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6 things your spouse can't do during a divorce

Divorce is not an overnight process, and that can lead to a lot of problems. After you tell your spouse that you want to split up, they have plenty of time to take actions that prove detrimental to you. Feeling frustrated and even angry, many people try to lash out at their significant other as the relationship ends.

It is very important to know what your spouse should and should not do at this time. To help, here are six things they can't do:

  1. Ignore any court orders. Even temporary court orders -- like those regarding child custody -- must be followed.
  2. Remove children from the country or even the local court's jurisdiction. Parental abduction is a real issue when parents fear they will lose custody.
  3. Destroy property that you both own. They may feel like they have a right to do this because they also own it, but that violates your rights and can impact the property division process.
  4. Transfer property to someone else. This is one of the most cliche ways to try to hide assets, planning to get them back from the third party after the divorce. It is not permitted.
  5. Harass you or threaten you in any way. It does not matter whether they want to get divorced or not. You have a basic right to safety.
  6. Keep you from seeing the kids. Parents need to be civil, and they can't infringe on the other parent's right to be with the children.

Male and female divorce rates in the military

Overall, divorce rates in the military tend not to change a lot from year to year, at least in recent studies. For instance, from 2014 to 2017, researchers found that they were right around 3 percent, sometimes just a touch higher.

However, the divorce rate is not always the same for male and female members of the armed services. Typically, the rate for female troops tends to be considerably higher than it is for male troops.

Higher education and examples of fraud

It has become clear in recent weeks that higher education is not immune to fraud. If you have been following the news about recent admissions scandals, you may find yourself wondering what other types of fraud impact institutions of higher learning. You are right that it's not all about admissions, and there are some other serious types of fraud that take place.

For instance, some executives -- a chairperson or a dean, for instance -- may want to give jobs to relatives and close friends. Not only could they hand out these jobs over more qualified applicants, but some of them even create fake jobs and phony positions just to get these people on the payroll.

SCOTUS limits asset forfeitures

As an Ohio resident, you may or may not know that up until last month, the government could seize your property if it accused you of having committed certain crimes. This practice, known as “policing for profit,” allowed government officials to seize any of your assets even tenuously associated with your alleged crime through civil asset forfeiture. Worse yet, law enforcement officials did not need to actually charge you with a crime, nor did a prosecutor have to convict you of one for the government to keep your assets, sell them and retain the profits made therefrom. Civil rights advocates labeled this civil asset forfeiture process “legalized theft.”

As of February 20, 2019, however, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down the civil asset forfeiture practice in the case of Timbs v. Indiana. Writing for the Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg held that the Eighth Amendment prohibiting the imposition of excessive fines applies to the states as well as to the federal government.

Driver arrested at drunk driving checkpoint

Drunk driving checkpoints can be a bit controversial. While the police maintain that they're simply trying to keep people safe, the issue is that most OVI stops have to start with reasonable suspicion that the driver may be intoxicated. Police must have a reason to stop the car. Even if they don't think the driver is drunk right away, they need another reason, such as speeding, a seat belt infraction or a broken headlight.

With a checkpoint, they simply stop most cars that come through. Is that fair to drivers? While some would argue that it's not, checkpoints remain in use in Ohio.

Officer indicted for allegedly lying about drunk driving arrest

A man who was once referred to as the "Top OVI Cop" in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, is now in legal trouble after he was indicted for allegedly lying on the witness stand and on his police report after arresting a drunk driver. That's perjury, and he's now facing serious charges after the grand jury's ruling, which means there is cause for a trial.

That arrest, which happened back on April 6, 2018, saw him take a 22-year-old man into police custody. On top of the perjury charges, the officer is being charged with falsification and evidence tampering.

Understanding dissipation of assets in divorce

Dissipation of marital assets is something that is often rooted in nothing more complex than spite. You file for a divorce. Your spouse does not want the marriage to end. To get back at you, they begin to waste the marital assets as quickly as possible, thereby preventing you from getting your fair share of them.

Dissipation of assets goes beyond mere spending. It is wasteful, intentional spending for no reason other than to get rid of assets that would otherwise have been divided.

What happens to your vacation property during a divorce?

Investing in a vacation property usually makes good financial sense. After all, adding some land to your investment portfolio is a good way to diversify. A vacation home also lets you escape the grind of everyday life and relax in a fun or scenic place. If you are thinking about a divorce, though, you may wonder what happens to your vacation property. 

There are so many fantastic places inside and outside of Ohio to own a vacation home. If you have the perfect parcel, it may be the most valuable asset you own. The property may also have significant sentimental value. Here are three suggestions for dealing with your vacation property during your divorce: 

Study finds divorce conflicts less common with $5 million or more

Wondering if you can have an amicable divorce with your spouse or if the two of you are going to work it out in court? It may depend on just how much money you have.

According to some studies, divorce conflicts start to fade away when you have a minimum value of $5 million. It is easier to be amicable. If you have less than $5 million and more than $1 million, that is when socioeconomic pressures make it more likely that you and your spouse will not see eye-to-eye, and you will spend more time in court.

It's not easy being married to someone in the military

In most relationships, the spouse comes first. If you're married to someone who is in the military, though, they essentially ask them to put the military and the country first.

This means they may have to spend long hours training. They may have to move a lot when the military says that it's time to move. They may even have to leave on deployments for months on end.

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