Hermann, Cahn & Schneider, LLP – Offering Counsel and Advocacy for Your Family Law Issues
“Family Law” in Ohio can involve a plethora of different legal issues and cases. When one mentions the term ‘family law,’ many people simply think of divorce, but in reality, family law cases can arise in almost any situation. Our firm has decades of collective experience in helping clients work through their family law matters, and as a result the firm has handled a wide variety of different cases.
Below is a brief introduction to some of the issues Hermann, Cahn & Schneider, LLP has handled over the years, one or more of which you are likely facing today:
Ohio Divorce Laws
Obviously, divorce is the most well known type of family law case, and divorce cases are the cornerstone of our practice. The firm has a long and successful history of helping clients move past this difficult time with successful results. Divorce cases can involve such issues as child custody, property division, spousal support, child support, business valuation, premarital or separate property, and division of retirement assets.
Ohio Child Custody Laws
Child custody is one of the most emotionally charged aspects of any marriage termination. Custody disputes require specialized skills and experience from the lawyers who handle such cases, and the Hermann, Cahn & Schneider Family Law attorneys have both. In Ohio, custody of children can be awarded to one parent, as a sole residential parent and legal custodian, or to both parents, in a Shared Parenting Plan. Deciding which option is in the best interest of your children often involves the use of Guardian Ad Litems and/or mental health professionals who perform child custody evaluations.
Ohio Child Support Laws
In nearly every divorce involving children, the issue of child support is significant. Ohio courts award child support to the primary residential parent in most cases. While the amount of child support is normally established by the Ohio child support guideline worksheet, there are significant variables that can dramatically alter the amount of child support you may be ordered to pay or receive, especially in high income families. Further, child support can be awarded in cases where a child is born out of wedlock. Our family law attorneys have vast experience in a wide array of child support cases.
Ohio Alimony Laws
One of the most contentious issues in Ohio family law is Alimony, otherwise known as “spousal support”. Alimony is money paid by one spouse to the other for financial support. Typically, the support is paid over a period of time and on a monthly basis. A divorce court can order alimony to be paid during a divorce proceeding (temporary spousal support) and/or after the proceeding is over. Ohio judges have significant discretion to determine if an alimony award is appropriate in your case, and if so, for how much and how long. Our attorneys have extensive experience in divorce cases involving alimony, representing individuals seeking to obtain alimony awards, or defending against such claims.
Special Issues Involving High Net Worth
The family law attorneys at Hermann, Cahn & Schneider have frequently worked with families who own substantial assets and have a high net worth. We recognize that this type of wealth carries with it a special set of issues and complications when facing divorce. Our attorneys have specialized knowledge and experience in valuing and dividing closely held businesses, family trusts, and large investment portfolios. We also understand the need for privacy and discretion when dealing with some of these issues.
Collaborative divorce is a relatively new phenomenon in the world of family law, and it involves the parties working together towards a solution in the hopes of avoiding full-blown litigation. The firm’s role in this process is to help guide the client through the process.
Mediation is an alternative form of dispute resolution whereby a third party helps guide those getting a divorce towards a negotiated settlement.
Cooperative divorce is an even more recent development than collaborative divorce, whereby the parties work to negotiate a settlement that states the intent of the parties in a non-binding agreement.
Paternity Facts and Fiction
Individuals who have children together, but are not married, have their own set of family law issues and problems. In Ohio, these issues are resolved in the Juvenile Court division of the county you live in. If you have a child out of wedlock, you especially need the assistance of an experienced and knowledgeable attorney to secure your rights and establish an equitable and reasonable custody and child support order.
Ohio Prenuptial Laws
Issues with prenuptial agreements can arise either before the marriage, when such an agreement is proposed and negotiated, or when the marriage ends in regards to enforcing the terms of the agreement. Our attorneys have drafted, negotiated, enforced or challenged countless prenuptial agreements.
More Family Law Practice Areas
Obviously, the types of Ohio family law cases mentioned above are but examples of the all-encompassing family law practice our firm offers. If you are facing the prospect of handing a family law issue in Ohio, contact our firm today to schedule an initial consultation.