Amy M. Levine & Associates, Attorneys at Law, LLC
We now have a New Albany, Ohio location!
Map Contact
Columbus, OH 614-360-2942 614-360-2942
Huntington, WV 304-519-4354 304-519-4354
New Albany, OH 614-721-7726 614-721-7726
Main Menu
Practice Areas Menu

Columbus Legal Blog

How to implement free-range parenting in divorce

A parenting plan is a part of almost every divorce. Most parenting plans will outline many of the key factors of how two separated parents will take care of their children, including schedules for which parent gets the child when, details about time and place for exchange, some holiday scheduling considerations and other factors involved in parenting.

One thing that can get lost in a parenting plan, though, is parenting style. Everyone has a slightly different approach to parenting, even within a marriage. Married parents will generally meet somewhere in the middle in terms of their various styles of parenting. In the context of parenting plans, with the heavy focus on scheduling and administrative details, there is often not much spent on how you will parent your child.

Things You Should Not Forget After Your Divorce

A divorce is plenty stressful all on its own. With the emotional turmoil of ending a relationship and the practical matters of custody, support, division of assets and other divorce-related concerns, you are facing a serious challenge as you begin the divorce process.

But divorce will impact many other areas of your life, as well. In addition to all the changes that could happen with your children and your immediate finances, there are numerous peripheral concerns to deal with, as well.

What if your spouse is cheating?

Most married people agree that infidelity is one of the worst things one spouse can do to the other. Marital infidelity is, for many, the one thing that would justify a divorce.

But what impact does adultery have on divorce? Is it a legal ground for divorce? Does there need to be any legal grounds for divorce? And does infidelity impact any of the other aspects of divorce, like child custody or alimony?

Make Sure You Don’t Regret Your Divorce

As a family law firm, of course we see divorce as a positive thing in the right situation. We want people to be able to get out of terrible marriages and be able to start over.

However, divorce is still a big deal – it is a breaking of lifelong promises and it can cause serious challenges for both the divorcing spouses and their children – and we want to help people get divorces only when they are sure their marriages are beyond the point of salvation.

Young people are more likely to hide money from their partners

For many people, marriage is meant to be a complete sharing of everything: home, vehicles, responsibilities, and even money. But not everyone agrees with this approach. Some think that money is something that each person in a relationship should have on their own.

Although it is common for people to hide assets in their marriages and other committed relationships, this can cause serious problems in a relationship.

Who gets the dog? Pet custody rules are changing.

People love their pets. Whether you have a dog, cat, guinea pig or other furry creature, chances are you are concerned about what could happen with your pet in divorce.

Ohio law is clear in this regard: Pets are treated as property in divorce cases. The law has been settled in this matter for a long time. But is it as settled as it seems? The same laws were similarly settled in other jurisdictions, yet they are changing rapidly. Could similar changes be coming soon to Ohio?

Need to know if your spouse is cheating? There’s an app for that.

Most people can hang on in a difficult relationship through almost anything. Almost anything. Except the most absolutely die-hard committed spouses, marital infidelity (cheating) is the one thing that they cannot work through and keep the marriage alive. It is the last straw for most people.

But for many in a struggling relationship, they aren’t sure whether their spouse is really cheating on them. You might be in this position: You are definitely struggling in the relationship, your partner seems distant and you have your suspicions. But you don’t want to quit on the relationship until you know for sure. What can you do?

Marriage can be dissolved, but shared debt could last a lifetime.

If you are considering a divorce or if you’ve already initiated the divorce process, you’re probably thinking about starting your new life and the newfound freedom that lies ahead.

However, while divorce might seem like a complete detangling of your life from your spouse’s life, there is one thing that will continue binding you to your ex-spouse until it is handled completely: your shared debt.

Protecting Your Children in Divorce

The children are often the most pressing concern for divorcing spouses. Traditionally, the divorce process would involve both parties fighting it out in the courtroom, battling for victory on every disputed issue that arises. Far too often, the children are caught in the middle of this battle, and they are the ones who suffer the most in the process.

Divorce mediation can provide a strong solution to the emotional challenges of children in the divorce process. Where traditional courtroom process does little to protect children, mediation offers a process that keeps the children out of the conflict and gets results that are more sensitive the needs of the children.

Protecting Yourself in Divorce

One of the major misconceptions of divorce is that the courtroom battle is the only way to win your respect and get the outcome you need. If you aren’t willing to fight it out in court, the reasoning goes, you will probably lose your opportunity to get the financial outcome you need and the parental rights you deserve.

There is a Better Way

CBA Columbus Bar Association BBB A+ Accredited Business CEC Credit Education Coalition