Divorce / Family Law
Going through a divorce or dissolution of marriage is one of life’s most difficult and emotional events. Trying to figure how to divide your property can cause fight and arguments. Agreeing to child custody, support and visitation is probably the most difficult a parent will ever have to do. Having a local, experienced divorce lawyer on your side can make all the difference to the protection and preservation of your best interests. We have been aggressively defending the right rights of divorced clients in Medina County for over a 20 years. Once hired we will sit down and talk with you one-on-one about your financial concerns, your fears and your hopes for your future. We will educate you about the law, the legal process, all your legal options and the likely consequences of each and every one of those choices. We work with you and not just for you. WE will help you navigate through the entire divorce process and make sure you are full prepared and adequately protected for your life after divorce.
We understand just how difficult it can be to deal with these issues. Even if you or your spouse are on agreeable terms and are trying to work things out, a divorce is still a legal process that needs to be addressed properly in order to ensure the terms of your agreement work for both parties and your children are protected. In fact, we offer a free initial case evaluation. By talking to you about your case and taking the time to understand your concerns, we can determine in what way we can best assist you. We can also give you valuable information about your rights and your options, empowering you to make the right decisions. We provide personal attention and individualized service to each and every divorce client.
Divorce in Medina and Surrounding Counties
We represent clients in a number of family law matters throughout Medina, Brunswick, Granger, Hinkley, Lodi, Sharon Center, Valley City, Cleveland, Cuyohoga County, Akron, Summit County, Wooster, Wayne County, Ashland County, Lorain County, Portage County, Ravenna and Kent. Some of our areas of practice include, but are not limited to: contested and uncontested divorce, divorce mediation, legal separation, annulment, paternity, domestic violence, restraining orders, adoption, fathers’ rights, step-parent adoption, prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements. We have the experience and skill to help our clients resolve the most difficult issues in the most efficiant and amicable manner possible. We genuinely try to NOT to "throw gasoline on the fire" to make a bad situation wors in any divorce, property division, child custody, child support, spousal support or modification of prior orders should a significant change in circumstances to warrant modifying a current custody or support arrangement.
Although times may be tough and you and your spouse may be currently involved in a serious dispute about the terms of your divorce, our office can assist you in reaching a resolution that works best for both parties involved.
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Family LawContact Me Now for More Information
Family law deals with a number of different issues, all of which are often sensitive and emotionally trying for all parties involved. As such, this makes family law one of the most difficult fields of law in which to practice. It requires a compassionate, level-headed legal professional who is also knowledgeable and experienced to properly address a family law matter and assist a client in reaching a resolution that is best for all parties involved.
I represent clients throughout Medina County. I am highly experienced and dedicated to helping my clients resolve their family law matters with the least amount of emotional trauma possible - all while reaching for the most beneficial outcome. If you are looking to work with a family law attorney who will listen to what you have to say and take the appropriate action to protect your rights and your future, you have come to the right place. Your initial consultation at my firm is free, and we can begin assisting you in resolving your matter.
Helping Families Resolve Their Legal Matters
I deal with all types of family law cases, including those involving: divorce, child custody, child support, visitation, adoption, domestic violence, spousal support, restraining orders, and much more. If you are thinking about hiring a Divorce Attorney, look no further!
Domestic ViolenceContact Me Now About Your Domestic Violence Case
Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer in Medina County
Domestic violence is abuse that occurs within an intimate relationship or within a family setting. In domestic violence cases, abuse can be physical, verbal, emotional, mental, or even financial. Usually, the abuse is used as a way to force the victim into submission and to gain complete control over the victim. Victims of domestic violence tend to let the abuse go unreported because they are often psychologically manipulated by their abusers. Because the abuse is rarely reported, it will typically escalate over time or become cyclical.
Once a report of domestic violence is made by an alleged victim, Medina law enforcement will usually get involved immediately. People who are charged with domestic violence will be aggressively prosecuted and will need to obtain a competent criminal defense lawyer in order to ensure that their rights and best interests remain protected throughout the criminal process.
Medina County Domestic Violence Conviction & Penalties
I am dedicated to defending the rights of those individuals who have been accused of domestic violence, spousal abuse, spousal rape, child abuse or neglect. A person who has been convicted of domestic violence will face a variety of severe legal ramifications, and thus my experience and dedication of your domestic violence case will greatly affect your freedom and your future.
The legal penalties associated with a Medina domestic violence conviction may include, but are not limited to:
- Jail Time
- Community Service
- Court Ordered Counseling
- Restraining Orders
A Medina County Domestic Violence Attorney Can Help
When a person has been charged with or arrested for domestic violence, it is imperative that the person consult a skilled Medina County criminal defense attorney immediately. I can get involved from the onset of the legal process and provide insight and direction as the person’s case progresses. Additionally, I can negotiate with judges and prosecutors to possibly have the person’s criminal charges reduced, or in some cases, dismissed entirely.
