Ohio and Kentucky Family Law Attorneys
We look forward to assisting you with family law issues that may arise in Ohio and Kentucky. Our offices are conveniently located in downtown Cincinnati and Lexington, Kentucky. We have trained mediators and experienced litigators to assist you with all aspects of your family law case.
As in most civil cases, there are six stages within any family law matter that our clients can expect to encounter. They are: Consultation; Investigation; Negotiation; Mediation; Litigation and Resolution. We believe it is extremely important to keep a client informed and prepared for every stage of their case. Knowledge of the process removes a significant amount of anxiety from an already emotionally charged event.
For some, the decision to hire a family law attorney is their first experience with the law or speaking with an attorney. If you have not been referred to us by a prior client, please take the time to read the reviews of some of our former clients before meeting with us. At the initial consultation, we recommend you bring a list of questions to make sure we cover all of your questions. During your initial meeting it is our goal to listen to your concerns, determine if we are able to assist you and then provide you with a roadmap to success as you define it.
The first stage with any case is the gathering of facts and evidence. The securing of admissible evidence early in the case is essential to successful negotiation and later, potential litigation. If you are contemplating a divorce, most of the evidence should be obtained before you ever file the complaint. If you and your spouse are discussing a dissolution, there is an expectation that each party will have equal unfettered access to all of the evidence (financial records, etc.).
Negotiation is the most efficient way to resolve any dispute. The process of negotiation requires that both parties comprehend the benefit of efficiently resolving the matter without the unnecessary time and expense of litigation. We cannot over emphasis the importance of coming to the negotiation table in position strength. You improve your status at the negotiation table through preparation , goal setting, (including pre-determined acceptable alternative goals) and finally, listing more than talking during session.
When parties are unable to resolve their differences through negotiation, in some circumstances, a third party mediator may be able to find a middle ground. Mediation may take place with or without counsel, however any resolution is non-binding until it is reduced to a written agreement and filed with the Court.
We prepare for every case with the expectation that the matter will proceed to trial and be decided by the judge. There are certain circumstances when it is not in the best interest of a client to proceed to trial, however the process of preparing for trial often lends itself to a stronger position during the first stages in the case. Litigation involves the disclosure of lay and expert witnesses, depositions, exchange of exhibits and finally a trial before the court. Often the outcome of a family law case turns on the testimony of each party and their perceived credibility based upon their direct testimony and how they withstand cross-examination. Once again, preparation and experience is the key to success at this stage.
After your written agreement is put into the record or your case is decided by the court, the work is not necessarily complete. We will also advise you and prepare the necessary Qualified Domestic Relation Orders (QDRO’s) required to divide retirement accounts without tax consequences. You may also need a Quit Claim Deed prepared to extinguish your ex-spouses’ ownership interest in your real estate. Finally, we will be able to assist you with the revision of your will or trust.
If you should need help with any Family Law Issue or Divorce in Ohio or Kentucky, or you have friends or family that need assistance, please call us at 513-333-0014 for a free phone consultation.