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Domestic Relations

A divorce, dissolution, or custody battle can be stressful for everyone involved. Regardless of your situation, we ensure that your options are made clear from the beginning and we will fight to enforce your rights.

  • Dissolution: A dissolution is the termination of a marriage where both parties agree on everything. A Petition for dissolution, along with a separation agreement regarding all property, spousal support, and any child custody issues, will be signed and jointly filed with the Court by both parties involved. Thereafter, the Court will set a hearing date where both parties must appear before the Court and acknowledge their understanding and agreement to the filed separation agreement. If you and your spouse want to terminate your marriage and have an understanding as to how everything will be divided, the team at Wright & Associates can prepare and file the appropriate documents. If you and your spouse are close to a resolution but are not quite there yet, we can help draft proposals that may be satisfactory to both parties, allowing you to proceed with a dissolution.
  • Divorce: A divorce is the termination of a marriage where the parties disagree on at least one issue. Often parties disagree regarding child custody or the division of certain assets. If you are considering a divorce, contact Wright & Associates and we will walk you through the divorce process, help you understand your rights based on current Ohio law, and fight for you so that you receive what you are legally entitled to during the divorce process.
  • Legal Separation: A legal separation does not legally terminate a marriage. However, it does allow a court to issue orders concerning real estate, spousal support, custody issues, and any other orders that the parties may need. This is usually considered when the parties have not been in the state long enough to proceed with a divorce, but still need orders from a court deciding certain issues. There are various other instances when a legal separation may be justified. If you believe your circumstances may warrant a legal separation, give us a call today to discuss your situation.
  • Child Custody: Child custody issues usually contain a vast array of factors that need to be considered. Often, clients tell us that they want “custody” of their children. However, in most instances parties do not understand that there are two types of custody arrangements that must be determined. Physical custody – the amount of time each parent is permitted to spend with the child; and legal custody – the parent who has the right to make decisions regarding the child’s health, education, and welfare. In some cases, a Court can order joint legal and physical custody of the minor children wherein both parents get to see their children equally and both parents get to share in the decision making regarding the minor children. The issue of child support is usually also decided during the allocation of child custody.

The Court’s decision in child custody cases are dependent upon each particular set of circumstances which includes the child’s wishes, the role of the parent in the child’s life thus far, the circumstances of the parties going forward, and several other factors that the court considers to determine what is in the child’s best interest. If you would like to understand your rights and discuss your particular circumstances in more detail, please give us a call.