Navigating Breakups Beyond “Yours & Mine”: Partition Actions for Unmarried Couples

Love can blossom anywhere, and sometimes, couples choose to build lives together without tying the knot. While this path offers freedom and flexibility, it also presents unique challenges when the relationship ends. One such challenge involves dividing jointly acquired assets, especially when ownership isn't explicitly defined. This is where partition actions come in, offering a legal framework for resolving property disputes between unmarried couples. Let's face it: breakups are hard enough without the added stress of figuring out who gets what. If you and your ex co-owned property, furniture, vehicles, or other valuable items, partition actions can provide a structured and potentially amicable way to divide belongings fairly. Here's why you might need a partition action: You co-purchased a house or car. You jointly invested in furniture, artwork, or other valuables. You inherited property together but aren't married. You shared business ventures or jointly owned assets during your relationship. Key points to remember: Unmarried couples don't have the same automatic property rights as married couples. There's no "community property" concept, so ownership defaults to whoever's name is on the title or documentation. Verbal agreements or "gentleman's agreements" rarely hold up in court. Clear documentation or proof of financial contributions is crucial. Partition actions involve filing a lawsuit and potentially going to court. While it can be lengthy and expensive, it offers a structured legal solution when negotiations fail. How can we help? Godbey Law LLC’s experienced attorneys understand the complexities of partition actions for unmarried couples. We can guide you [...]

Will the new year include a new child custody plan?

In addition to shopping for gifts and planning holiday parties, you might be one of many Ohio parents who are also preparing for divorce proceedings before the new year. Your children’s well-being will no doubt be a central focus. One of the issues you must resolve is child custody, including physical custody (where they will live) and legal custody (decision-making authority). If you’re not opposed to thinking outside the box or trying a unique arrangement, and you get along well (or well enough) with your ex, you might consider incorporating a bird nesting arrangement into your new child custody plan. One of the benefits of this type of agreement is that you won’t have to sell your house after finalizing your divorce because your children will live in it full-time, and you and your ex will take turns living with them. Here’s how bird nest child custody works In a bird nest custody plan, your kids keep living in the home you all shared during your marriage. You and your ex will create a rotating schedule and take turns living with the kids. The schedule is up to you. You might want to switch off every week or every three to six weeks, whichever best fits your family’s needs. Where do you live when it’s not your turn? When it’s not your turn for custody, you, of course, will need to have a secondary residence. To save money, you and your ex can agree to rent a small studio apartment. [...]

Divorce doesn’t have to be contentious

It’s a common thought that ending a marriage is an arduous process that is filled with stress and conflict. But divorce can be an amicable process and spouses who divorce do not have to be enemies. Here are a few ways Ohio residents can make the process of divorce more peaceful and less stressful. Be clear and cordial In a divorce, emotions will be running high but don’t let them take over. When communicating with a spouse, do so in a cordial but clear manner. It is helpful to think of the other party as a business colleague with the goal being to resolve the divorce as quickly and amicably as possible. Compromise Just like marriages, an efficient and amicable divorce requires compromise. It can be helpful to make a list and prioritize what is open for compromise and what is not. Focus on what matters most, then leave the rest. Empathy Divorce can leave anyone feeling upset, angry and frustrated with their ex. Instead of letting negative emotions rule interactions, try to approach each situation with empathy. If one spouse shows understanding and empathy, the other spouse will be more likely to reciprocate. Professional help Divorce can be a lengthy process, so commit to getting through it amicably and things will get easier with time. Ending a marriage can be a much-needed change and a time to regain independence. However, the process of divorce can also be very confusing, especially when it comes to the legalities. Those in Ohio [...]

2023-12-26T15:33:31+00:00December 22, 2023|Divorce & Family Law|

Shared Parenting at the Holidays

PLEASE TAKE OUR ONE-MINUTE SURVEY How are you dealing with your shared parenting schedule during this holiday time? We want to know! Please take this 1-minute survey. It could help other parents by giving them a glimpse of how other families handle the situation. All survey responses are 100% anonymous. The holiday season can be a particularly challenging time for parents who are going through a custody battle. Not only are they dealing with the stress and emotions of the situation, but they also have to figure out how to balance their time with their children and make sure that they get to spend the holidays with their family. As a law firm that deals with custody cases, we understand the difficulties that parents are facing during this time of year. We also know that it’s important for children to be able to spend time with both of their parents during the holidays, so we have some tips and advice for parents who are trying to navigate the custody process during this time. First and foremost, it’s important for parents to communicate with each other and try to come to a mutually-agreeable custody arrangement. This can be difficult, especially if there are a lot of hard feelings between the parents, but it’s important for the sake of the children. If the parents are unable to come to an agreement on their own, a mediator can help facilitate the process and come up with a plan that works for both parties. [...]

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