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Studies identify factors that may lead to divorce

Divorce might be more likely for Ohio couples who spent more than $20,000 on their wedding than for couples who spent less than $1,000. Studies have identified this and a number of other factors related to the stability of marriages. Couples who are more attractive or whose alcohol consumption differs are also more likely to get a divorce.

Dividing property and hidden assets

One concern for people in Ohio who are getting a divorce may be how property will be divided. In a California divorce, a 61-year-old woman who had been the main support for her family for 10 years was concerned because her husband wanted their home and half of her 401(k). Since California, unlike Ohio, is a community property state, the husband was probably entitled to half of the 401(k), but it is unlikely that a person would be awarded an entire house in any divorce unless it was the sole property of that person or part of an agreed-upon exchange.

Demographics of wage garnishment for child support

Ohio workers and other workers in the Midwest may be more likely to have their wages garnished than workers in other parts of the country. These were among the findings of a study conducted by the ADP Research Institute that was released on Sept. 27. The study found that more than 70 percent of garnishments were of men's wages and that those garnishments were largely for failure to pay child support. Women's wages tended to be garnished for other types of debt such as student loans.


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