With your marriage coming to an end, you are now in a position to set the stage for your future. The decisions you make now can mean the difference between struggling for years to come or living comfortably and happily. You do not have to make these decisions alone.
At The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc., our attorneys have the experience and know-how to help you through the difficult and emotional process of divorce. Know that we are committed to getting you through this in the manner that is most suited to you, your case and your needs. Although we are proud to offer aggressive litigation representation to clients involved in trial cases, we also offer effective mediation and collaborative law services. Our priority is protecting your rights and obtaining the best possible results for your unique case.
Our flexibility and wide range of family law skill sets have resulted in impressive firm accomplishments, including founding attorney Jon J. Saia's listing in Super Lawyers® since 2007, Best Lawyers® in America since 2012 and Super Lawyers® Top 50 Lawyers in Columbus, Ohio, since 2013.
Grounds For Divorce In Ohio
From our law offices in Columbus, Delaware, Cleveland and Mt. Gilead, we represent men and women throughout Ohio at all stages of divorce. If you are considering filing for divorce, you must first fulfill certain requirements. First of all, you must state the grounds for divorce. In addition to irreconcilable difference, grounds to file for divorce can include:
- Desertion for up to one year
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Extreme cruelty
- Fraudulent marital contract
- Gross neglect of marital duties
- Imprisonment at the time of filing a divorce
- Incompatibility, unless denied by either party
- Living separate and apart from one another through a legal separation agreement
- Your spouse had a living husband or wife at the time of your marriage
Ohio's family court requires that husband and wife complete a separation agreement that settles all property disputes and issues related to child support and custody. This agreement is then submitted to the court along with a request for the termination of a marriage. If either wife or husband cannot agree on any aspect of a separation at any point during the process, one must file a complaint with the court, and the case is then converted into a divorce. Our lawyers can help with all aspects of this process.
When Divorce Cases Become Complex
When children and stepchildren are involved, resolving certain family law issues such as child custody or child support can suddenly become even more complex than usual. Because stepparents are not acknowledged as legal parents in Ohio, problems can arise for stepparents who want to take care of their stepchildren. Other issues such as children with special needs, business ownership or unique property can also make the process more challenging. Our 100-plus years of combined experience mean we are ready for any challenge.
Discuss Divorce In A Free Consultation
We can help negotiate issues and provide you with valuable advice and representation to protect your interests and parental rights. If you are looking for help through the complex and confusing Ohio legal system, contact a family lawyer from The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc., to schedule a free case evaluation. Your solution could only be a phone call away.