Amy M. Levine & Associates, Attorneys at Law, LLC

Call For A Free Consultation

OH 614-360-2942
WV 304-519-4354

Aggressive, Caring Representation

Columbus Divorce Law Blog

Putative father registries: Good intention wrapped in red tape?

Thirty-three states have putative father registries. Ohio is one of them. If you haven't heard of it, don't get down on yourself. As many familiar with this particular area of family law are aware, such programs often exist in obscurity.

Putative Father Registries have been around for more than 30 years. The intent behind them is to provide an unmarried man who may be the father of a child notice from the government if the mother decides to give the child up for adoption.

It must be noted that the registry does not represent the exercise of parenting rights. The focus is on sharing information and creating opportunities for a biological father to act. To establish and pursue your rights, it is always best to consult with an attorney about available options.

What kids may think, but may not say, re: parents' divorce

It is perhaps one of the great conundrums of life that couple's often wind up getting a divorce because they never figured out how to productively communicate during marriage. What is equally intriguing is how important good communication is for effectively reaching terms that will allow the ex-spouses to resolve all their divorce-related issues so they can close one chapter and get on with the next.

Property division and questions of spousal support issues can be tricky to untangle. And if children are involved, the matters of custody and child support can pose challenges. An attorney's help in navigating such potentially troubled waters tends to be crucial.

Study says Twitter and divorce are related, but are they?

Our look at the role of the internet in divorce over the last week or two continues with this blog post, as a new study has been released saying that the use of Twitter is related to infidelity and divorce. That may not sound too surprising, but what will shock you is how flimsy the study actually is.

The study only selected people from its participant pool that used Twitter and that had a partner or former partner who used Twitter. They ended up with 514 participants, which is hardly a definitive look at how Twitter use and divorce relate to each another. And to top it all off, there was no control group. So the data is not comparable to anything.

After the divorce, is it time to unplug from Facebook?

For a long time, Facebook was as close to a "universal" internet login as there could be. It's not that Facebook has suddenly lost its reach. It's still an ubiquitous member of the internet community. However, it seems it has lost a certain something over the last few years. People are starting to talk about unplugging from the social media giant, as they would rather spend their time looking up at an actual person rather than looking down at virtual people on their cellphone.

So how does this pertain to divorce? What does the proliferation of Facebook and the use of this social media site have to do with legally saying goodbye to your spouse?

Online divorce may not be all it's cracked up to be

There will always be ideas and offers out there to try to make divorce "simpler." While it's true that certain divorces can be made simpler if they use certain processes, such as mediation or alternative conflict resolution, what we mean by "simpler" in this case is a very quick divorce with little paperwork.

That sounds great, doesn't it? Except that is usually is a lie, or it ends up not benefitting one of the spouses, or even both spouses. Divorce is a complicated matter with a lot of factors at play, and every case is unique. You can't just speed through this process. You have to take your time with it and approach every issue appropriately. You may be able to expedite the divorce by going through mediation, but it will still take some time to complete.

Who keeps the engagement ring when the wedding gets called off?

Let's say that you and your sweetheart have finally reached the point where you are ready for marriage. The two of you say "yes" and it's off to dreamland, right? That's the way it's supposed to go -- but it doesn't always end in such a happy fashion.

In fact, there are plenty of examples where the engagement itself is fuel for some unexpected stressors. If the couple is unable to deal with these stressors, then their relationship may fall apart. That's when a really interesting question gets raised: what happens to the engagement ring? Who gets possession of the ring, and what kind of case can be made by either party to obtain the ring?

'Equal split' is not a guarantee with certain assets in divorce

One of the great myths about property division is that financial assets are simply "pots of money" that can somehow be divided right down the middle. In some cases that is possible, but in many other cases the ability to reach a "fair" division of the assets is difficult. There are plenty of rules and laws that apply to the division of financial property in a divorce, and many of these rules -- and even the tax implications -- can change how an asset is divided, or if a spouse even wants to fight for the asset in the first place.

So what can a divorcing couple do to prepare themselves for the often-difficult task of property division?

Man's failure to pay child support leads to 6-month jail sentence

Last week, we wrote about a man who hid some assets from his wife during the divorce process and went to jail for it. While the act of hiding assets is less common than you would think, the act of failing to pay child support is well documented. Take the recent story of a 62-year-old man who was sent to jail because he failed to pay $90,000 in child support since 1999. He will be in a federal prison for six months as a result of his failure to pay.

The man also owes $73,000 in restitution, which seemingly wasn't paid either. All told, the man owes more than $160,000 in child support and related fees.

Effective co-parenting can make things easier for everyone

When you and your spouse decide it is time to file for divorce, the coming weeks and months may not be filled with the warmest of feelings for each other. That doesn't mean you have to be combative and upset with each other all the time -- but, it is unlikely you'll be going out to the movies together and sharing a fine meal afterwards.

While this dynamic is "ok" -- if not expected in most divorce cases -- the dynamic changes when a child is involved. Now it's no longer just about you and your feelings of heartbreak. You have to consider your son or daughter, and how they are coping with this major change in their life. You and your spouse have to be a team without being the legally-recognized team you once were in order to make a child custody arrangement work.

Man hides assets after divorce, gets long prison sentence for it

While the following story did not occur here in Columbus, Ohio, it still demonstrates what not to do when you go through a divorce.

Many people have probably heard of divorce stories where one of the splitting spouses hides his or her assets in a foreign account or by some other means. You may think to yourself "how did they manage to do that?" Well, a man who went through a tough divorce with his ex-wife shows just what lengths you have to go to in order to hide your assets -- and the punishment that awaits you if your plot is discovered.

Columbus Office
147 Thurman Avenue
Columbus, OH 43206
614-360-2942 local
614-224-5299 fax
Columbus Family Law Office

Huntington Office
1330 Commerce Avenue, Suite 1
Huntington, WV 25701
304-519-4354 local
304-522-6954 fax
Map & Directions