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Divorce mediation for Dayton residents (Part 2)


As we began discussing last week on our blog, Dayton residents may find that mediation provides some advantages over the traditional process (i.e., litigation) of ending a marriage. It can help ease tensions and lay the groundwork for a better co-parenting relationship post-divorce; it can also save money and produce an agreement more likely to endure over the long term.

Divorce mediation for Dayton residents (Part 1)


Dayton residents who are separating at the end of a marriage will often follow the traditional process. A litigated divorce is what we've all seen and heard about - both sides retain attorneys and present their arguments to a judge, who eventually makes a final ruling on property division and other matters. However, a less traditional but increasingly common alternative process may offer a beneficial alternative to couples in certain situations.

Property division and debt in Ohio family law


After our recent post on this Dayton family law blog concerning the $10 million in debt that Mary J. Blige allegedly incurred during her marriage, some readers may have questions about what happens to debt at the end of a marriage. Just what does our state say about debt and divorce?

Be careful when timing a divorce based on financial factors


Sometimes ending a marriage is a decision Dayton spouses make based solely on emotional considerations. Other times, however, other factors have to be weighed carefully, particularly financial ones. Some may base the timing of the actual divorce filing around financial milestones, even after they've decided in their hearts to seek a divorce. However, it is important to make sure those considerations are fully understood.

Managing cash settlements and property division

At the end of a marriage, many Dayton spouses will find themselves primarily concerned with splitting up property obtained during the marriage. There are oftentimes tangible items with sentimental value that will naturally be one focus of property division during the divorce process.

Artwork highlights issues of non-traditional property division


When married couples in Dayton go their separate ways, there will be numerous assets to divide between them. Many of these are common and are expected in a divorce, like a home and furnishings, vehicles, bank accounts and other typical assets. Property division can become more complex in a high-asset divorce, however, with nontraditional assets like artwork sometimes dwarfing the value of others.

Five ways to prepare for a divorce in the new year


New year, new you. That's the mantra for many people coming into the new year. However, those that are contemplating or are in the process of a divorce take that phrase to a whole new level. Divorce signals not only the legal end of a relationship but the turning of a page for the newly single. It can help to jumpstart a person and to get their life headed in a direction that's beneficial for them and their family.

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