Smith & Miller, Attorneys at Law

Helping Our Clients Navigate Life’s Legal Storms

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Lake County Ohio Family Law Attorneys

Painesville Divorce Lawyer

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The termination of a marriage is a serious matter, and not something where one size or strategy fits all. Every divorce or dissolution is unique, and cannot be shoe-horned into one package. Beware of drugstore or internet forms- the issues involved in divorces are often incredibly complex and require consultation with a qualified attorney. We have included topics for which you should be aware, but do not take any of this as legal advice as these issues must be handled personally.

Children in the Divorce Process

Children are often the most critical issues in a divorce, and too often the most abused. For this reason, Ashtabula County Courts require parents to attend a parenting class and mediation before the Court will terminate the marriage. Mediation is a meeting between the parents and a trained court mediator to attempt to reach an agreement on custody issues and property issues. The Court also encourages parents to reach their own shared parenting plan and provides a minimum Ashtabula County Standard Companionship Order. You can find a copy of the document here.

Of course property issues are also important, including pension and retirement plans, real estate, personal property and debts. A wife can usually be restored to her former name, if desired. There are several means of dissolving a marriage, including annulment, dissolution and divorce.

For your Family Law consultation, you should bring the following:

  • Three years of federal income tax returns.
  • Paystubs showing gross income and all deductions.
  • Copies of car titles and real estate deeds.
  • A list of all creditors with current balances.
  • A statement of monthly expenses.

Working Toward the Best Solution

We are experienced to handle the broad spectrum of family law issues such as:

  • Annulment
  • Dissolution
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Alimony or Spousal Support
  • Property Division
  • Adoption

Contact Our Office

To schedule a consultation with our attorneys, Ashtabula County residents please call 440-576-9155, residents outside of Ashtabula County please call 866-373-0497 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. Our Jefferson office is conveniently located right across the street from the Ashtabula County Courthouse.