Ohio Family Law & Divorce Lawyers

During times of family stress, a compassionate Ohio family lawyer can be the best person to help you find your path forward.

Introduction to Family Law

Attorney Zac Dusza can help with your Family Law questions.

Any family can go through difficult times and end up needing the services of a lawyer who focuses on family law. Hear attorney, Zac Dusza, answer your questions in the video below:

A family lawyer can help you through the difficult and heart-wrenching process of deciding to end your marriage. A divorce attorney can handle the details of legal paperwork and negotiating alimony or child support agreements. A skilled Ohio family lawyer also can help you through custody disputes or working out custody and visitation arrangements.

A lawyer also can be useful during times of joy for you or your family. If you’re contemplating getting married, a qualified attorney can help you to figure out how your marriage will affect your finances and assets. A prenuptial agreement can protect your assets if your marriage ends, or aid with financial planning in the event of an untimely death. A family law attorney also can help when you want to grow your family by adopting a child.

Compassionate Representation for Your Family Law Matter

At Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Zeiher Co. LPA, we’re committed to providing compassionate and sensitive representation for your family’s legal matters. We have decades of experience helping families through legally and emotionally complex family law processes.

Our Experience Includes:

We frequently practice in the local Domestic Relations courts where your case will be heard. We regularly work with the lawyers, the clerks, the judges, and the social workers who might be involved in your family matter. We’ve built an understanding of how the courts work and how your case is likely to be handled on a local level. We’ve also built relationships with people in every facet of the Domestic Relations court. Those relationships help us facilitate getting you and your family the best possible result in your case.

We understand that when you face a legal matter involving your family, it’s natural to feel a lot of stress and uncertainty. Our goal is to shoulder the burden of the legal details so that you can focus on your family’s needs. We’re committed to providing the information you need about your case from start to finish. We’ll explain every step in the process and help you make decisions about the best course of action to protect your rights and your family’s future.

Divorce, Dissolution, Separation Cases

When you reach the difficult decision to end a marriage in Ohio, there essentially are four options.

Divorce

Divorce is a way of legally ending a marriage that typically involves having one or more of several possible legal grounds. Ohio allows divorce on the grounds of incompatibility but if grounds are disputed, you may have to prove that your spouse was “at fault” in some way in order to terminate your marriage, such as adultery or abandonment. A divorce case may involve having to present witness testimony to support your allegation of fault. It also may involve the use of experts to determine the value of your assets. A divorce can be a lengthy process, especially when one spouse contests the divorce.

Dissolution

A dissolution of marriage involves both spouses agreeing to end the marriage. It also involves having come to an agreement about how to divide assets or about child custody before the dissolution paperwork is filed. There is no need to allege fault in a dissolution. Some people may choose dissolution over divorce when the end of the marriage is amicable, and to save time and money compared to a divorce.

Legal Separation

A legal separation doesn’t technically end your marriage. You remain married in the eyes of the state, but for practical purposes you and your spouse go your separate ways. A legal separation often involves entering into an agreement to divide assets, share custody, and pay debts. That agreement is filed with the Domestic Relations court. If no agreement is filed, the court decides how to settle issues related to the separation. Some people choose a legal separation when their religion prohibits divorce, or when they need to maintain the legality of marriage for financial reasons.

Annulment

An annulment essentially makes it so that the marriage never legally happened. You have to have specific grounds to get an annulment, such as bigamy or fraud. Annulment is the least frequent way to end a marriage in Ohio.

There may be a number of complicated questions to be answered to determine which option for terminating a marriage is best for you. Those may include:

  • The length of your marriage
  • How long you’ve lived in Ohio
  • Whether you and your spouse own a home or other assets that need to be divided
  • Whether you have children and need a court to decide on custody or visitation
  • Whether you have legal grounds for a divorce or simply want to part ways
  • Whether your consent to the marriage was obtained through fraud

If you’re considering ending your marriage, a skilled divorce lawyer can explain the different options in Ohio and how each might apply to your situation. Your attorney can help you make an informed decision that is in your best interests and the best interests of your children.

An Ohio family lawyer also can discuss with you what to expect if you need to divide assets or debts from your marriage, whether you might be able to get alimony or child support payments, and the process for determining custody of your children.

