Domestic & Family Law

Domestic Family Law Attorneys in Ohio

Domestic disputes and family law matters typically involve extremely personal and emotionally heavy topics. These situations can quickly be made worse by inexperienced legal counselors or lawyers who pressure you into contested litigation. At our firm, we do things differently. 

The lawyers at Haynes Kessler Myers & Postalakis help clients pursue fair and reasonable solutions to their domestic and family issues, including division of property, alimony, child custody, child support, paternity action, visitation, shared parenting arrangements, and marital agreements (prenuptial and postnuptial). When handling any combination of these topics, we work to negotiate and secure decisions on as many areas as possible before litigating the remaining issues in the courtroom, which can save you time and money. We pride ourselves on the fact that many of our cases are resolved before ever reaching trial. Rest assured, however, our team does have experienced litigators who can empower you through skilled courtroom representation, when necessary.

Contact us to schedule a consultation with our Worthington-based domestic relations and family lawyers. We serve Northwest Columbus, Westerville, Delaware County, and Dublin. 

Complex Domestic and Family Law Topics


Adoption can be an incredibly rewarding life experience, but it also requires navigating a frequently intimidating legal process. The lawyers at Haynes Kessler Myers & Postalakis have guided countless families through adoption and look forward to doing the same for you. If you’re a prospective adoptive parent, we can help you complete the necessary paperwork, prepare for home study, and generally avoid any obstacles that would otherwise prevent you from growing your family. We can also assist birth mothers and paternal fathers with exercising their parental rights throughout the adoption process. 

Divorce and Dissolution of Marriage

Ending a marriage is never an easy task. Whether or not spouses initially agree to the separation, they must still work together (to some degree) to decide custody, property distribution, spousal support, and more. No matter if it’s through divorce or dissolution of marriage, Haynes Kessler Myers & Postalakis can help you end your marriage as efficiently and amicably as possible. We also help spouses who prefer legal separation as an alternative to legally terminating their relationship. Through mediation, collaboration, and litigation, we can help you resolve even the most contentious aspects of your separation. 

Child Custody 

In child custody cases, our priority is to respectfully assist people with restructuring their families. We understand how personal and emotional custody matters can be, which is why we strive to provide clients with several different case options for working toward custody arrangements that best serve their children. We help clients negotiate parenting schedules, decision-making authority, visitation arrangements, and more. Overall, our objective is to make negotiating these issues more cooperative and less adversarial. In addition, we can help clients modify existing arrangements and enforce child support and custody terms, when needed.

How Can Domestic Family Law Attorneys Help Families in Need?

Domestic family law attorneys in Ohio can provide valuable assistance to families dealing with various family law matters. We can be a valuable resource for families dealing with various family law matters by providing:

  • Legal Advice: Family law attorneys provide legal advice and guidance on various family law issues, such as divorce, child custody, spousal support, and property division. They can help clients understand their rights and responsibilities under Ohio's family law statutes.

  • Mediation and Negotiation: Attorneys can facilitate mediation and negotiation between family members to reach amicable resolutions. This is often more cost-effective and less adversarial than going to court.

  • Legal Representation: In cases that require litigation, family law attorneys provide legal representation in court, presenting their clients' cases effectively.

  • Legal Documents: Attorneys prepare and review legal documents related to family law matters, such as divorce petitions, custody agreements, and property settlement agreements.

  • Appeals: If a party is dissatisfied with a court decision, family law attorneys can help them file an appeal and present their case before higher courts.

  • Counseling and Emotional Support: Attorneys can provide emotional support and advice to help clients make well-informed decisions during emotionally challenging times.

  • Knowledge of Ohio Laws: Family law attorneys have a deep understanding of Ohio's family law statutes, court procedures, and precedents. They stay updated on any changes in the law that may affect their clients.

In summary, our attorneys can play a critical role in helping families navigate complex legal matters, protect their rights, and achieve fair and just outcomes in family law cases. Our legal expertise and guidance are essential in resolving family disputes and ensuring the best interests of all parties involved.

Commonly Asked Questions

What is family law?

Family law is a branch of law that deals with legal matters related to family relationships, such as divorce, child custody, adoption, and spousal support.

What is the role of mediation in family law cases?

Mediation is a process where a neutral third party helps facilitate communication and negotiation between family members to reach mutually acceptable solutions. Mediation can be a cost-effective and less adversarial alternative to going to court.

How can family law attorneys provide emotional support to their clients?

Family law attorneys can provide emotional support to their clients by offering counseling, guidance, and a listening ear during emotionally challenging times. They can help clients make well-informed decisions and navigate the complexities of family law matters.

High-Value and Commercial Property Distribution

When left to the court, Ohio will distribute assets equitably, which means it’ll consider each spouse’s vested interest in an asset, its value, and other marital factors to divide marital assets as fairly as possible. If your divorce involves complicated business items or financial assets, your case may require complex litigation to protect and secure your interests. Our team has diverse legal backgrounds and understands the complexities of dividing these assets. We can help you survey your property, facilitate evaluation, and advocate for your interests before the judge in order to pursue what you deserve from your divorce proceeding. 

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