Custody battles come in many forms. Some end relatively painlessly, while others drag on for years and involve large amounts of court time. But few span multiple continents and involve both parents fleeing with the child involved. Those are the facts of a case before the Ohio Supreme Court.
It is not uncommon for couples facing complex asset division to enter into informal long-term separations instead of pursuing lengthy, often contentious divorce negotiations. For couples with adequate financial resources, living apart might seem like the least unpleasant solution, especially if both parties have a satisfactory standard of living. Delaying a formal agreement, however, can lead to disaster for unprotected spouses.
A Fort Myers woman is being charged after taking her daughter during a supervised visit. The young girl, who has special needs, was supposed to be in foster care. When the woman arrived at the facility for a court-ordered visit, she fled out the back door with her daughter. She is now facing criminal charges.
Divorce can be difficult enough without the added scrutiny that comes with working in politics. One Florida state representative has found this out, as his long-fought divorce battle is still not over in the state’s courts. He originally reached an agreement with his wife, but even after a protracted legal battle, the representative has had trouble claiming his portion of the proceeds from a complex real estate sale.
Many Fort Meyers residents have high school-aged children who are preparing for college. These days, with college tuition rates the way that they are, most Florida students do need to take out student loans and/or seek grants and scholarships. A lot of Florida families may not realize that a divorce will affect their children's financial aid processes.