Prenuptial Agreements

It’s much more common these days for people to get married after they establish their careers, which means you’ve likely spent some time building assets. It’s also more common for people to get married more than once in their lives. You may have savings, investment accounts, retirement accounts, own a home, or even own your own business. It can be a good idea for a number of reasons to negotiate a prenuptial agreement with your future spouse so that you’re both protected in the event your marriage ends in divorce or dissolution.

In Ohio, a prenup can be used to address a number of issues that might arise if you and your spouse eventually divorce. Provisions in a prenup commonly may include:

  • The division of individual or joint property
  • Protection of your pre-marital assets in the event of a divorce
  • The payment of alimony
  • The management of a business
  • How property can be sold, transferred, or used during the marriage
  • Whether your spouse can inherit your assets or receive life insurance benefits in the event of your death

There may be other provisions that you and your future spouse want included in your prenuptial agreement. An experienced Ohio family lawyer can explain what types of provisions your prenup can include. A skilled domestic relations lawyer also can help you understand which provisions a domestic relations court is unlikely to enforce. For example, prenuptial agreements can’t typically be used in Ohio to determine child custody or child support if you and your spouse have children when you divorce. However, there may be some aspects of parenting or shared expenses for your children that a prenup can resolve.

It’s important to note that an attorney can only represent one party to a prenup. You and your future spouse should be represented by separate lawyers to ensure that your rights, property, and interests are being equally protected.

If you’re planning to get married and want to discuss a prenuptial agreement, and Ohio family lawyer at Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Zeiher Co. LPA can help you write a fair prenuptial agreement that protects your assets and your future.

Adoptions

The decision to adopt can bring a lot of joy to your life. You’re committing to providing a child with a lifetime of love and support. It’s a decision that impacts your family, your home, and your finances. It’s also a decision that can raise many questions. When will you find the right child? What if the birth mother changes her mind? Will your child have special needs, medical issues, or any kind of genetic disorders? Will your child’s birth parents play any role in your child’s future? Should you use an adoption agency or a private lawyer to handle your adoption?

In Ohio, you have the option to adopt through a public children’s services agency, through a private adoption agency, or with the help of a private adoption lawyer. An adoption lawyer can help you through the process from start to finish, including helping you to find a child to adopt and filing court paperwork.

At Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Zeiher Co. LPA, our adoption lawyers can represent you whether you’re adopting through an agency or directly from a birth parent through a court process. We can explain how these different types of adoptions work, and help you make an informed decision about how to grow your family. We represent families who are going through:

  • Private adoptions
  • Stepparent adoptions
  • Grandparent adoptions
  • Foster parent adoptions
  • Interstate adoptions
  • International adoptions

We can ensure that your interests and the interests of your adopted child are protected through the adoption process. Call us for a consultation about your adoption today.

Domestic Violence

It’s all too common that physical or emotional abuse by your spouse may be a factor in a decision to seek a divorce or dissolution of marriage. In addition to questions regarding assets, debts, or child custody, you may need help protecting yourself and your children from the threat of harm.

When you are a survivor of domestic violence, you may be able to get a protection order or restraining order from an Ohio court. Either a protection order or a restraining order is a legal order from a court that prohibits an abuser from further abusing or harassing you. The specific provisions of a protection order or restraining order will depend on the individual circumstances of your situation. A protection order or restraining order typically orders the abuser not to contact you, but also may include provisions to evict the abuser from your home if you live together, or address temporary child custody.

The difference between a protection order and a restraining order is that Ohio law requires police to enforce protection orders. Law enforcement officers must respond to your report that your protection order has been violated. Your spouse may be arrested if he or she violates a protection order.

However, police do not have to enforce restraining orders. If your spouse violates a restraining order, you have to file a motion in court asking for penalties against your spouse for the violation. The burden is placed on you to pursue remedies for the violation.

Are you experiencing domestic violence?

If you are experiencing domestic violence and want to consider a protection order or restraining order, an experienced domestic relations lawyer can help you understand which option might be right for you.

An Ohio family lawyer also can help you complete and file the paperwork to get your protection order. Further, a lawyer can help you gather and present the evidence you’ll need to prove your need for a protection order or restraining order.

Family Mediation

Sometimes your family matter may be something you can work out with the help of an independent third party. At Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Zeiher Co. LPA, we offer experienced and impartial mediation of family issues and disputes. We can offer mediation in divorces, negotiations over the division of assets, child custody disputes, and other domestic legal matters.

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