Family Law, Divorce and Child Custody

family2No one ever expects to need a family law attorney to help with divorce and child custody matters, but unfortunately, the time does come for many.

 

The attorneys at Spengler Nathanson who focus on divorce and child custody cases are sensitive to the heightened levels of stress and emotion that accompany these life events.

 

When you need a divorce attorney, child custody lawyer, or have need for an attorney familiar with other types of family law such as adoption, domestic violence, and mediation, please consider contacting us. We’ll get you in touch with the right attorney for you and your family.

 

To learn more about any of the services listed below, simply click on the link. To speak to a family law attorney directly, please contact us here.

 

Adoptions

Spengler Nathanson attorneys represent petitioners requesting the adoption (relatives and step-parents) and birth mothers and birth fathers when consenting to an adoption or contesting an adoption.

 

Attorneys who can assist you:
Patricia H. Kurt
Tonya M. Robinson
Stephen M. Szuch
Teresa L. Grigsby

Child Custody

Child custody litigation can occur in the Domestic Relations Court or in the Juvenile Court between natural parents, grandparents and other relatives.

 

Attorneys who can assist you:

Patricia H. Kurt
Tonya M. Robinson
Stephen M. Szuch

Child Support

Legal custodians of children can be awarded child support prior to separation for married couples, during a divorce, and when parentage has been established in the Juvenile court. Spengler Nathanson has experienced attorneys who understand child support laws.

 

Attorneys who can assist you:
Patricia H. Kurt
Tonya M. Robinson
Stephen M. Szuch

Dissolutions

Ohio law permits a dissolution of marriage when all issues of child custody, spousal support and property division are agreed to by both the husband and the wife. A dissolution of marriage can be obtained between thirty and ninety days after filing with the court. You must be a resident of Ohio for six months and of your current county for ninety days before filing a Petition for Dissolution.

 

Attorneys who can assist you:

Patricia H. Kurt
Tonya M. Robinson
Stephen M. Szuch

Divorce

Unfortunately, many marriages end up in contested divorces. Our attorneys have experience litigating child custody, visitation and child support issues as well as property division and spousal support.

Attorneys who can assist you:

Patricia H. Kurt
Tonya M. Robinson
Stephen M. Szuch

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence occurs when a family member or household member attempts to cause or recklessly causes bodily injury to another family or household member. Domestic violence can also occur when a family or household member places another family or household member in fear of imminent serious physical harm due to a threat of force or actual physical force. Domestic violence can be a civil or a criminal case.

 

Attorneys who can assist you:
Patricia H. Kurt
Tonya M. Robinson
Stephen M. Szuch

Guardian ad Litem

A Guardian ad Litem is an attorney appointed by a Judge or Magistrate in Domestic Relations Court, Juvenile Court or Probate Court to conduct an independent investigation for the court to make a recommendation regarding the best interest of a child or children.

Attorneys who can assist you:
Patricia H. Kurt
Tonya M. Robinson
Stephen M. Szuch

Juvenile Court

Juvenile Court handles all legal matters when children are born to unmarried couples, a child is delinquent, a child is a traffic offender, when a child is dependent, abused or neglected or when a non-parent wants custody of a child, e.g. a grandparent, relative or other non-related person.

Attorneys who can assist you:
Patricia H. Kurt
Tonya M. Robinson
Stephen M. Szuch

Mediations

Mediation is an impartial, neutral process designed to help couples resolve issues about children and property. Many Shared Parenting Plans have mediation clauses requiring the couple to mediate before filing a motion in court. Mediation can help resolve disputes before, during and following a break up.

 

Attorneys who can assist you:
Patricia H. Kurt
Tonya M. Robinson
Stephen M. Szuch

Name Change

A name change can occur during a divorce proceeding in Domestic Relations Court, in a parentage proceeding in Juvenile Court and when a child is adopted in Probate Court. Sometimes adults choose to change their names or a parent wishes to change the last name of their child.

Attorneys who can assist you:
Patricia H. Kurt
Tonya M. Robinson
Stephen M. Szuch
James C. Anderson

Parentage

Unmarried couples with children often go to Juvenile Court to establish parentage of a child. After parentage is determined, often by genetic DNA testing, then the Juvenile Court can issue orders regarding custody, visitation and child support.

 

Spengler Nathanson attorneys Patricia Hayden Kurt, Tonya Robinson and Stephen Szuch are experienced attorneys representing mothers and fathers at child support enforcement agencies, the Juvenile Court and in Domestic Relations Court when parentage of a child is the issue.

 

Attorneys who can assist you:
Patricia H. Kurt
Tonya M. Robinson
Stephen M. Szuch

Parenting Coordinator

When post-relationship couples have great difficulty communicating with each other a Parenting Coordinator can help. A Parenting Coordinator is generally appointed by a court but paid for by the couple. The Parenting Coordinator helps to resolve day to day visitation disputes between parties lessening ongoing court involvement.

 

Attorneys who can assist you:
Patricia H. Kurt
Tonya M. Robinson
Stephen M. Szuch

Prenuptial Agreements

Prior to marriage, couples may want to define rights to property or support in the event of divorce or upon death. A properly drafted prenuptial agreement can protect your property interests.

Attorneys who can assist you:
Patricia H. Kurt
Tonya M. Robinson
Stephen M. Szuch

Separation Agreements

Sometimes married couples want to live separate from each other but remain married. Separation Agreements can provide for custody and support of couples living apart from each other.

 

Attorneys who can assist you:
Patricia H. Kurt
Tonya M. Robinson
Stephen M. Szuch

Shared Parenting

When unmarried and divorcing couples desire to share decision making authority regarding their child’s or children’s lives, a Shared Parenting Plan will define each parents possessory schedule of the child or children, support, medical and educational issues.

Attorneys who can assist you:
Patricia H. Kurt
Tonya M. Robinson
Stephen M. Szuch

Stalking

Anti-stalking protection orders can be granted when someone is being harassed by a family or household member. Protection orders can last for up to five years.

Attorneys who can assist you:
Patricia H. Kurt
Tonya M. Robinson
Stephen M. Szuch

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