An important and significant part of the practice at Steuer, Escovar & Coleman Co. LPA is devoted to family law issues such as:
- Collaborative divorce
- Division of property
- Child custody
- Child support
- Parental visitation
We take a supportive, yet professional and practical approach to handling these highly-emotional issues. We listen attentively and take the time to explain the legal process and options available to each client. With the goal of lessening the cost and stress of divorce, we often advise clients to participate in mediation or collaborative divorce. Mediation is a structured process in which a neutral third party, often a lawyer or psychologist, helps the parties reach an agreement on parenting responsibilities, child support, spousal support, property division and other issues. Similarly, the parties seeking a collaborative divorce commit to reaching an agreement without going to court. However, we have the knowledge and experience to handle the toughest marital issues in the courtroom. We work hard for our clients, with a dedicated focus on their best interests.
We Protect Your Property Rights
Often the most complicated issues in a divorce concern the division of the couple’s debts and assets. Ohio law distinguishes between marital and separate property. Marital property is the property acquired during the marriage. Separate property is the property owned by a spouse before marriage; inheritance, gifts, and personal injury awards made only to one spouse, and income or appreciation derived from separate property that does not involve substantial labor or effort by either party during the marriage. Marital property is to be equitably divided between the spouses to the divorce. That generally means that the marital property is equally divided, unless the court finds that an equal division would not be fair. The court may make a distributive award from a spouse’s separate property in order achieve equity, and one spouse may be ordered to pay spousal support to the other.
Working with real estate, financial, and other experts, our divorce attorneys help assess the value of marital property, which may include a business, retirement benefits, and other significant assets. Advocating for your best interests, we work to make sure that you walk away with your fair share.
Our Family Lawyers Help Resolve Parenting Issues
The most important divorce issues revolve around the best interests of the divorcing couple’s children. Couples often prefer to work out their own plan for shared parenting, which is then adopted by the court. Child support is calculated according to guidelines established by Ohio law. However, the court may deviate from the guideline calculation if the result is unfair or fails to meet the child’s needs. Careful attention to these issues will prevent a lot of heartache in the future. Let our family law attorneys put our experience to work for you. We will do our best to achieve a satisfying resolution of your marital law issues.