending your marriage easier and, potentially, more successful. You need to trust your attorney, and expense will be a concern. More than anything, you must feel confident that the individual you select to represent your best interests while also taking account of the safety, health, and security of your children will meet his or her professional obligations to do all those things. 

The legal team of family law attorneys with Edward F. Whipps & Associates have decades of combined experience helping both men and women in divorce cases, child custody disputes, and requests to modify agreements regarding spousal support and property division. Those cases have taught us much about how to work with all types of clients and solve tough problems while working within the strictures of civil and family law. They have also convinced us that no one lawyer or law firm can serve every person. 

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Is Divorce Always the Best Option?

Posted Date:July 31, 2016 | Categories: Divorce and Dissolution

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When reconciling with your spouse no longer appears possible, you have several ways to end your marriage legally. Divorce is not always the best option. It may prove too final. Going through a lengthy, costly, and contentious legal process may not be necessary. You or your spouse may want to legally claim no marriage ever existed. 

Consulting with an experienced and caring Ohio divorce lawyer can help you weigh your options. Before you schedule an appointment, get a sense for which path you may want to follow by reading through these brief descriptions of the possible benefits of a legal separation, an uncontested divorce, a marriage dissolution, or an annulment. 

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The Top 3 Reasons to Choose Dissolution Over Divorce

Posted Date:July 1, 2016 | Categories: Divorce and Dissolution

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Ending a marriage in Ohio by going through the dissolution process can limit tensions and reduce expenses. To deliver those benefits, however, both partners must commit from the beginning to act respectfully, communicate honestly, and strive to build on points of agreement rather than exploit differences. When spouses observe those principles, dissolution has three distinct advantages. 

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What is Uncontested Divorce?

Posted Date:June 10, 2016 | Categories: Divorce and Dissolution

Columbus, Ohio divorce lawyers

Completing an uncontested divorce requires having the spouse named as the defendant affirm that he or she will not deny of the claims made by the plaintiff. Reaching that point usually takes a fair amount of negotiation and/or mediation, which is also true for other kinds of divorce and marriage dissolution proceedings. To understand why pursuing an uncontested divorce can make sense even if doing so is not necessarily “easier,” consider how other ways to end a marriage work: 

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Why You Should Hire a Family Law Attorney for Your High-Asset Divorce

Posted Date:May 21, 2016 | Categories: Divorce and Dissolution

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Each divorce raises questions over the division property, the assignment of debts, the award of spousal support, and sharing retirement benefits. Reaching fair and mutually acceptable decisions regarding each of these matters becomes increasingly difficult as the shared assets and total financial worth of the divorcing couple rises. Rather than simply being an issue of more money, more problems, having significant assets complicates divorce because the marriage gives both spouses legitimate and disputable claims to ownership over the money, real estate, investments, and salable items like jewelry, cars, and houses. 

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Enforcing Your Divorce Decree

Posted Date:March 25, 2015 | Categories: Divorce and Dissolution

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Signing a divorce decree obligates you and your former spouse to fulfill each of the agreed-upon conditions. While circumstances may make minor, occasional, and unintentional violations unavoidable and forgivable, resolving long-term problems requires going back to court to compel compliance. Three reasons you may need to enforce a divorce decree are when your previous partner:

  • Stops making spousal support (alimony) and child-support payments
  • Refuses to allow visits with your children or keeps your kids longer than specified in divorce papers
  • Retains more proceeds from the sale of shared property or refuses to surrender listed items
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