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Melissa Moriarty Gast
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LLC

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Family Law Information

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Family and Juvenile Law Topics:

What should I bring to our first consultation?

At our initial, free, half-hour consultation, our attorneys will discuss with you the options that you have in Ohio to resolve your current legal situation, whether you are in need of a divorce or dissolution, are seeking custody of a child, or wish to pursue or defend against a child support order.  As such, you do not need to bring anything with you to our meeting.  If you are seeking a consultation to discuss an unresolved post-divorce issue between you and your former spouse or wish to modify a previously-issued court order, bringing a copy of your court order or divorce decree is suggested but not necessary.

How long will my case take to finish once it is filed with the court?

Divorces involving children in Ohio are permitted to take up to 18 months from filing date to end date.  Divorcing couples without children are permitted to take up to 12 months to finish their divorce case.  Dissolutions are much faster to accomplish and are always recommended over a divorce if your spouse and you can reach an agreement on all issues in a quick and amicable fashion.  There is a mere 30 day waiting period in dissolution cases, which begins the day your dissolution is filed.  Once the 30 day period expires, your case will be concluded in one final hearing before a judge.

If your case involves a post-divorce issue or a custody, visitation or support issue between non-married parents or child custodians, your case should be finished in about 9 months.

Where do I go for my court hearings?

Your case will usually be filed in the Ohio county in which either you or your spouse has resided for at least 90 days prior to the filing date.  As such, you will attend all court hearings at the court of common pleas in the Ohio county in which your case was filed.  The Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division and Juvenile Branch, is located at 373 S. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43215. See the official webiste of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas for more information about Franklin County courts.

The Delaware County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Court, is located at 91 N. Sandusky Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015.  The Delaware County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Court, is located at 140 N. Sandusky St., Delaware, Ohio 43015.  See the official website of the Delaware County Common Pleas Court for more information about Delaware County courts.

My spouse and I are in disagreement over custody. What are our options?

Ohio courts are in agreement that both parents should maintain a strong bond with their children. You will have to work with your ex-spouse or child’s parent for years to come so reducing the animosity is essential.  Our attorneys will assess your family’s structure, traditions and future goals to determine whether sole custody is appropriate in your case, or if you and your spouse or child’s parent should agree to shared parenting—Ohio’s form of joint custody.  Shared parenting is becoming more common in Ohio, and sole custody is becoming less common.  However, our attorneys will litigate your custody issues in a manner that is best for you and your children.

What financial issues will be decided in a divorce or dissolution regarding our children’s needs?

Our attorneys will calculate child support payments that are necessary in your case according to Ohio laws. Further, financial topics regarding education, health care, including health insurance costs and uncovered medical costs, college tuition, summer camp and after-school extracurricular activities will need to be contemplated in any custody agreement. If an agreement cannot be reached, our attorneys will fight to ensure that your children's lifestyles are maintained as best as possible post-divorce.




The information contained herein  is intended to provide broad, general information about the law.  Before applying this information to a specific legal problem, you are urged to seek advice from an attorney. 

Helpful Links:

Local Model Parenting Schedules by Ohio County:

Delaware County

Fairfield County

Franklin County

Licking County

Union County (See Rule 33, Exhibit B)

Ohio Courts:

Supreme Court of Ohio

 

 

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