DivorceContact Me Now About Your Divorce Case
The prospect of filing for divorce can be upsetting, frightening or even liberating. The wide range of emotions that a person may experience can make this process all the more difficult to deal with, particularly when such matters as child custody, child support, spousal support, visitation and property division need to be addressed. Even a divorce which starts out amicably enough may turn into a bitter and drawn out legal battle as you and your spouse seek different outcomes that you feel address your needs, your children’s wellbeing and protect your financial future.
Consulting a Medina divorce attorney is one of the most important actions to take when you are considering ending your marriage. You and your spouse will need to come to a complete agreement about all terms of your divorce or you will face court proceedings and these matters will be decided by a judge. Most often it is less time consuming and expensive to work out a divorce agreement out of the courtroom. A negotiated divorce settlement means that you and your spouse will have more freedom on determining the exact terms of your divorce. However, at times these terms simply cannot be worked out without court assistance. Through negotiations or litigation in court, your lawyer will need to assert your rights and protect your interests every step of the way.
Considering a Divorce? Contact a Lawyer Today!
I am here to represent your interests in your Medina County divorce. We represent clients throughout Medina, Brunswick, Wadsworth, Akron and the surrounding areas and I am thoroughly committed to providing my clients with the skilled legal counsel they need, whether this is in divorce mediation or in arguing their case in court.
Grounds for DivorceContact Me Now About Your Assult & Battery Case
Divorce is purely a matter of statute and each of the acceptable grounds for divorce in Ohio are fixed by statute. This means that you and your spouse cannot simply list whatever reasons you personally have for wanting the divorce in your Pro Se complaint and have the Court accept them. Rather, your complaint for divorce must list one or more legally sufficient grounds, enumerated under the applicable statute, and put on evidence of that ground at the hearing.
So, what are legally sufficient grounds in Ohio? Generally, any of the following will suffice:
- Either party entering into a bigamous marriage
- Willful absence of the adverse party for one year
- Adultery (obviously!)
- Extreme cruelty (carefully defined under statute)
- Fraudulent contract (marriage is a contract, after all)
- Any gross neglect of marital duty
- Habitual drunkenness
- Imprisonment of the adverse party in a state or federal prison when the petition is filed with the Court
- Procurement of a divorce outside Ohio, by a husband or wife, by virtue of which the party who procured it is released from the obligations of the marriage, while such obligations remain binding upon the other party
- On the application of either party, when husband and wife have, without interruption for one year, lived separate and apart without cohabitation
So there you go, now you know that “he is a jerk” will not suffice as legally sufficient grounds to state in your complaint. You must plead and prove one of statutorily enumerated grounds established by the Ohio Legislature to obtain a divorce.
Uncontested DivorceContact Me Now About Your Uncontested Divorce Case
Not all divorces end in long court battles. An uncontested divorce is one that is resolved outside of the courtroom, such as through mediation or another out-of-court agreement. The final result is no less binding than a contested divorce in court, but the outcome is often more beneficial to all parties involved (both spouses and any children.) In an uncontested divorce, the spouses will often have more of an opportunity to come to a flexible agreement that works, rather than have to abide by a court-ordered judgment that may not be the most advantageous for everyone involved.
Talking to a divorce lawyer is one of the most important steps to take when considering a divorce. Even if you and your spouse agree on all or almost all of the terms of your divorce, it will be helpful to have a legal professional to ensure that your rights and interests are protected. I represent clients throughout Medina and surrounding counties in contested and uncontested divorce proceedings. By contacting me today, you can find out more about your options and your rights in regard to your case.
Protecting Your Future in an Uncontested Divorce
There are various important issues that must be agreed upon in an uncontested divorce, including property division, spousal support, child custody, visitation and child support. Be sure you have an experienced attorney at your side to ensure you and your children's futures are well protected.
Legal SeparationContact Me Now About Your Legal Separation Case
A legal separation is similar to a divorce in that an agreement will be worked out regarding the division of property, child custody, visitation, spousal support and child support. However, the two parties will remain legally married. A legal separation is often sought in situations where for religious reasons or other personal reasons the couple wishes to keep the legal status of the marriage in place.
Are you considering a legal separation from your spouse? If so, I may be able to help you. I represent clients throughout all of Medina County and offer a free initial consultation to help you get started. Going through the process of a legal separation can be exceedingly difficult. Even if you and your spouse are on friendly terms, you may still have some disagreements regarding particular issues. It is important to consult and work with an attorney who can help protect your rights and interests in this regard, so you have the opportunity of reaching an agreement that will benefit you and your family.
Considering Legal Separation? Contact a Lawyer Today!
