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November 2016 Archives

Divorce rate lower while marriage rates increase

Ohio residents may be encouraged by new data from the National Center for Family and Marriage Research. It shows that marriage rates have increased while divorce rates have dropped. In 2015, there were 32.2 marriages for every 1,000 women aged 15 and older who were unmarried. This is an increase from 31.9 in 2014, and it represents the largest number of marriages since 2009. In 2015, the divorce rate was 16.9 divorces per 1,000 married women aged 15 and older.

Paying off student loans after divorce

If an Ohio resident takes out a student loan after getting married, it is possible that the debt will be considered shared marital property if the two divorce. However, if the loan is from before the marriage, it will probably remain the responsibility of the person who incurred it.

Child support and extra expenses

Standards for determining child support obligations in Ohio and other states are typically based on issues such as parental incomes and the number of children of the marriage. Custodial parents might find that their child support payments fall far short of the amount needed to adequately care for their child. In such a case, the costs of even basic activities and supplies might be shouldered by them. Paying for extras can be challenging if support amounts are inadequate.

Older women may face financial challenges after divorce

Divorce rates have steadied throughout the country, but according to Bowling Green's National Center for Family & Marriage Research, they are on the rise among baby boomers. Couples over 50 in 2010 were more than twice as likely to divorce than couples of the same age in 1990.

Child support rules for inmates may be changed

Ohio parents may be interested to learn that the Obama administration plans to use its final weeks to modify the legal child support obligations for prisoners. According to critics, the practice of forcing prisoners to pay while they locked up and unable to work often causes them to end up with crippling debts.

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