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Will Arnett files for divorce 18 months after separation began

When people are discussing the traits they most want in a spouse, whether they live in Ohio or elsewhere, a sense of humor is almost always high on the list of what they're looking for. For comedian Will Arnett, that quality was apparently not enough to prevent the dissolution of his marriage. He recently filed for divorce from fellow comic and wife, Amy Poehler.

Poehler and Arnett have been married for nine years. Arnett rose in popularity with the success of the television sitcom, "Arrested Development." Poehler is best known for her stints on "Saturday Night Live" and the comedy show "Parks and Recreation." Arnett was married previously, but this was Poehler's first marriage. They share two young sons.

Results of study saying Twitter causes divorce questioned

More and more people are using social media formats, like Facebook and Twitter, to connect with each other. A recent study looked at whether that phenomenon is having any impact on marriage and divorce rates. Readers from Ohio and elsewhere whose significant others are regular Twitter users may be interested in what they found.

The study, done by a doctoral student, claims that using Twitter on a regular basis could be a determining factor in infidelity and divorce. It posited that Twitter usage could hurt the romantic futures of the people who use it on a regular basis. It said to enable a lasting relationship, Twitter aficionados should not use it excessively but instead should maintain "moderate" levels of participation.

Investments, retirement, property division and divorce

Filing for divorce requires couples to reevaluate their assets in order to reach an agreement for sharing the value. While in most cases a divorce is considered a 50/50 split, some assets, such as financial investments, are not so simply divided. Ohio couples should likely approach these assets by keeping in mind each party's financial needs, goals and time invested.

Approaching these assets with a practical approach will typically require both parties to make a detailed list of all assets, including joint and individual checking and savings accounts, as well as investments, employment benefits and insurance policies. Once a comprehensive list has been made, the values should be recorded with consideration of the taxable liabilities associated with those accounts. The separation process can involve penalties and additional taxes that could dramatically reduce the available assets within that account.

Child custody battle over Paul Walker's daughter avoided

When an Ohio grandmother loses a child, it is not uncommon for her to be concerned over the well-being of any grandchild. Especially if the child's parents were not living together at the time of the death. Since the death of actor Paul Walker last November, his 15-year-old daughter had been living with her grandmother, who recently attempted to obtain child custody of her granddaughter.

The grandmother was reported to be concerned about her grandchild's biological mother allegedly having an alcohol abuse problem. The mother's DUI history caused this concern, as she was evidently convicted on a DUI charge in 2003 and allegedly has another DUI charge outstanding in Hawaii. The girl's mother claimed that she was caught unawares and knew nothing about the grandmother's intention to file for guardianship.

How to handle a gray divorce without trauma to adult children

Adults over the age of 50, in Ohio and across the country, are getting divorced in record numbers, according to recent studies. Their children, although typically already adults themselves, can find the process unsettling. Here are some tips on how to handle a "gray" divorce with a minimum of trauma.

Respect personal boundaries. It's true that an adult is better able to understand more mature topics than a younger child might be. However, many have no desire to hear about their parents' sex lives or dating adventures.

Does living together before marriage lead to divorce?

For many years, the belief has been that living together before marriage is not a good way to form a long-lasting relationship. In fact, many people in Ohio and elsewhere believe that a couple that cohabitates without first exchanging wedding vows is ultimately headed for divorce court. New research indicates that may not actually be true.

A recent study claims there is no correlation exists between living together before marriage and a subsequent divorce. It says that if the numbers are analyzed correctly, the two have little to no bearing on each other. Instead, age is seen as the most important indicator of future marital success.

How does divorce affect college? What Ohio parents should know

When a couple breaks up, whether they're from Ohio or elsewhere, most spend a good deal of time dividing their assets and responsibilities. Details about healthcare costs and custody schedules require a definite time commitment to iron out before a divorce is finalized. Oddly enough, even the most conscientious couples can ignore the need to determine who is doing what when the discussion turns to their offspring's college years. Here are some tips that can help avoid pitfalls in the future.

Figure it out right from the beginning. Even if a couple's children are young enough that college seems far away, they should work through the initial commitments that they make. It may be too early to completely finalize everything, but at least if there's something in place there is a baseline from which to start.

Ohio teacher helps to save 4 victims of domestic violence

Walking the tightrope of protecting abused children and recognizing the rights of parents makes it difficult for social workers in Ohio to assess situations when child abuse or domestic violence is suspected. No matter how fast the response is, when suspected cases are reported, the authorities may simply perform a superficial check. Where domestic violence or child abuse is present, the victims are often scared of admitting anything in the presence of the abusers.

When a teacher at a virtual school in Ohio received an online message from a child reporting abuse, she wasted no time in calling the authorities. Minutes later a deputy sheriff and a worker from children's services were on their way to investigate. Without the authorization of the parents, they were unable to examine the children and received only denial. They had to leave none the wiser.

Proposed Ohio law hopes to assist domestic violence victims

Victims of domestic violence often stay with their abusers and remain silent about their ordeal. For that reason, it is likely that domestic violence statistics here in Ohio and elsewhere are not accurate. In our state, there were 68,000 reported incidents in 2012, which led to over 41,000 arrests. In addition, 68 deaths that year were reportedly attributed to domestic abuse. One lawmaker in Westerville has sponsored a bill that seeks to assist victims so they can get out of abusive situations.

The bill, if passed, will allow victims to take up to five days of unpaid leave from work so they can address legal and medical issues related to their situations. This time might be used to obtain a protection order or seek medical treatment for injuries. The lawmaker also hopes that the bill can assist victims by allowing them to break their lease and move into new housing -- if they share a residence with their abusers.

Divorce in Ohio may increase a person's credit score

People who go through divorce often remember the most difficult aspects of the process. For example, fighting over who will get to keep the car or the house may be unpleasant and exhausting. Being anxious about who may end up with primary custody of the kids following divorce in Ohio can be taxing as well. However, every cloud does have a silver lining. According to a recent survey, people found that their credit scores actually spiked after they finally made the decision to get divorced.

About 30 percent of consumers who were surveyed said they saw their scores rise significantly. More than 500 people were questioned. These individuals came from a myriad of locations and educational backgrounds, and they had varying income levels and were different ages.

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