If you want to legally separate but want to remain married in the eyes of the law, a legal separation may be the option you are looking for. By contacting me today you have the opportunity to talk to a skilled and compassionate lawyer about your situation. I can assist you in addressing such issues as custody, child support and alimony.
AnnulmentContact Me Now About Your Annulment Case
In some special circumstances, a marriage can be dissolved to such an extent that it is deemed to never have existed in the first place. Rather than going through a divorce or legal separation where an agreement must be made about custody, alimony and property division, an annulment provides parties with an option that effectively nullifies their marriage.
If you would like to find out whether you and your spouse may qualify for an annulment, please take a moment to consult a Medina County Annulment Attorney. I offer a free initial consultation to get the process started and can review your particular matter to determine whether you may be granted a nullity. I help clients throughout Medina and the surrounding areas.
Qualifying for Annulment in Medina County, Ohio
A judgment allowing the annulment of your marriage is usually an option when the validity of the marriage itself is put into question. For example, a marriage may be annulled because one or both parties were minors at the time of the marriage and did not have the consent of their legal guardians. A marriage may also be annulled if some form of deceit or fraud was involved or if one or both parties were unlawfully forced or threatened into marriage. An incestuous or bigamous marriage may also qualify for annulment.
Consult a Medina Annulment Lawyer
It may be difficult to determine whether your marriage can be annulled, or if you will need to go through the process of a legal separation or divorce. By consulting me as soon as possible you can set your mind at ease by finding out about your options and your rights in this matter.
Child SupportContact Me Now About Your Child Support Case
I understand that everyone wants the best for their child, and at the same time, money does not grow on trees. Finding the balance between supporting your child and meeting your other financial obligation is the job of every parent. I can help you every step of the way. Some people don’t need an attorney, they just need some help understand the process and some help finding the right forms to accomplish their next step. Others need help from a Child Support Attorney with issues such as:
- Administrative child support orders and reviews.
- Court hearings.
- Getting an accurate child support guidelines worksheet or calculation.
- Understanding what is and is not income for child support purposes in Ohio.
- Help with Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) issues.
- Understanding the process for requesting an administrative review based on unemployment.
- Requesting a deviation (higher or lower) than guidelines.
- Paperwork to get your Ohio child support arrearage modified (when both parties agree).
- Understanding Ohio cash medical support.
- Understanding how shared parenting affects child support.
- Understanding how 50/50 parenting time affects child support.
- Understanding which parent pays child support and which parent receives child support.
- Finding information about Medina County CSEA Post-Decree Modifications.
I do not wait until it is too late. If you try to go it on your own, you may set something in place that you won’t be able to undo for a long time. You may not be able to afford an attorney, but you may benefit from at least a meeting with an attorney to point you in the right direction.
Spousal SupportContact Me Now About Your Spousal Support Case
Do you have questions about spousal support and how it will affect your divorce or legal separation? I have the legal knowledge and experience to evaluate your situation and help you understand your rights and options in this regard. If you are facing a spousal support or alimony dispute or are having difficulty coming to an agreement with your spouse on this matter, I may be able to help you sort this out. I am experienced not only in divorce settlements and agreements but also in litigating divorce cases in court.
Whether you are looking to receive spousal support or think that you may be required to pay support to your ex-spouse, I may be able to help you. I represent clients throughout Medina County and offer a free consultation to help you get started.
VisitationContact Me Now About Your Visitation Case
If you are going through a divorce or legal separation and need to work out child custody and a visitation schedule, it may be possible to create an innovative plan that works best for you, your spouse and your children. It is often helpful to resolve these matters out of court, as it is less time consuming and expensive. I am experienced in assisting clients with legal matters involving custody and visitation rights. We can effectively represent your interests either in negotiations with your spouse or in court – whatever is necessary to better protect your rights and interests.
In working with me, you will have the benefit of my dedication and knowledge as we guide you through this often difficult and emotionally trying process. We represent clients throughout Medina County.
PaternityContact Me Now About Your Paternity Case
The establishment or disestablishment of paternity will greatly impact any family law matter. If you are a father seeking custody of your child or are a mother attempting to prove that the person seeking custody is not your child’s legal father, I can help you address this situation.
It is my goal to help you obtain a definitive answer regarding your paternity case. Court procedures in establishing or disestablishing paternity can be highly complex, and the right attorney can assist you in navigating through this difficult situation.
About Paternity in Medina County, OH
Paternity is a term used to define the state or condition of being a father. Paternity more frequently comes into question with unmarried couples who have a child together, but these matters may also arise in married couples in the event of a divorce or legal separation. In any event, by filing a Petition to Establish Paternity either a mother or father can begin the legal action of establishing legal paternity for their child. Issues involving paternity may be resolved in or out of the courtroom. Either way, having a competent lawyer at your side can go a long way in ensuring that your rights and interests are protected in these legal actions.