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If you are looking to adopt a child, you will need to be aware of the many different steps that you will need to take in order to begin the process. Adoptions can be very complex, so a legal professional is always recommended. If you have the ability to provide a loving and safe home for a child, then you should be given every opportunity to adopt.


Ohio is a "no fault" state, meaning you do not need to prove a spouse was "at fault." Filing for a divorce allows the court to divide your property and debts, award one of you (alimony), limit one spouse’s contact with the children (if warranted), change a spouse’s name, and, if you have children, enter a parenting plan and order child support. Ending a marriage is not only emotionally draining, but it can be monetarily draining as well.  Be sure to consult a reputable lawyer to help you throughout your case to make sure your finances stay intact.

Dissolution of Marriage

A dissolution is a non-adversarial proceeding to legally end a marriage. The spouses file a joint petition with the court, requesting that the court review and approve the agreement that they have agreed upon. That agreement resolves the relevant issues such as division of property, allocation of marital debt, and allocation of parental rights and responsibilities (custody and support).

In order to use the dissolution procedures, the spouses have to reach agreement on all of these issues. The dissolution procedure provides the same legal effect as a divorce. It avoids conflict and confrontation, is usually much quicker, is usually significantly less expensive.

Child Support

Child support is determined by a formula written into Ohio state law along with other factors that can be negotiated during divorce proceedings. Child support is payable until the child reaches the age of 18, or until he or she graduates from high school, whichever is later. Even if a noncustodial parent has been ordered by the court to pay child support, it doesn't necessarily mean they actually will. Sometimes it's necessary for the custodial parent to take further action in order to get paid on time.

Elder Law

Navigating long-term care and planning for a loved one is a complex and emotionally charged necessity for many. Experience and knowledge with Medicaid rules, long-term health planning, guardianships/power of attorneys and more is extremely important. That’s why we work with you to make this process as expedient, professional and compassionate as possible, and why we’ll ensure that we have your best interest top of mind.


A guardian is typically appointed to manage the personal and/or financial affairs of a minor or of an adult who cannot do so because of legal or mental incapacity. Our team has completed the requirements for the Supreme Court of Ohio for guardianships and has extensive experience working with probate court. Our team can help you navigate the process as the attorneys for the guardian or be appointed guardians as well.

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