We Can help With Sensitive Topics
Our family law attorneys in Troy are here to help you with various legal issues. Family disputes are one of the most sensitive areas of the law, and you need a legal advocate on your side who will help advocate for your rights.
Here are some of the top types of family law cases our team handles at Dungan & LeFevre:
Divorce is one of the top reasons you may find yourself in family court. You must deal with several important legal issues when ending your marriage. Divorce can be complicated, and in these situations, it’s better to have a family law attorney who cares about you and your family. They can work with you on pre-divorce negotiations.
Our team is ready to help you protect yourself, your assets, and your future.
Under Ohio law, instead of determining child “custody,” the court system “allocates parental rights and responsibilities for the care of children.” Both parents will have visitation rights and must adhere to a specific parenting schedule.
Even if your child’s other parent seems agreeable to a loose custody schedule, a family law attorney can help create a parenting agreement that will hold them accountable, so there’s less confusion.
Both parents must provide financial support for their children, no matter their relationship. Generally, the parent will be required to provide child support to the child’s primary caregiver.
Child support will be based on several factors, like who is paying for extracurricular activities, housing, or whether the child has special needs. Support orders can be modified if the parents’ circumstances change.
In some states with community property laws, your spouse is entitled to half of the marital assets when you divorce. Ohio operates under an equitable distribution system. Marital property, assets, and debts will be distributed fairly after a divorce.
The court will consider some factors when dividing marital property, like the length of the marriage or any support payment agreements between the spouses.
Spousal support is not an entitlement in every divorce. The judge will determine whether spousal support is appropriate.
Things can affect the support amount, like the length of the marriage, both spouses’ income or education levels, or even how one spouse may have supported the other through life.
A family law attorney can examine your circumstances and work to create an equitable support plan with you.
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You could resolve your family law issues without stepping into a courtroom with help from your family law attorney. You should turn to an experienced family law attorney to ensure the best outcome if you do have to take your dispute to trial.
If you and your other involved family members cannot agree outside of court, your case will go to trial, and a judge will have the authority to make these decisions for you.
That’s why you should hire a family law attorney: they can secure evidence and present if your case goes to trial.
It would be best if you had a family law attorney who would put your needs first and protect your interests and that of your children. Dungan & LeFevre’s family law attorneys are ready to hear your case.
We have extensive experience handling family law cases in court. Our insight lets us prepare for tactics your family members might use.
We also will be able to anticipate how judges will react to evidence and arguments, recognize when cases should settle outside of court, and be prepared to advocate for your rights diligently should your case go to trial.
Going through a family law dispute can be expensive. When you are going through a divorce, child custody battle, or need to draw up legal papers, it is vital to consider the cost of your attorney.
Our family law attorneys offer competitive rates and can work with you regarding payment so you can retain the legal advice and support you need when you need it most.
Family law issues are deeply emotional. This often makes these types of cases particularly contentious. The last thing you need is to make a rash decision that is not in the best interests of yourself or your children.
Our family law attorneys will be by your side every step of the way to offer objective advice and take steps to protect you wherever possible. This might include seeking protective orders, going over your finances to argue against spousal support, or gathering evidence to prove domestic violence or abuse.
Learn More About Family Law
•Do I need a Legal Separation?
While some states require you to obtain a legal separation before moving forward with a divorce, that’s not the case in Ohio.
You can get a legal separation if you do not intend to remarry but do not want to go through the challenges of a divorce.
•Should I get a Dissolution or a Divorce?
It is essential to distinguish between the dissolution of a marriage and a divorce in Ohio. When your marriage dissolves, you and your spouse agree on all elements of your divorce settlement.
This includes spousal support, child support, child custody, division of marital property and assets, and more.
•Do I Need a Reason to Divorce?
In Ohio, you technically must have a reason, or “grounds,” for terminating your marriage.
Some examples include adultery, extreme cruelty, imprisonment, or incompatibility.
•What happens if a family court order is violated?
If a family court order is violated, the accused could face contempt of court or even criminal charges.
If you believe a defendant violates a court order and do not know how to protect yourself or what your next steps should be, contact your Troy family law attorney and local law enforcement officials to report these violations.
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