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Top 5 Misconceptions About Family Law In Ohio

  • Published: March 15, 2021

Co- Authored by Grace Edwards

  1. Ohio attorneys can only practice in the county they are located in:
    This statement is false. Any licensed Ohio attorney at law can practice anywhere within the state of Ohio. Our offices represent clients not only from Portage County, Geauga County, Summit County, and Trumbull County, Ohio but throughout the State of Ohio.
  2. In a custody case, children have the right to pick which parent they will live with once they turn a specific age:
    There is no law in Ohio that states this. Ohio courts may listen to a “mature” child who expresses their wish about who they would like to live with, but there is no obligation for the courts to fulfill the child’s wishes. The court would conduct an informal interview to learn this information. At the end of it, the court’s job is to make a decision in the best interests of the child when the parties cannot agree. Family Law cases are very complex and each families wants are needs are very different. It’s important to consult our office and provide all the details of your case so we can further assist you.
  3. Divorce cases are always sent to trial:
    This statement is not true. If a divorce is uncontested or a resolution can be made through mediation or negotiations through their lawyers, a divorce can occur without being sent to trial. At our Law Offices, we can help you figure out which steps are the best to take in your divorce case. The each County Court has different local rules on how they set their case docket. Our office will familiarize you with your courts local rules.
  4. Courts give preference to women when determining custody agreements:
    This statement is false. A court is required to look at many different aspects of both party’s living situations, such as their age, health, income, and financial status. The final decision is not made on gender alone. In the State of Ohio custody determinations are also based off of if the parents are married or not. There are different laws that apply to unmarried parents so it very important to provide this information to our office so we can assist you.
  5. Shared parenting is the same as equal parenting time:
    This statement is not true. Not all courts will approve a Week On/Week Off schedule for parenting. If the parents cannot work out a shared parenting plan, the Court will look into the best interest factors. The court will take into consideration the parents work schedules and school schedules often become influential in figuring out a schedule in the best interest of the child. Each County Court has their standard order for visitation. This means that each Court has guidelines for a parent who is court ordered visitation. Once again, family law is a complex matter and every children’s wishes and needs are different. It is best to consult our office to discuss your case so we can work on the best strategies for you.

A consultation at our offices will help get you on the right path regarding any issues you might have. One of our strengths are family law cases, and we will do everything it takes to help get you on that right path, whether that is the divorce process, child custody process, or something else. We value client relationships, and we will be there to give you legal advice the whole way.

Amy Turos, Esq.

Attorney Amy Turos represents clients in Ohio family law,
estate planning, and motor vehicle accidents throughout Portage County,
Trumbull County, Geauga County, and Summit County Ohio.