Ohio Divorce and Family Law | Attorney Lawyer
When a marriage is irrevocably damaged, having the legal support you need is crucial to ensuring that the divorce process is resolved in the most efficient and favorable manor possible. The Ohio divorce lawyers at Wright & Schulte LLC understand that, with life-altering choices on the line, such as property division and possibly child custody, these highly emotional cases can be traumatizing to the divorcing parties, as well as their families. Our skilled, compassionate legal professionals are extremely adept in offering objective legal advice while also vigorously representing our clients’ rights and interests. Although our Ohio divorce and family law attorneys strive to achieve mutually beneficial divorce settlements for all parties involved through mediation, they will also do what is necessary to assert our clients’ rights when necessary.
Ohio Divorce Law
Divorce is a matter governed by state law, and in Ohio, married couples can initiate divorce proceedings as long as the individual filing for divorce (i.e., the plaintiff) has lived in the state for at least six months. Should the plaintiff not meet this residency requirement, a legal separation can be filed as an initial step towards the divorce until this requirement has been satisfied. According to Ohio divorce law, grounds for divorce can include adultery, extreme cruelty, habitual drunkenness or incompatibility (Incompatibility can only be grounds for divorce if the both parties agree upon it). Additionally, a married individual may file for divorce if the other party is imprisoned at the time of the divorce, if the other party was already legally married to someone else at the time of the current marriage, or if the married couple has not lived together for at least one year.
When divorce proceedings are initiated, a number of other matters of Ohio family law will also need to be resolved, and the Ohio family lawyers at Wright & Schulte LLC are proficient at securing the best results regarding the following matters for our Clients:
- Distribution of property, other assets and debt
- Child custody and visitation rights (including visitation rights for extended family, such as grandparent visitation rights)
- Spousal support and child support
- Valuation and division of business(es)
- Prenuptial agreements
Keep in mind that, even after a divorce has been finalized, divorced parties may still need the experienced legal assistance of Wright & Schulte LLC’s Ohio divorce attorneys in order to modify child custody or visitation decrees, modify child support and/or spousal support, appeal the divorce settlement or enforce the current court orders regarding the divorce settlement.
Ohio Divorce Alternatives: Dissolution of Marriage, Legal Separation and Annulment in Ohio Depending on the circumstances of an individual’s marriage, dissolution of the marriage, legal separation or annulment may be a better option than divorce for ending the marriage. The Ohio family law attorneys at Wright & Schulte are well versed in all possible alternatives to divorce and can provide experienced legal advice regarding an individual’s best options. Generally, a dissolution of marriage may be the most favorable option when divorcing parties agree on all issues of the divorce (e.g. property division, spousal support, child custody/child support, etc.). In such cases, the agreed-upon divorce settlement will need to be included with the petition for a marital dissolution, and soon-to-be ex-spouses can save significant money in legal fees, as this process streamlines the ending of the marriage. If a divorce petition has already been filed, it can be changed to a dissolution of marriage – typically without additional court fees – if the aforementioned circumstances exist.
For plaintiffs who do not want to divorce for religious reasons, legal separation may be the most viable option. Other reasons that some plaintiffs seek a legal separation, rather than divorce, may include the desire to have their spouse still support them financially or to retain coverage under their spouse’s health insurance.
Ohio annulment, the legal process of declaring that a marriage never, in fact, existed, can be a more preferable option if one party is still legally married to another person, if the consent to marry was forcibly obtained (or was obtained fraudulently) or if one party has been legally declared mentally incompetent. There are a few other circumstances in which an Ohio annulment may be granted, and the Ohio family law attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC can help advise you on whether your case is eligible for this option.
Ohio Family Law Consults and Divorce Evaluations
Ohio family law is complicated, and those looking to end their marriage can greatly benefit from the experienced legal counsel that the Ohio divorce attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC can give. Understanding and discrete, our Ohio family lawyers can help you navigate through complex divorce proceedings while ensuring that your rights and interests are fully represented. In addition to offering advice on the best manner in which to proceed, we can help you achieve the best results to your family law matters so you can focus on starting the next chapter of your life. Call today for a FREE consultation and get experienced legal advice from an Ohio family law and divorce attorney at Wright & Schulte LLC. Please fill out the online form at the right-hand side of this page or call us at (937) 435-9999.