If you are experiencing the confusion and frustration of a divorce, custody battle or any other family law related matter, you need an experienced, competent and assertive attorney by your side. Our domestic relations attorneys practice only family law throughout all Ohio counties, handling cases such as:
- Collaborative Law
- Legal Separation
- Child Custody and Parenting Time
- Post Decree Modifications
- Grandparent Rights
- Spousal Support
- Child Support
- Prenuptial Agreements
- Guardian ad Litem
No two divorces are the same, and it is important that each case is given individual assessment and attention. We are experienced in handling complicated divorces, such as those involving high assets and businesses, as well as divorces with more straight-forward issues. When dealing with the emotional turmoil of ending a marriage, it’s difficult to focus on the details. Our attorneys will work toward reaching an amicable settlement in your case whenever possible. If your case must go to trial, we are zealous advocates for our clients in court.
Sometimes a marriage can be terminated without protracted litigation. A dissolution can be a cost-effective means of amicably ending your marriage. To file for dissolution, you and your spouse must reach an agreement on all terms prior to filing any paperwork with the court. We will assist in negotiating the terms of the dissolution and preparing the necessary paperwork. Often, we can even hold the final hearing in our office so you can avoid going to court all together.
The collaborative law process is a non-adversarial process of terminating a marriage. This process takes place outside of the court system and is guided by attorneys trained in principled negotiation. Collaborative law stresses creative problem-solving and allows parties much more control over the time frame in which the process is completed. The collaborative process relies on the honesty, cooperation and integrity of the parties and complete and open sharing of information.
A legal separation is sometimes sought in situations where parties wish to remain married, but intend to live apart. The legal separation action allows a court to issue an order establishing spousal support and/or child support, as well as allocating property, custody and parenting time without terminating the marital relationship. An annulment is an action in which a party seeks an order from the court declaring that the marriage was void from the beginning or should now be declared void. Both the legal separation and annulment actions remain available to parties under the current law, but are rarely used.
spousal support (alimony)
The process of terminating a marriage and beginning a new life is financially difficult. In some situations, it may be necessary and appropriate to establish an order for one spouse to provide financial support to the other for a period after the marriage. There are several factors to consider in determining whether spousal support is an option and is appropriate in your case. Our attorneys can walk you through this process.
CHILD CUSTODY, child support AND parenting time
Frequently, the most difficult part of ending any marriage or relationship is working out issues regarding the children. Will there be shared parenting or will one parent be designated the legal custodian and residential parent? How much parenting time (visitation) will the other parent have? Who will pay child support? These are complicated and emotional issues for parents to process. It is especially important to have an experienced attorney by your side when sorting out these matters. Our attorneys are knowledgeable and adept at navigating these difficult issues, whether you are seeking to establish an order for the first time or you are seeking to modify an existing order.
It is difficult for everyone when a grandparent is excluded from the life of his or her grandchildren. Ohio law provides for “reasonable companionship or visitation” to be awarded to grandparents provided that those grandparents are invested in the child’s welfare and it is in the child’s best interest that the visitation occur. Several factors can influence an outcome in a grandparents visitation case. Our attorneys are experienced with grandparent cases and can guide you through the process to get regular visitation set up with your grandchildren.
Mediation is a process in which a neutral and impartial third party assists in guiding parties to a voluntary and mutually agreeable settlement. Parties use the mediation process to assist in resolving their differences outside of a courtroom. Our attorneys are trained mediators and are available, both to act as mediators, or represent you in the mediation process.
Love can blind you to the potential for financial loss if the marriage fails. A prenuptial agreement is a contract entered into by both parties prior to the marriage, which seeks to limit or modify rights of the parties should the marriage fail. Prenuptial agreements are also entered into to protect the inheritance interests of a spouse’s children from another relationship or marriage should that spouse die during the marriage. Our attorneys are available to prepare documents to protect your financial interests as well as the inheritance interests of any heirs.
The division of certain retirement accounts, such as 401(k)s and pensions, require a separate court document. A Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) or a Division of Property Order (DOPO) use technical and specific language to divide such retirement accounts as provided for in a decree or separation agreement. Our attorneys will guide you through the process of preparing the correct document to divide the retirement accounts at issue in your case.
GUARDIAN AD LITEM
In contested custody and parenting time cases, a guardian ad litem (GAL) is frequently appointed by the court. The GAL, often an attorney, is appointed to conduct an investigation and make a recommendation to the court regarding the best interests of the minor children at issue. We deal with GALs in many cases and also act as GALs in some central Ohio counties.
Contact our family law attorneys today.
The attorneys at Haynes Kessler Myers & Postalakis Incorporated in Columbus are experienced in all family law matters. Call us at 614-764-0681 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with a family law attorney.