Tag: divorce

Sofia Vergara and the Fate of an Embryo

Actress Sofia Vergara recently had a public dispute with her ex-fiance Nick Loeb over their frozen embryos. It has been reported that Vergara and Loeb created two embryos. An embryo is created in a lab by fertilizing a woman’s egg with a man’s sperm. When the couple parted ways, Loeb sued Vergara for control of the embryos. Loeb would like to use the two embryos to have children through the use of a surrogate, whereas Vergara wishes to keep the embryos frozen. Prior to creating the embryos, the couple had signed a contract that stated that both parties had to agree to bring the embryos to term. Should… Read the rest

How Does a Domestic Relations Court in Ohio Divide Property in a Divorce?

If you and your spouse are unable to divide your property via a Separation Agreement in a Dissolution of Marriage or Settlement Agreement in a Divorce proceeding, the Court will need to do it for you.  In order divide your property, the Court will go through the following steps.

First, the Court will determine which property is separate property and which is marital property.

Separate property means any of the following: an inheritance received by a spouse during the marriage; any property acquired by a spouse prior to the date of marriage; passive income and appreciation acquired from separate… Read the rest

Social Security Survivor Benefits- Do You Qualify?

Survivor Benefits are benefits paid to the surviving spouse, divorced spouse, children or parents of a deceased worker. 

In order to qualify for Social Security Survivor Benefits, you must meet certain criteria.

First, the deceased must have the requisite number of work credits. The number of work credits required varies depending on the year he was born, the year he died or became disabled, and his age at death.  The maximum number of work credits required is 40- the equivalent of 10 years of work.  To find the number of work credits required of a deceased worker, see www.ssa.gov.

Second, you… Read the rest

How Will my Divorce or Remarriage Affect my Dependent or Survivor Social Security Benefits?

Dependent Benefits

Divorce- If you are divorced, you are still eligible for dependents benefits based on your former spouse’s record if the marriage lasted at least ten years, the divorced became final at least two years prior and both you and former spouse have reached age 62, regardless of whether your spouse has begun receiving benefits himself.  

Remarriage- Your former spouse’s remarriage has no effect on your ability to collect dependent benefits on his earning record.  However, your own remarriage will cause you to lose the ability to collect dependent benefits on your former spouse’s… Read the rest

I Want a Dissolution of Marriage, Now What?

First, make sure your spouse is on the same page.  In order to obtain a dissolution of marriage, both you and your spouse must not only agree to terminate your marriage, but also must agree to all the terms.  If you and your spouse cannot agree, then you will have to file for divorce in order to end your marriage. 

The following is a list of issues that must be settled with your spouse in order to obtain a dissolution of marriage:

1.)    Division of all your property and debts– This includes division of all real estate, bank accounts, retirement accounts, personal property, credit card debts, … Read the rest