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Westerville Ohio Divorce Lawyer

Ohio Divorce Attorney Representing Westerville Clients

Divorce is often difficult and complex under any circumstances, and it can result in significant animosity between spouses. It is critical to have a Westerville Ohio divorce lawyer on your side to ensure that your voice is heard during the case and that you achieve the best possible outcome when it comes to property division, spousal support, and issues involving minor children from your marriage. At the Lawrence Law Office, we are committed to providing compassionate and experienced representation to our clients in all aspects of their Ohio divorce cases. Whether you are in the initial stages of planning for a divorce or you need assistance with your current divorce case, one of the advocates at our firm can speak with you today.

Common Divorce Issues We Handle in Westerville

At the Lawrence Law Office, we represent clients in many different areas of divorce law and assist with various legal issues that arise in Ohio divorce. Examples of some of the common divorce issues we handle include but are not limited to:

 

  • Complex property division;
  • Dividing business assets;
  • Divorce for owners of small businesses;
  • Military divorce;
  • High asset divorces;
  • Social media and your divorce case;
  • Dividing retirement assets in a divorce;
  • Tax consequences of property division and spousal support;
  • Enforcement of prenuptial agreements in your divorce;
  • Child custody during a divorce;
  • Child support issues; and
  • Modifications of divorce orders.

Uncontested Versus Contested Divorce in Westerville, OH

When you are considering a divorce, you might come across the terms uncontested and contested divorce, especially if you are trying to determine how long your divorce is likely to take. What is the difference between an uncontested and a contested divorce? In short, under Ohio divorce law, an uncontested divorce is one in which the spouses have reached an agreement about every single issue in the divorce case, from the division of marital property to shared parenting.

In an uncontested divorce, the court does not need to hear the case in order to determine how property should be divided equitably between the parties, for example, or what an appropriate allocation of parental rights and responsibilities should look like. Accordingly, uncontested divorces tend to go more quickly than contested divorces and to cost less money and time. A contested divorce, differently, is one in which even a single issue remains in dispute. Contested divorces can be those in which the parties disagree on all issues and need the court to make those decisions, or they can involve scenarios in which the spouses have reached an agreement on all issues except one, such as property division or child custody. Given that the court needs to make one or more decisions in a contested divorce, these cases tend to take more time.

Understanding Westerville Ohio Divorce Property Division

Ohio is an “equitable distribution” state when it comes to the division of marital property. What this means is that, as part of your divorce case, the court will divide all marital property, which includes assets and debts from the marriage, in a way that is equitable to both spouses. In some cases, equitable distribution may result in an equal or 50/50 property split, but you should know that “equitable” does not mean the same thing as “equal.”

Before the court can divide marital property, it must classify all property owned by both parties. Any assets that are classified as separate or non-marital property will not be subject to distribution, while all assets that are classified as marital property will be divided. In general, assets and debts acquired prior to the date of marriage, as well as assets acquired during the marriage with separate funds, as gifts, or through inheritances will also be classified as separate property and will not be divided in your divorce.

When You Have Minor Children from Your Marriage in Your Westerville Divorce

If you have minor children from your marriage and are planning on a divorce, you should know that the court will also make determinations about child custody and child support as part of your divorce case. Your divorce lawyer in Westerville can provide you with more information about how divorce courts handle issues involving shared parenting and child support obligations.

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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.

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.

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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.

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Contact Our Westerville Divorce Attorneys for More Information

Anyone who goes through a divorce in Ohio should have our experienced Westerville divorce lawyers on their side. Divorce law is complicated, and it is critical to have an attorney who can help to ensure that you receive a fair distribution of marital property and that your divorce is handled as quickly and effectively as possible. Contact the Lawrence Law Office to speak with one of our attorneys about getting started on your divorce case.

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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...

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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...

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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
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

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

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