A century ago, it was not unusual for people in U.S. and other countries to get married in their teens. This is no longer common practice, for a variety of reasons, such as increased opportunities in education, careers and dating.
The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last month that same-sex couples have the same right to get married as couples made up by a woman and a man continues to have repercussions across the country. One of the implications is that, once same-sex couples get married, they also have the right to get divorced if the relationship goes sour.
In Ohio, getting your marriage annulled generally is much more difficult than obtaining a divorce. However, some spouses are entitled to an annulment, which essentially means the law will treat the spouse's marriage as if it never existed.
The Washington Post has some interesting data on the history of divorce in the United States. Everyone has their own reasons for splitting up, of course, but looking at general trends can show how major societal events shape people’s tendency to start and end marriages.
People in Columbus who are unhappy in their marriage, but are afraid that getting divorced will lead to an early grave, may have one fewer reason to stay married. A new scientific study suggests that getting divorced has little effect on your health.
Even the quickest, least contentious divorce cases in Ohio may take months to complete. If one spouse did not work outside the home during the marriage, there is a good chance that he or she will not have a reliable source of income the moment he or she or is living alone.
Ending your marriage in Ohio can go through the court, but it does not have to. State law allows couples to try to work out the necessary issues on their own. If they can come up with a written agreement on division of assets, child custody, visitation rights and so on, they can file what is called a dissolution.
Victims of a bad breakup often talk of being “heartbroken.” Thanks to romantic literature and movies, we know that having a broken heart means, but nobody takes it literally. For instance, going through divorce can be emotionally painful, but nobody thinks of divorce literally damaging the human heart.
Facebook has become a fact of life for many people in Ohio. It is a convenient way to stay in touch with distant friends and family, share photographs and video, and communicate with people from around the world. Now, it is also a legally sufficient way to serve someone with divorce papers, at least in the mind of one family law judge.
Life is not always easy. Things come up that test our ability to cope: illness, natural disasters, the loss of a job. Some crises specifically affect marriage.