Face it, folks. No matter who you are or how long you have been married, you are never out of the woods when it comes to the possibility of getting a divorce. Our firm has handled many divorces that you would classify as a long term marriage. We have handled divorces involving a sixty-one (61) year marriage, a fifty-five (55) year marriage and many more with forty or more years of marriage between the parties. We have also handled divorces involving marriages that have lasted less than six (6) months. We have handled the whole gamut.
Based on our experience, no one, with complete 100% confidence, guarantee that they will not get divorced. Marriage is a two way street, and when one of the parties to the marriage decides that they don’t want to be on that street anymore or try out another street, you, my friend, are headed toward a divorce. Over the years of marriage, people change. Sometimes that change is for the better and sometimes that change is for the worse. Sometimes the parties adapt to the change and continue on with their marriage. However, sometimes the parties do not adapt and a divorce or dissolution follows.
There are two (2) main issues when dealing with a divorce case involving children. Those issues are Children and Assets/Debts. If the parties have children who have not yet graduated high school, the court will have to address which party is the Residential Parent and which party is the Non-Residential Parent. A few years back the Ohio Legislature amended the divorce laws and removed the words Custody and Visitation from the Ohio Revised Code. So now when the word “Custody” is used you are actually talking about who will be “Residential Parent” and who will be “Non Residential Parent.” Likewise the word “Visitation,” has been changed to “Parenting Time.” In addition to these changes the words “Joint Custody,” have also been changed to “Shared Parenting.”