Areas of Practice
Divorce and Legal Separation
Divorce and marital separation are often counted among life’s most stressful and painful events. These difficult transitions can impact children, finances, friendships, careers and living situations in significant ways. With the help of a skilled lawyer, though, they can be managed well, and the damage and expense can be mitigated.
Mediation Collaborative Law and Cooperative Law
Traditional divorce litigation can be problematic. It exposes divorcing spouses to higher conflict, expensive and a greater potential for long-term dissatisfaction with the outcome. Many believe the negative financial and emotional impact on adults and children is often more pronounced than it needs to be, especially when alternatives are now available.
Alternative dispute resolution, (ADR), can produce better results than litigation when it comes to family law. Through mediation, collaborative law, cooperative law, and arbitration participants play an active role in working toward the best possible outcomes for their lives and their families’ futures.
allocation of parental rights & responsibilities and Parenting time
In a divorce or other family law case, allocation of parental rights & responsibilities and parenting time can be major points of disagreement. Parents want to spend time with their children, and courts are charged with acting in the children's best interests. When a divorce is occurring, parents and children want to be treated fairly when allocation of parental rights & responsibilities and parenting time are decided.
LGBTQ and Same Sex Couples
For lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and couples, life can be complicated. Relationships, jobs, and daily activities mean that most of us come in contact with the law regularly–and for LGBT folks, that means staying in touch with current laws and rules. Whether it’s changes to the laws about same-sex marriage, or special tax rules that apply to LGBTQ couples, there’s a lot to know.
I am trained and certified by the Ohio Supreme Court as a parenting coordinator to assist families get beyond disputes and help them learn to co-parent.
Child Support and Spousal Support
Child support is intended to provide for the children's needs. It can be ordered by a judge in a divorce case or in a Juvenile court case involving unmarried parents. Spousal support, (formerly known as alimony) is ordered in some divorce cases. In Ohio, child support and spousal support arrangements are meant to be fair, just and equitable.
Appellate courts do not retry cases or hear new evidence. Instead, appellate courts review what occurred in the trial court to see if the proper procedures were followed and the proper law was applied. Because of the limited nature of this review, the issues properly raised on appeal are significantly different from those that are raised at trial.
The appellate court will usually defer to the trial court or jury on factual issues. However, the appellate court has the final word on what the law is. On issues of law, the appellate court will not defer to the trial court but will instead independently decide the issue.