Columbus Ohio Divorce Attorneys

Family Law specialists with over 59 years of experience.

You may be surprised to hear this, but there are a number of different ways to approach a divorce. It’s not usually appropriate for a divorce to last years with each issue hotly contested while everyone, including the children, suffers. Though sometimes litigation is necessary, there are other approaches to divorce including mediation and collaborative divorce, which a dedicated Columbus divorce attorney is uniquely prepared to handle.

Issues that Divorce is Designed to Handle

  • Division of property. When two people occupy the same residences and start a family, their finances become hopelessly entangled. When the divorce begins, so too does the process of separating what’s yours from what belongs to your spouse. This includes property and other assets like bank accounts, investments, and your debts as well.
  • Child custody and visitation. Here, there are many decisions to be made. These include with whom the children will live and which parent has the right to make medical and educational decisions for the children.
  • Child support payments. The state of Ohio uses a formula to determine how much child support a non-custodial parent must pay to a custodial parent. In other words, the parent with whom the children live receives child support based on a number of different factors that the court takes into consideration.
  • Spousal support or alimony. The state of Ohio uses a complex set of factors to determine if one spouse is entitled to collect spousal support or alimony. This is separate from child support but taking care of the children’s needs is one factor that is considered when calculating child support.

The Lawrence Law Office’s Approach to Dissolving Your Marriage

Generally speaking, we have found that the less adversarial the process is, the better it ends up working out for everyone. Most importantly, this includes your children. So mediation or collaborative divorce are good places to begin. These methods will not be appropriate for every marriage, however, so it’s important to recognize that there may be a struggle or the mediation process may end up in litigation. That is not uncommon.

We have also found that in order to see your interests realized, you should have a plan for moving forward. For instance, some folks sacrifice their career aspirations in order to stay home and raise the children. When it comes time to divorce, they may need time to get training or to go back to school. This is where spousal support would come into play.

Ideally, both spouses can reach an agreement that works for everyone. When this process falls apart, however, the only option left is a contested divorce or litigation.

How Much Will a Divorce Cost?

That depends on a number of factors. The longer the divorce, the more it costs. In addition, contested divorces tend to take longer and cost more money. Again, mediation is generally preferable for you, your former spouse, and for your children. A skilled divorce mediator can help you through the process and potentially save you thousands of dollars in court costs and legal fees. Still, mediation can cost a couple thousand dollars depending on how long the process takes.

Litigation, on the other hand, can go into the tens of thousands of dollars. Costs can include:

Forensic accountants who unearth hidden assets;
Private investigators who collect evidence against your spouse;
Psychological evaluations to determine child custody;
And fees related to the endless depositions that are required.

What are the Benefits of Mediation over a Contested Divorce?

Besides the costs involved with litigation, mediation ultimately gives the power to you and your spouse to decide. When the courts step in, they take control of the situation and make decisions that impact both you and your former spouse. In other words, the ultimate decision making power is no longer in your control. It’s in the courts. It’s a hefty sacrifice to make, but it’s sometimes necessary. It should, however, be considered a last resort.

What Happens if I’m the Non-Residential Parent?

Ohio Revised Code 3109.051 lays out the law when determining visitation rights. If the parents cannot come to an agreement, then the courts must determine if it is in the children’s best interests to have the parent be a part of their lives. The default stance of the court is that it is in the child’s best interests to have two parents taking an active role. In other words, the court will not deny a parent visitation unless it has a good reason to.

Client Reviews

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Kit

I was in a terrible custody dispute with my ex. I was very upset and afraid of my ex. Rodd listened to everything I said and remembered everything I said. He was aggressive in court and used the information I gave him very well. We won the case and my ex has backed off.

anonymous

I wanted an easy divorce from my wife. She wanted a fight. Rodd and I discussed fair terms for a dissolution. Because he was pro active and stayed on top of the case, my wife and I finally reached an agreement and had a dissolution. I highly recommend Rodd.

anonymous

I hired Linda Lawrence because I have a business and I wanted to protect it in my divorce. Linda is top notch and knows about business finance and assets. I was able to keep my business and not have to pay my wife anything from it. Hire her.

Linda

I hired Linda Lawrence because I needed an aggressive attorney. Linda was able to stand up against the other attorney and was very aggressive in court. It was an expensive divorce case, but that was because the other attorney was very aggressive and Linda was very thorough. I had great results in my case and highly recommend Linda.

Joy
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Talk to a Divorce Attorney in Columbus Today

If you’re in the midst of a divorce and need someone to either mediate the divorce agreement or advocate on your behalf, the Lawrence Law Office can help you toward that goal. Give us a call or contact us online to set up an appointment.

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When working through your divorce with an Ohio family law attorney, chances are your divorce agreement made allowances for child support. spousal support or

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divorce

Dividing the marital assets between divorcing people can be one of the most contentious issues during the entire divorce process. Ohio law allows the couple to work together with...

Child Custody

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