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Caring, Compassionate Columbus Divorce Attorney

You want a lawyer who will take the time to get to know you, not one who takes time selling you on legal services. With our Columbus divorce firm, you hire lawyers who start by listening.

At Amy M. Levine & Associates, Attorneys At Law, LLC, we will learn what you hope to accomplish, and we will tailor our representation to help meet your goals.

Helping People in Columbus From All Walks of Life

You may need a divorce attorney who will fight tooth and nail. Or you may need one who will find a way to get what you need without the time and expense of divorce litigation. Either way, our job is to put what keeps you up at night behind you, using our resources, skill, and knowledge to get results.

To those who have multimillion-dollar estates, we represent people in Ohio from all backgrounds and income levels. Divorce and related family law matters can happen to men and women across the board – these legal problems do not discriminate.

Every new client receives a free consultation.  We also offer payment plans for those who need them. .We are proud to help those who need to put these issues behind them.

Ready to talk? Call us at 614-721-7726 in Columbus for a free consultation.

We Handle Every Aspect of Your Divorce

Our skilled Columbus attorneys work with men and women at all stages of contested and uncontested divorce, whether you are just preparing to file or you need assistance with modification or enforcement of a final divorce decree. We handle all family law matters related to a contested or uncontested divorce, including:

Answering Common Questions About Divorce In Ohio

If you have been served with divorce documents or are contemplating getting a divorce, you likely have many questions. At the Columbus law firm of Amy M. Levine & Associates, Attorneys At Law, LLC, we commonly hear the following questions. Review our answers and contact our firm for more information. Every divorce is different. You will receive advice based on your unique situation.

What are the grounds for divorce in Ohio?

In Ohio, you can file for divorce based on fault or no-fault grounds. No-fault grounds include:

  • Incompatibility, unless denied by either party
  • Living separate and apart without cohabitation for one year

Fault-based grounds include:

  • Adultery
  • Extreme cruelty
  • Fraudulent contract
  • Gross neglect of duty
  • Habitual drunkenness
  • Imprisonment
  • Obtaining a divorce outside of Ohio that does not release the other party

However, pursuing a divorce on grounds of fault often takes more time and money.

How long does it take to get a divorce in Ohio?

There are many factors that contribute to the duration of divorce proceedings. While a couple with basic assets and no children may be able to finalize a divorce within a few months, more complex proceedings can last for years. Mediating certain issues can also help reach a resolution more quickly.

How much does a divorce cost?

The overall cost of a divorce varies widely, depending on how contentious and complex the issues between the soon-to-be ex-spouses are. You will receive counsel about the financial impact of your decisions to help you make choices that are practical and reasonable.

What is the difference between divorce and dissolution?

While both dissolution and divorce result in the termination of a marriage, they have many differences. Dissolution of marriage does not require grounds or fault to end the marriage, but does require that the parties agree to all terms. A divorce is a lawsuit in which one party asks the court to end the marriage and make decisions about child custody, property division and other issues.

My spouse has handled most of our finances during our marriage. How can I be sure I get a fair share of our assets?

During the discovery process, your divorce attorney will make requests for financial information from your spouse and his or her counsel. Your lawyer can then help you understand the overall financial situation and begin pursuing an appropriate division of property.

What is considered marital property versus separate property?

Marital property includes any assets and debts accumulated during the marriage. The exceptions include inheritances or gifts given to one spouse. Separate property includes:

  • Assets owned before marriage
  • Personal inheritances
  • Gifts
  • Property classified as separate in a legal agreement

We help clients distinguish between these to ensure a fair division.

Is spousal support mandatory in an Ohio divorce?

Spousal support is not mandatory in Ohio. The court awards it on a case-by-case basis. The decision to award spousal support depends on factors such as:

  • Each individual’s earning potential
  • The duration of the marriage
  • The standard of living during the marriage
  • Tax concerns
  • Health care needs

Our divorce lawyers advocate for our clients during spousal support negotiations to protect their rights and needs.

How is property divided during a divorce?

In Ohio, most property acquired during a marriage is subject to equitable division by the court. However, there are several exceptions, and judges have discretion when it comes to the actual division. Learn more about dividing assets and debts in divorce.

What should I do to prepare for a divorce?

To prepare for a divorce, start by gathering financial documents. Create a detailed inventory of your assets and liabilities and organize your monthly expenses. You should also start thinking about your future living arrangements and expenses. Reach out for support from friends, family or professionals. Preparing thoroughly can help protect your interests and make the process smoother.

How can a lawyer help with the divorce process?

An Ohio divorce attorney can provide crucial guidance through the divorce process.  They handle legal filings, offer advice on division of assets, negotiate terms of spousal support, and represent you in court if necessary. Our team’s goal is to manage the legal details while you focus on moving forward with your life. We strive to make the process as straightforward and stress-free as possible.

Contact An Experienced Columbus Divorce Lawyer

One of our knowledgeable Columbus divorce attorneys can give you more specific information about what to expect during your divorce based on your particular circumstances. To get answers to your questions and arrange a free initial consultation, please contact Amy M. Levine & Associates at 614-721-7726 or toll-free at 888-641-0805. We also have an online contact form.