Family Law

Family Law

Family law deals with family-related issues and domestic relations including, but not limited to:

  • Divorce – Contested Divorce or Uncontested Divorce
  • Dissolution
  • Separation
  • Settlement Agreements
  • Utilization of Private Judge
  • Tax Planning
  • Trial Preparation
  • Paternity
  • Child Custody
    • Visitation
    • Shared Parenting
    • Sole Custody
    • Modification of Parenting Orders
    • Grandparent Rights
    • Third Party Rights
    • Relocation Issues
  • Requests for Psychological Evaluations
  • Child Support
    • Establishing a Support Order
    • Child Support Guidelines – Deviation from Child Support Guidelines
    • Disabled Children
    • Modification of Child Support Orders
    • Enforcement of Child Support Orders
    • Termination of Child Support Orders
  • Spousal Support (aka Alimony)
    • Length of Marriage
    • Disparity of Incomes
    • Effect of Cohabitation
    • Vocational Evaluations
    • Tax Implications
    • Enforcement of Support Orders
    • Modification of Support Orders
    • Termination of Support Orders
  • Contempt
  • Division of Property – Real Property and Personal Property
  • Division of Debt
  • Guardian ad Litem
  • Juvenile Court
  • Spousal Abuse
  • Child Abuse
  • Paternity
  • Adoption
  • Non-traditional Families
    • Never Married Parents
    • Parentage/Paternity
    • Same Sex Marriage
  • Civil Protection Orders
  • Alternative Dispute Resolutions
    • Collaborative Law
    • Mediation
    • Binding Arbitration 

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If negotiations between the spouses are unlikely to be fruitful or would prolong the case, then filing a complaint for divorce should be considered. Reasons for Choosing Divorce over Dissolution: If the spouses are unable to negotiate and use reason… Read More


For dissolution to be possible, the spouses must be able and willing to cooperate, and to exchange information regarding children, assets and debts. There must be some level of trust. In dissolution, all negotiations occur between the spouses and the… Read More

Division of Assets and Liabilities

General Rules: Ohio law makes a distinction between “marital property” and “separate property.” In Ohio divorce and dissolution cases, the court is required to divide the marital property equally. If an equal division is not fair for any reas… Read More

Child Support

What is Child Support? Child support refers to the legal obligation of parents to contribute to the economic maintenance, including education, of their children; enforceable in both civil and criminal contexts. In a dissolution or custody action, mon… Read More

Spousal Support

“Spousal support” (aka alimony) means any payment or payments to be made to a spouse or former spouse, or to a third party for the benefit of a spouse or a former spouse, that is both for sustenance and for support of the spouse or former spouse.… Read More

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