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Divorce Attorneys Represent Clients in Lebanon, Ohio

Our law firm handles sensitive child support and custody disputes

Divorce is one of the most traumatic events that can occur in a lifetime, carrying repercussions not just for the divorcing spouses, but for the entire extended family. In this emotionally difficult time, you need guidance from legal professionals with decades of experience. Ernst & Associates knows that divorce takes you into an unfamiliar and often complicated realm of law at a time when you are least prepared for it, and we are here to help. Our reputable and skilled divorce attorneys practicing in Lebanon, Mason and West Chester can provide you with trustworthy and sensible guidance during the divorce process and as you map out your financial future.

What is involved in a divorce case in Ohio?

Divorce is a civil action brought by a spouse who wishes to end the marital relationship. Ohio law provides for fault and no-fault terminations of marriage. In order to seek a divorce based on fault, the party seeking the divorce must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Willful absence of the adverse party for one year
  • Adultery
  • Extreme cruelty
  • Any gross neglect of duty
  • Habitual drunkenness
  • Imprisonment of the adverse party in a state or federal correctional institution at the time of filing the complaint
  • Procurement of a divorce outside Ohio by either party
  • Incompatibility, unless denied by either party

While fault is not required to obtain a divorce, proving fault can help you when it comes to the division of property and spousal support awards. Our family law attorneys gather the necessary evidence to prove fault when a divorce is contested. When a divorce is not contested, the parties can work together to present a judge with a separation agreement. This nonadversarial process is known as dissolution.

Issues involving children in divorce

In most cases, custody is shared between parents. The courts generally believe that parents should be involved in their children’s lives when possible. When deciding on child custody, the court may choose to place the child or children in the care of one parent most of the time with either supervised visitation or a shared custody arrangement that allows the other parent to have access to their kids. Our attorneys work to create agreements between parents whenever possible to avoid an order from a judge who does not know your family or what is best for your children. We help parents decide on schedules for weekends, holidays and summers. When parents cooperate, a fully developed parenting plan can be presented to the judge for approval.

Ohio courts calculate child support payments based on a formula dictated by state law that takes into account the father’s and mother’s gross incomes. Our attorneys can help you understand this formula in detail and advocate on your behalf to reach a solution that works for you and your children.

Spousal support and division of assets in divorce cases

During a divorce, all of your marital property and debts must be divided. Ohio divides content equitably. Generally, courts start with an assumption that each party receives 50 percent of the property, but a variety of factors, including some of the grounds for divorce, can shift this balance. Prenuptial agreements can reduce the need for a fight over assets.

In some instances, one spouse is required to pay support to the other. The law allows courts to consider a wide variety of factors when determining how much alimony should be awarded and for how long. Our attorneys help you create a prenuptial agreement that is fair to both parties and protects your assets.

Consult with a diligent and dedicated Ohio divorce law firm that cares about you

Ernst & Associates’ loyalty and service is dedicated entirely to our clients. Our skills and experience as Warren County divorce and separation attorneys are at your service regardless of how complex or simple your divorce. Contact us online or call us at 513-268-0738 today for a free consultation to protect your future and that of your children.