Reputable Divorce Attorney in Southwest Ohio Provides Caring Guidance
Comprehensive counsel for marriage dissolution, child custody and support, and related divorce matters
At the Law Offices of W. Scott Russell, LLC, I have become known for providing Southwest Ohio clients with dependable and skilled legal support for divorce and other domestic issues. In addition to representing clients in traditional divorce matters, I have considerable experience with the collaborative process. Whether you’re seeking alimony, ironing out a child custody arrangement, updating a visitation schedule, or looking to modify a child support order, you can rely on me to protect your rights and advance your interests.
Tenacious lawyer helps you file for divorce or marriage dissolution in Ohio
To end your marriage in Ohio, you have two legal options: divorce or dissolution of marriage. To get a divorce, you or your spouse must have lived in the state for at least six months and in the county where you are filing for a minimum of 90 days, and one of you must allege fault on the part of the other spouse, based on one of the grounds the state recognizes. Among these are adultery, willful absence for more than a year, extreme cruelty, and habitual drunkenness. But if you and your spouse agree on ending your marriage and can reach consensus on important issues, you can seek a marriage dissolution, which is often thought of as an uncontested divorce. You can file for dissolution on the grounds of incompatibility or because you have willingly lived separate and apart for at least one year. I will uphold your rights and fight for your interests in whichever path you choose to end your marriage.
Collaborative divorce adviser stands by your side
Collaborative divorce relies on a cooperative approach that steers you and your spouse toward a mutually beneficial agreement. As someone who has more than a decade of experience practicing collaborative divorce law, I know how to negotiate efficiently and effectively on behalf of my clients. If you and your spouse are able to agree on issues like spousal support and custody, collaborative divorce may be right for you.
Strong advocate assists with marital asset division
When a marriage ends, issues involving the couple’s property are often among the most contentious. Under Ohio law, all assets and property acquired during the marriage by either spouse are considered to be marital assets. Because Ohio is an equitable distribution state, those assets must be divided in a manner that is considered equitable though not necessarily even. I provide skilled advocacy for clients in property distribution matters, advancing your right to a fair division by ensuring the court has complete and accurate financial information to go by.
Seasoned attorney guides you through child custody and support decisions
In any divorce involving couples who are parents of minor children, the welfare of those children takes precedence over all other issues. When you seek my help in a divorce, I work diligently to protect your child’s rights in addition to your parental rights. Drawing on my extensive family law experience, I can confidently assist you with the following matters:
- Child custody and visitation — In many cases, the court tries to award a joint legal custody arrangement even if one parent has primary physical custody. However, the court’s first concern is acting in what it determines to be the best interests of the child. If a parent is deemed unhealthy or dangerous to the child’s well-being, visitation rights can be limited or supervised.
- Child support — Parents, whether they’re married or not, are obligated to support their children. Child support in Ohio is based on the parents’ combined income and the number of children involved, among other factors, and is usually paid by the noncustodial parent to the parent with whom the child resides. I represent clients seeking fair child support payments that reflect their true financial circumstances and also assist clients in enforcement and modification matters.
Assertive counsel for alimony
Alimony, or spousal support, consists of payments made by one spouse to the other in a divorce. Courts award such payments to limit an unfair economic advantage to one ex-spouse over the other when one has not been a primary wage-earner during the marriage. Courts award spousal support based on a number of factors, including the length of the marriage, marital income, standard of living during the marriage, and the age and health of each spouse. I routinely help clients draft sound temporary and permanent spousal support agreements.
I will represent your interests and those of your children in these important matters so that you can emerge from your divorce with confidence and hope in the future.
Contact a skilled family law attorney in Ohio
The Law Offices of W. Scott Russell, LLC represents divorcing spouses and families across Southwest Ohio. Call 513-268-0099 or contact my firm online to schedule a free initial consultation at my Lebanon office.