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Brunswick divorce lawyersIf you have children and you are considering a divorce, you are almost certainly wondering how your divorce will impact the lives of your children. You probably know that most children are resilient are usually able to adapt fairly easily to their new, post-divorce life, but when it is your children who are involved, it may be difficult to keep that in mind. It will also be challenging to break the news about your divorce to them. Discussing divorce is almost always tough, especially with your children, but family and relationship experts have some helpful advice about how to manage the conversation.

Present a Unified Front

The initial discussion about your divorce is important, and it should be treated as such. Set aside a specific time without distractions to have the conversation. Turn off the television, put cell phones on silent, and make it a point for you and your spouse to be present and engaged.

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financial support for their children

Parents have an obligation to provide financial support for their children, whether they are married, unmarried, or divorced. In most cases, a non-custodial parent will be obligated to pay child support to provide for children's basic living expenses, such as food, clothing, and shelter. One additional expense that can become a factor in determining child support is the cost of a child's education.

Meeting Children's Educational Needs

One of the aims of child support is to provide a similar financial situation to that of a child with married parents. In addition to a parent's child support obligations, they may also be required to contribute to children's educational expenses, which can include the following:

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A Michigan man accused of mixing chemicals

A Michigan man accused of mixing chemicals while making “threats against America" on a Greyhound bus was sentenced Friday by Medina Common Pleas Judge Joyce V. Kimbler.

Michael Walker, 58, of Traverse City, Mich., pleaded no contest Friday to disrupting public services, a fourth-degree felony. Prosecutors agreed to drop two additional charges: attempted arson and possessing criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies.

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property division

In the US, there are essentially two methods for distributing the marital property of a couple that is dissolving a marriage—community property and equitable distribution. There are only a handful of community property states, most notably California, where the marital property is divided on a 50-50 basis. Ohio is in the majority of states that use equitable distribution, where property may or may not be divided equally. The applicable Ohio statute is ORC §3105.171 where the courts will look at number of factors in dividing marital property on an equitable basis.

Equitable distribution may mean “equally" in many cases where there are assets that both parties shared in or contributed in some fashion to its growth. An example is deposits to a retirement or pension fund that are made during the marriage term, which a court will generally divide equally. In other cases, however, the court will award one party a greater share of the marital assets to compensate for significant disparities in their financial condition.

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custody

When you separated or divorced, the custody of your children was either agreed upon by you and your spouse or it was determined by the court. The schedules, visitation time, child support, insurance, tax implications, and transportation and other relevant issues are in your parenting plan. Circumstances change, however, and whatever arrangement was worked out may need adjusting, or at least in you or your spouse’s mind. To obtain a change in custody, you or your Medina family law attorney will need to demonstrate to the court’s satisfaction that a change in circumstances pursuant to ORC 3109.04 has occurred. The change of circumstances to justify a change in custody must pertain to the custodial parent’s situation or in conjunction with the child’s now substantially changed medical, physical, or mental health condition.

Custody Arrangements
Your custody arrangement may be either: 1) shared parenting and/or shared legal custody though there may be division on parenting time; and, 2) sole custody where one parent is the residential parent and has sole legal custody while the other may have visitation rights and support obligations. Legal custody pertains to having the responsibility for the material decisions affecting the child’s health, safety, education, and welfare.

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