The courthouses are open in Ohio, even for contested divorces. This means any journalist can stroll in off the street and listen in as dirty laundry is aired in court. They can also report on your divorce to the public.
At our firm, we understand that our business clients value their good reputation above all else. It is the calling card for the entire organization. Fortunately, our executive divorce lawyers in Delaware County understand how to keep embarrassing information like drug or gambling addiction, infidelity, or spousal abuse out the paper and off the internet. Through negotiated settlement or arbitration—both of which are private—we can limit the number of issues that need to be presented before a judge in court.
Executive compensation, investments, and real estate often make up the bulk of an executive’s net worth. However, these assets might also be subject to equitable distribution in an Ohio divorce. Many of our clients have spent decades working hard to prepare for their retirements, which could now be jeopardized.
At Lawrence Law Office, we work with our executive clients to come up with a plan to preserve as much wealth as possible. We can consult with financial planners and tax professionals to fully understand the best ways to keep you on track for the future you desire.
Another key issue is alimony, which some judges might award to a lower-earning spouse. If you are an executive, you can expect the lawyer representing your spouse to push hard for a large, permanent alimony award to help your spouse maintain his or her standard of living. Alimony is not designed to be a windfall, but judges have discretion in this area. We can advocate on behalf of our clients to keep any alimony award as low as possible.
Parenting During and After a Divorce
Children add complexity to a divorce. If you are an executive who moves out of the family home, you need to work hard to maintain a relationship with your children, during and after the divorce. Many executives are so overburdened with work that their familial relationships often fall to the wayside. We will help you avoid that problem.
The foundation of co-parenting after divorce is the parenting plan, which identifies the parenting schedule. As an executive, you need a plan that works with your schedule but that retains some flexibility. We can negotiate a plan that harmonizes with your many professional responsibilities.
If you want the majority of time with your children, we can fight for that, too. However, we need to fully document the continuing bond you have had with your children despite your busy schedule. This requires careful planning and documentation.