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FAMILY LAW CASES CAN BE DIFFICULT FOR EVERYONE. LET THE LAWYERS AT GROTH & ASSOCIATES HELP.
Legal issues regarding your family can be emotional and highly sensitive. Parties to a family law case must protect their personal rights and interests, while also preserving important relationships and limiting unnecessary conflict. Whether you are dealing with a marital separation, a disagreement over your children, or any other family-related matter, it is imperative that you seek professional legal representation.
At Groth & Associates, our Toledo, OH family law attorneys understand how important family law matters can be and handle every case with personal attention and commitment. Our legal team represents individuals, parents, and families, across a wide variety of family law cases. If you need family law advice in Northwest Ohio our Southern Michigan, we are here to help. For a completely confidential consultation, please contact our Toledo law office right away.
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The decision to end a marriage is never an easy one. That being said, if you are going through a divorce, you are certainly not alone. According to data published by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), 787,251 American marriages ended in divorce or annulment in the year 2017 alone. Although it is far from rare, unfortunately, divorce can be a complex and lengthy legal matter with many issues that must be settled before it can be finalized.
At Groth & Associates, our Toledo, OH divorce lawyers strive for the best results for you with the least stress and cost possible. We know how to handle issues including property division according to Ohio law, division of debts, child custody, child support, alimony, high-wealth divorces, among any others that may arise in your case. Divorce does not have to be a contentious and expensive process and we have the tools to obtain the most favorable result possible for you. Every divorce should be handled on a case-by-case basis. Our legal team will take the time to understand your circumstances, your family, and what is important to you. We are committed to helping you find an efficient, effective resolution to your divorce.
In Ohio, a married couple may be eligible to ‘dissolve’ their marriage instead of getting a traditional divorce. A marital dissolution is essentially Ohio’s version of a no-fault divorce. When a married couple has reached agreement on all relevant issues — from dividing their property to handling issues related child visitation and child custody — they can collaboratively to submit a petition for a marital dissolution. If you are considering getting a marital dissolution in Northwest Ohio, our Toledo family law attorneys are standing by, ready to help.
ASSET AND DEBT DIVISION
Finances are a key aspect of many divorce and marital dissolution proceedings. Ohio is an equitable distribution state (Ohio Revised Code § 3105.171). Under state law, a married couple’s assets and liabilities will be divided in an equitable (fair) manner. In some cases, equitable distribution may not mean a precise 50/50 division of the property.
For couples that have complex assets or liabilities — such as real estate, investment accounts, retirement accounts, major assets obtained before the marriage, family heirlooms, inheritance, student debt, or large amounts of credit card debt — conflict may arise over property division. If you are going through a marital separation in Ohio, it is essential that you consult with an experienced Toledo, OH divorce lawyer who will ensure that you receive your full and fair share of the marital property.
ALIMONY (SPOUSAL SUPPORT)
In some divorce cases, one partner may owe alimony (spousal support) to the other partner. Under Ohio law (Ohio Revised Code § 3105.18), courts can consider a number of different factors when deciding whether or not awarding alimony is appropriate in any given case. Among other things, Ohio courts will consider:
- The length of the marriage;
- The income of each spouse;
- The future economic prospects of each party;
- The ages of each partner; and
- The standard of living established during the marriage.
Ultimately, spousal support determinations are always made on a case-by-case basis. The longer the marriage and the bigger the gap in the future earning potential of each spouse, the more likely it is that significant alimony will be awarded. Whether you are seeking alimony or you may owe alimony, our Toledo, OH family lawyers can protect your rights.
OTHER PRACTICE AREA CASES
Any case involving your children can significantly affect your life, your finances, and most importantly, your relationship with your children. Custody cases will determine how often you see your kids and whether you have the authority to make important decisions in their lives.
Under Ohio law (Ohio Revised Code § 3109.04), parental rights are allocated under the best interests of the child standard. In determining what type of custody or visitation arrangement is best for your child, Ohio family law judges will base their decision on what is best for the child’s physical health, emotional well-being, and overall social development.
