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How can I deal with depression after divorce?

If you’ve recently gone through a divorce in Ohio, you may be feeling depressed about your situation. Even if it’s only a temporary feeling, it’s important that you take the right steps to manage your emotions to ensure you’re able to get back to the things you enjoy most. Healthline explains what you can do about post-divorce depression.

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New year’s resolutions for the newly single or separated

Whether you are recently separated or divorced in Ohio, life is changing. The start of a new year is an ideal opportunity to clean up loose ends and move forward. The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc can help you navigate the complex areas of divorce, custody and spousal support so that you can focus on the life ahead of you.

According to Divorce Magazine, separations and divorce proceedings that drag on can take its toll. Using the momentum of the new year can help you make the steps necessary to wrap up the loose ends of your old life and inspire the new. If you are uncertain about what you or your ex wants, now is the time to clear things up.

Benefits of deciding to name charities in a will

When people are in the process of planning their estate in Ohio, one of the aspects they may consider is writing a will. This document is a place where they can relay, in detail, how they wish that their assets be distributed following their death. While most people think of their loved ones to name as heirs and beneficiaries, other options can be considered as well. 

One alternative that people may analyze in deciding where to distribute their assets, is charities. They can select organizations that represent characteristics and values that they have prioritized throughout their life. They can choose organizations that have sentimental or emotional value to them. People who choose to name charities in their will can see the benefits of that decision in several different ways. 

How should you choose who to be an executor on your will?

Once you begin the process of planning your estate in Ohio, you will need to make several decisions regarding the essential components of your future. Some of these decisions may include establishing guardianship for any dependents you may have, allocating assets and selecting heirs, and choosing someone who will be in charge of executing your will and guaranteeing that your estate is laid out as you have designated. 

Deciding who you want to have the critical responsibility of executing your estate is a critical decision as you want to make sure that your final wishes are honored. According to AOL, if you are unable to choose who you want to be an executor for your estate before you die, the courts have the jurisdiction to make this selection for you. If this happens, it is not a guarantee that one of your family members will be chosen to assume this responsibility, and even if they are, it may be someone you are not comfortable having those responsibilities.

Disputing field sobriety test results

Operating a vehicle intoxicated is against the law in Ohio. If law enforcement pulls you over and requests that you take a field sobriety test, you can refuse. Unfortunately, the consequences of declining may include spending the night in jail. At The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc, we have experience representing clients who challenge the results of these tests.

Field Sobriety Tests report that there are three standardized tests law enforcement typically use to ascertain OVI: horizontal gaze nystagmus, the walk and turn and the one leg stand. These tests require that you complete simple tasks in an unfamiliar way and environment. Experts disagree about the reliability of these measures. Many believe they are subjective and do not establish proof of intoxication.

Why are there more divorces after the holidays?

If you are considering a divorce after the holidays, you are not the only one. According to the Chicago Tribune, the number of divorce cases increases by over 30 percent in the weeks following Christmas. Some law firms have even given the Monday after Christmas break the name, “Divorce Day,” because of the number of divorce cases they receive.

Psychologists suggest several reasons for the post-Christmas divorce trend. Some of the most common reasons include:

Things to consider when choosing an executor

If you live in Ohio and are planning your future, one of the things you may be doing is figuring out your estate and planning what to do with your money, property and other assets. Part of the decision-making process is choosing an executor who will carry out the terms of your estate and distributes everything correctly. This is an important decision, so make sure you consider what the position involves.

The AARP discusses some of the important factors you should weigh when looking at potential candidates for your executor. Consider all the things an executor has to do, such as sorting through your home, making trips to banks and courthouses, paying bills and filing tax returns, and choose someone who has the time and patience to carry them through. Even when you make things easier by being specific and keeping lists of all your accounts, it is still a demanding position.

Can I make my own will?

Can I make my own will?

If you’re currently estate planning in Ohio, you might be considering creating your own will to save money. While there are a number of DIY resources available, you definitely want to think twice before moving forward on your own. The Balance offers a few reasons why creating your own will could end up being more trouble than it’s worth.

How can we avoid issues with custody during the holidays?

As if a divorce in Ohio is not hard enough, the challenges that come with sharing custody of your children make the situation even more difficult. This is especially true when it comes to the holiday season. This time of year is stressful on its own but add in the struggles to ensure everyone gets times with the children and it can be a very hectic time for everyone. There are some things you can do to help make it go more smoothly and reduce the stress.

According to the Huffington Post, the most important thing when making holiday visitation decisions is to keep in mind no matter what is the children. Always put them and their needs first. Ensure they are comfortable with any plans you make and if possible, involve them in the planning of your holiday time.

How can I navigate conflict over the holidays?

If you’ve recently gone through a divorce in Ohio, you may be dreading the holidays. Many families experience conflict during this time of year, which can be stressful for both you and your kids. In this case, VeryWellMind.com offers the following advice on how you can mitigate holiday conflict.

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