Cavitch Familo & Durkin, Co., L.P.A.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is intolerable. If you or a family member has been assaulted or harassed by a present or former household member, our family law attorneys will take action and protect your family. Our attorneys will be there for you at every step, as you engage in one of the most difficult times of your life. Domestic violence can take many forms:

  • Physical abuse from another past or present household or family member
  • Threats by a household or family member that cause you reasonable fear of imminent serious bodily harm
  • Abuse or neglect (statutorily defined)

If you are a victim of domestic violence, you have two methods for relief: criminal remedies and/or civil remedies.

  1. Criminal remedies – if you decide to prosecute the domestic violence through the criminal process, you will deal with the prosecutor’s office and you can be granted a protection order from the court, which generally lasts until the case is resolved.
  2. Civil remedies – you may seek to obtain a domestic violence civil protection order, which can last up to five years after a full hearing.  Any violation of the order is a criminal offense, and may be punishable by jail time.  In connection with a civil protection order, you may seek to remain in your residence, temporary custody, spousal support, child support and vehicles, if necessary.

Due to the nature of domestic violence, you should act quickly to protect your rights.  If you have questions about domestic violence, please contact one of our family law attorneys as soon as possible to find out how they can help.

Our family law attorneys work with our business, financial, tax, estate planning and bankruptcy attorneys as well to provide our clients with a comprehensive approach to all their family law needs. If you have a family law matter, please contact one of our family law attorneys as soon as possible to find out how they can help.


A dissolution requires cooperation and involves a separation where the parties can agree to all aspects of dissolving their marriage, i.e., property division, custody and support. This method of terminating a marriage is quicker and more cost-effective. Read more about a dissolution.

Property Division

Ohio utilizes an equitable distribution process to ensure that all of the marital assets and debts are equitably divided between the parties. Equitable does not necessarily mean “even” but, more importantly, “fair.” In other words, when a court seeks to divide the marital estate, it will do what is fair and appropriate; often times this results in an “even” division but sometimes it does not. Read more about property division.

Child Support

Child support is determined using a formula taking into consideration the number of children you have, the income of the parties, the parenting arrangement, medical care costs, daycare costs, who receives the tax dependency exemption(s) and various other factors. Read more about child support.

Spousal Support

Spousal support is left within the discretion of the particular judge assigned to your case. Read more about spousal support.


Our attorneys can assist with domestic relations and juvenile court related support modification issues. Read more about modifications.

Guardian ad Litem

Our attorneys are experienced at selecting and working with Guardian ad Litems to aid the parents and the court in making custodial and visitation determinations. Read more about Guardian ad Litem.

Parental Relocation

Whether you are the relocating parent or you want to dispute the relocation of the other parent, our family law attorneys are familiar with the laws surrounding parental relocation and out-of-state parenting issues. Read more about parental relocation.

Enforcement of Court Orders

It is important to take legal action to enforce orders of the court and to ensure that you receive the proper support, property, or parenting time. Read more about enforcement of court orders.

Prenuptial Agreements

A prenuptial agreement is a contract between two parties in contemplation of marriage. These agreements usually address property issues in the event of a divorce, dissolution or death. Read more about prenuptial agreements.