Divorce and Family Law

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Columbus and Central Ohio Family Law Attorneys

Family Law specialists with over 59 years of experience.

When many people think of family law, they think of divorce. While that’s a large part of what family lawyers do, it doesn’t quite tell the entire story. Indeed, even on the topic of divorce, there are a number of approaches and options that don’t involve the courtroom. At the Lawrence Law Office, we provide Columbus, OH couples a variety of family law services for couples who are either building or dissolving their marriages.

Understanding Family Law

Understanding Ohio Paternity Laws

In the State of Ohio, paternity establishes the father’s right to visitation and the mother’s right to child support. In some cases, it may not be apparent to a father that they are, in fact, the father of a child. Sometimes a mother needs to press the issue when a man claims a child she does not want him to see or requires the support of a reluctant father. Sometimes it’s the father who wants to establish or deny paternity. In these cases, the aim is to either establish or deny that a father has legal rights to a child or a mother has a legal right to child support.

Ohio paternity laws are complex. An unmarried mother is presumed the child’s residential guardians. Fathers may need to press the issue legally to gain access to the child. In addition, a mother may need to force the issue with a father who denies paternity. Lawrence Law Office can help with these issues.

Ohio Law and Prenuptial Agreements

Those who decide on prenuptial agreements may be surprised to know that the must be drafted according to Ohio law in order to be enforceable. When drafting a prenuptial agreement, you and your future spouse must disclose all of your assets, holdings, and property. You must also disclose your debts. Though Ohio law does not require it, attorneys for both spouses should review the agreement to ensure that it is fair. In addition, two witnesses must be present for the agreement to be legally valid.

The Lawrence Law Office of Columbus, Ohio can help with this process.

Ohio Law and Stepparent Adoption

More and more families are realizing that love is better the second time around. Mixed families have increased, and with them, the need for formal legal arrangements to be reached between stepparents and the children they are inheriting in their new families. These agreements establish a legal parent/guardian relationship between parents and their children.

The team at the Lawrence Law Office can help mixed families establish their legal guardianship over the newest members of their family.

Understanding the Adoption Process in Columbus

Family law attorneys also help families adopt children. In fact, it’s one of the best parts of our job. While the process of adoption is quite complicated and parents are expected to be prepared for the reality of bringing a child into their home, our attorneys can help facilitate the process. We will ensure that you have all your information in order and navigate the complex legal system that transfers guardianship of a child to a parent.

How Grandparents can Secure Visitation Rights

Divorce is hard on everyone, regardless of whether or not it is for the best. Sometimes grandparents fear that they will be left out when custody comes before the bench. We believe that it’s in a child’s best interests to maintain stable relationships with both sides of the family. We can help grandparents establish their rights to visitation.

How Mediation Services work for Columbus Residents

Linda Lawrence is an OSBA certified specialist, a distinction granted to a few attorneys in certain areas of practice. Throughout her career, she has dedicated herself to family law in the State of Ohio.

As a mediator, Linda Lawrence provides a dispute resolution tool for former couples who need to hammer out post-divorce arrangements. This is often better for the children because the process is not as adversarial and tends to be resolved quicker. It’s also more cost-effective for the parents.

Mediation offers parents a chance to reach agreements outside of the courtroom where they run the risk of completely losing control of the situation. Lawrence Law Office can help make important arrangements between you and your former spouse without involving the courts and a judge.

Client Reviews

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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.


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.


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.


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.


Contact a Family Law Attorney in Columbus Today

The Lawrence Law Office serves Columbus and central Ohio. If you need help meditating your divorce, need to make arrangements for an adoption, need to put your new spouse’s guardianship rights in writing, or need to establish paternity we can help. Give us a call or contact us online and we can begin discussing your situation today.

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Our Practice Areas

Family Law

Attorneys for Divorce, Child Custody & More At the Lawrence Law Office, we are committed to helping families in conflict find creative solutions that focus on addressing their goals and...


Columbus & Delaware, OH Divorce Lawyers In Ohio, there is more than one way to separate from your partner and dissolve your marriage. A divorce is typically a contested proceeding, with each side...

Contempt and
Enforcement and
Post divorce

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

Business owner

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

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...

High Asset
Divorce Cases

Helping With Child Custody, Visitation & Support Updates Or Modifications Sometimes circumstances substantially change after a divorce and require parents to revisit an existing...


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