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Spousal Support

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Spousal Support Guidelines

Unlike child support, spousal support (formerly called alimony) is not governed by guidelines in the Ohio Revised Code. Rather, spousal support is left within the discretion of the particular judge assigned to your case. Spousal support is generally determined by factoring the parties’ length of marriage, income, contributions to the marriage and other factors. These factors and the method for determination of spousal support vary from county to county and judge to judge. Our attorneys are experienced with Northeastern and Northwestern Ohio counties and their judges and can assist you in accurately determining a likely spousal support award based on your particular case.

Family Law

We understand that our clients may have personal and family needs from time to time and we have attorneys that devote the majority of their practice to family law. The breakup of a family involves complex legal and emotional issues that require the experience and expertise of an attorney who is familiar with these concerns. Our family law attorneys provide advice, counsel and representation in a wide range of family law matters, in domestic relations court or juvenile court. Our family law attorneys are familiar with the practices of the courts in Ohio’s Northeastern and Northwestern counties, but have also practiced in other counties around the state.

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.

Child Custody, Visitation and Shared Parenting Plans
When making a custody determination, a court will review and consider a variety of factors and make its determination based on the best interests of the child(ren). Our attorneys will fight to protect your parental rights. Read more about child custody, visitation and shared parenting plans.
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.
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.

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