Divorce and Dissolution:
When one or both spouses file for divorce, the case is intended to bring about an even division of property between the parties. For families with a minor child or children, the case also involves determining parenting time in such a way that serves the best interests of the minor child(ren). It’s very important to have and attorney on your side who knows your parental and property rights.
Dissolution cases are usually ones where the spouses are already in agreement on every potential source of controversy when a marriage ends. Even in rare cases like this, it is a good idea to have a lawyer to guide the couple through all the possible pitfalls. A successful dissolution case is more than simply filling out paperwork.
Private Custody Actions:
As a so-called “mother state,” fathers have no parental rights to their children born outside of wedlock unless and until they establish those rights in court. This type of legal suit allows fathers to establish parental rights and for either parent to get more time with their minor children. Having a knowledgeable and experienced counsel is just as vital in this type of case as it is in a divorce.
Guardian Ad Litem Services:
A Guardian Ad Litem (“GAL”) is appointed by the court in each of the types of cases above. GALs are special investigators trained to recognize signs of abuse, neglect, and dependency. They also make a recommendation to the court of what the GAL believes is in the best interests of the minor child(ren). We provide these services, and we are experienced in dealing with other lawyers in Stark, Wayne, and Tuscarawas counties who do this same type of work.
Child Protective Services Cases:
As a division of the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, Child Protective Services investigates cases of suspected child abuse, neglect, and dependency. This powerful state agency has the potential to be very disruptive to families in addition to keeping kids safe.