Notably, public policy in Ohio strongly favors some form of shared parenting. Ohio family courts start from the presumption that some form of joint physical or legal custody will be best for your child. That being said, this is a rebuttable presumption. When appropriate, Ohio courts may award sole custody to one parent.
Child support cases can require that you pay a substantial amount of money to your child’s other parent until the child is 18, or can ensure that you receive payments to help you cover your child’s expenses. The family lawyers at Groth & Associates will work to ensure that you receive a fair determination in your child custody or support case.
Child support cases can be deeply complex. Although the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, has created general child support guidelines, these guidelines are not applicable to every case. Disputes can arise over how much in child support is actually appropriate. If you have any questions or concerns about child support in Northwest Ohio, our Toledo child support lawyers can help.
Words from our clients
Our experience with Attorney Stevin Groth was nothing short of life changing.
When we first contacted Mr. Groth, he gave us his cell phone number and we were able to directly contact him day or night. His knowledge of the Ohio judicial system was astounding. He handled all aspects of our case himself, never once handing off our case to jr. associates. Stevin had positive relationships with all the judges, district attorneys and court personal that we came in contact with. Stevin’s persuasive arguments on our son’s behalf cleared him of all charges. Because of Stevin’s abilities, our son is able to move forward with his life without the stigma of a criminal record. We could not recommend Stevin Groth more highly.
ALFRED & JENNIFER
Dan is an amazing attorney. He had my divorce finalized in a short period of time. A lot quicker than I thought it was going to be and for that I’m thankful! Dan knew exactly what he was talking about. Any questions I had Dan, and his assistant, Michelle was glad to answer. The outcome of my divorce was exactly what I was hoping for.
Allison Lawrence is the best lawyer I have hired.she was attentive when I presented my case to her & knew exactly how to handle it.very professional person when it comes to her job,also a humanitarian.Allison has given me great advice in a free consultation,as well as stood by side in court with chargers pending,of course she got the charges dismissed!!Great attorney,very dependable.in need of a lawyer,I highly recommend Allison Lawrence.
OTHER FAMILY LAW SERVICES WE OFFER IN LUCAS COUNTY, OH
In addition to divorce and child-related cases, the highly experienced attorneys at Groth & Associates have the ability to assist you with many other family law services. The following are some examples of the family cases we can handle:
- Adoption: We represent prospective parents in the full range of adoption cases. Whether you are seeking to adopt a step-child or a relative, or to privately adopt an infant, our Toledo, OH adoption lawyers will protect your rights. Adoption is complicated — you need professional support.
- Name changes: For a number of different reasons, you may be considering getting a name change in Ohio. We handle all types of name change matters, including complex name change disputes involving minor children.
- Prenuptial agreements: If you are getting married and considering presenting a prenuptial agreement to your partner or if a prenuptial agreement has been presented to you, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced family law attorney. There are very strict rules governing prenuptial agreements in Ohio. We will make sure that a prenuptial agreement is legally valid and that it protects your interests.
- Domestic violence and protective orders. Our Ohio family attorneys handle domestic violence and protective order issues. If you are seeking a Civil Protection Order in Lucas County, Ohio or if such an order has been entered against you, our law firm can help protect your rights.
No matter the specific nature of your case, we are ready to help. Our law firm is dedicated to offering family law clients fully personalized legal representation. We handle each and every case with skill, attention, and sensitivity. We know that there are no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solutions for Ohio families. Protect the best interests of you and your family by calling one of our skilled and dedicated family law attorneys.
CONTACT A TOLEDO FAMILY LAWYER FOR HELP TODAY
At Groth & Associates, our family law attorneys are compassionate and effective advocates for our clients. If you have a family-related legal problem, you need high-quality representation. We have the resources needed to successfully resolve your family law case in Toledo. You can trust us to guide you through every step of your process.
To set up a fully confidential review of your family law case, please do not hesitate to call us today at (419) 386-0159. With an office location in Toledo, we serve communities throughout Lucas County, including Maumee, Sylvania, Oregon, Holland, Waterville, Whitehouse, Ottawa Hills, and Harbor View.