Stories by Jay Babbitt

5 Signs Your Small Business is Headed for Divorce

A small business divorce can lead to  big trouble. Here’s what to look out for. Separation was certainly not something you had in mind when you and your spouse started your business — and even if you had considered it, you probably also assumed you’d be able to work things out peacefully between the two…

I Was Not Happy with my Columbus, OH Dissolution

Can I Get a Do-Over on My Dissolution? We’ve all made decisions that sounded great at the time, and have later grown to regret them. Would you consider the terms of your dissolution to be one of those decisions? Many couples enter into dissolutions to simply get the whole process of terminating their marriage over…

Which Holidays Do I Get with My Child After a Divorce?

Ohio Family Law Outlines Standard Custody Arrangement for Holidays The holiday season is always different after a divorce. If you have joint custody of your child, you may be wondering exactly how different the holidays will be. Most Ohio counties have local domestic relations rules which lay out a standard guide for holidays that can…

Best Columbus Family Law Firm

Cast your vote by July 14 As proud members of the Columbus community, we are humbled and honored to be nominated again for the Best Family Law Firm 2016 by Columbus CEO. Our first obligation as a Columbus family law firm is to help our clients overcome one of the most trying times in life,…

New AAML guidelines rethink traditional child custody plans

Recommendations from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers ask parents to evolve custody plans over time and always put children first. Traditionally, child custody plans called for children to live with their mother during the week and spend alternating weekends with their father. In more recent history, an equal, 50/50 custody plan has grown to…

Think you have a common law marriage in Ohio? Think again.

Read the top myths about cohabitation, domestic partnerships and common law divorce in Ohio. A reporter at a daily newspaper once received a call from a reader concerned his recent marriage would end up in the paper. The marriage announcement couldn’t run in the paper, you see, because his kids believed he and his wife…

Should I divorce my narcissist spouse?

Six signs it’s time to move on, according to Columbus family law experts Donald Trump. Digital over-sharing. Entitled millennials. We all like to complain about these things to varying degrees, but the questions at the heart of a recent Guardian feature are more serious to ponder: Are we living through a narcissism epidemic? Is this…

Ohio divorce timeline: How long will it take ’til you’re exes?

“How long’s this going to take?” The relationship’s been over for a while now, as least as far as you’re concerned. Or maybe it was your spouse who long ago moved on. Either way, all that’s left are the formalities. The legal process. You know, divorce. Soon your spouse will be your ex, legally and…

What you should know if you’re going through a high-asset divorce

8 mistakes to avoid, things to consider High-asset divorces are more than a little complicated. You can’t rush them, and they’re often more expensive. But it’s worth getting right the first time, because it’s incredibly difficult — if not impossible — to address again at a later date. Even more so than with a typical…