Divorce Attorney in Lancaster, Ohio
Filing for Divorce in Lancaster Ohio?
Call the Law Offices of Gary Gottfried today and consult with a divorce attorney first: 614-297-1211
Looking For a Divorce Attorney in Lancaster OH?
With over 30 years of courtroom experience as a divorce attorney, our law firm takes a creative approach to complex family law issues in Lancaster Ohio. Our law firm proudly Serves central Ohio. The law office of Gary J. Gottfried is located in Westerville OH, but our divorce attorneys provide expert and compassionate legal service nationally, internationally and within Central Ohio. If you are looking for a divorce attorney, then you have chosen the best! Gary J. Gottfried and his team of Family Law practitioners provide award-winning legal service both locally in Lancaster OH and internationally within the realm of The Hague Convention. When you choose Gottfried Law to represent you as your divorce attorney, then you have chosen to be a part of a winning team!
Family Law and Divorce Attorney serving Lancaster OH
Gary J. Gottfried, an OSBA Certified Family Law Specialist, has more than 30 years of experience serving Central Ohio and around the world (Hague Convention) in divorce and related family law matters. If you are in need to a divorce attorney in Lancaster Ohio that will guide you through the process, then contact Gottfried Family Law offices now.
The Decision of Hiring a Divorce Attorney in Lancaster OH
The decision to seek a divorce is one of the most emotional and challenging choices you will ever make, especially if you have children. Divorce also involves retirement, business and other legal questions that must be resolved. It can be a stressful and emotional process. It is a rare occurrence in any one person's life, but we have been here before. We can help you understand the basic issues of family law, and give you straight answers to your questions. Call us today make an appointment with a divorce attorney who serves Lancaster OH.
Our Divorce Attorneys Handle Complex Legal Issues
Divorces involving significant assets and high-profile individuals involve a number of issues that are not common to other divorces. At Gary J. Gottfried Co., LPA serving Lancaster Ohio, we have significant experience handling substantial asset cases. Our attorneys regularly represent both men and women dealing with the personal, business, and financial issues associated the dissolution of a marriage.
Experienced Divorce Lawyers serving Lancaster Ohio
Many substantial asset divorce cases involve an intricate combination of joint property and separate property. We will employ accountants, forensic accountants, business valuation experts, and real estate experts to help us determine the value of assets when they were acquired, and whether they are part of the marital estate. Our divorce attorneys routinely deal with a host of asset allocation issues associated with high-asset disputes:
Your Divorce Attorney will Help You with Legal Disputes in Lancaster OH
- Business valuations
- Divorce tax planning
- Professional practice valuations
- 401K, pensions, and other retirement accounts
- Investment accounts and investment portfolios
- Commingled assets
- Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO)
- Film, book and music royalties
- Stocks and bonds
- Debt allocation
- Real property
- Division of Personal Property (including the allocation of vehicles and water craft)
A Divorce Lawyer Serving Lancaster Ohio
Since a majority of the Ohio divorce statutes target middle-income divorce matters, child support, custody and visitation disputes are often intensified in high-end and high profile divorces. We understand that regardless of the financial situation of the people involved, divorce is always difficult and our attorneys work closely with our clients to guide them through the process. We work with you to understand the totality of your situation and help get a marital dissolution agreement that protects your long and short-term interests.
Legal Terminology: Divorce or Dissolution?
Often, people are confused about the difference between a divorce, dissolution of a marriage and a separation. Basically, a divorce is the termination of a person’s marriage. Marriage dissolution is the termination of a marriage by agreement, so essentially they are the same thing. The spouses separate and a court rules on the division of property, alimony (spousal support), child support, custody, and visitation.
There are other arrangements or types of separation that exist and fall short of an actual divorce in Lancaster OH:
Trial separation, Lancaster OH
When a couple lives apart for a test period, to decide whether or not to separate permanently, it's called a trial separation. Even if they don't get back together, the assets they accumulate and debts they incur during the trial period are usually considered jointly owned.
Living apart, Lancaster OH
Spouses who no longer reside in the same dwelling are said to be living apart. In some states, living apart without intending to reunite changes the spouses' property rights. For example, some states consider property accumulated and debts incurred between living apart and divorce to be the separate property or debt of the person who accumulated or incurred it.
Permanent separation, Lancaster OH
When a couple decides to split up, it's often called a permanent separation. It may follow a trial separation or may begin immediately when the couple starts living apart. In most states, all assets received and most debts incurred after permanent separation are the separate property or responsibility of the spouse incurring them.
Legal separation, Lancaster OH
A legal separation results when the parties separate and a court rules on the division of property, alimony, child support, custody, and visitation -- but does not grant a divorce. The money awarded for support of the spouse and children under these circumstances is often called separate maintenance (as opposed to alimony and child support).
Division of Assets, Lancaster OH
Should two parties decide to divorce, a full and accurate determination of their assets must be made. Once the assets are determined, then those assets are divided. This division is not always a 50/50 split due to each spouse’s income history, pre-marital assets and other factors related to the care of any children. There is no standard to the division of property because it is whatever the parties determine. For example, consideration must be given to 401k plans, which are in the name of one spouse, but was accumulated during the course of the marriage. When the divorce is finalized, a QDRO would be issued to transfer qualified retirement plans on a tax-free basis. Spousal support should be gender neutral as well as appropriate and reasonable. The allocation of child support, however, is based on a state formula. Our divorce attorneys would assist you in determining who pays what, to whom. Contact us for legal advice in Lancaster Ohio.
Do You Have Additional Legal Questions For a Divorce Lawyer?
An experienced divorce attorney can offer you legal advice for your situation. Our law firm is always at your service and proudly serves the city of Lancaster ! Our 24-hour voice mail service (614-297-1211) and fax service (614-297-6387) will receive your call or fax at any time or you may contact us by email or just fill out the contact form. Gary J. Gottfried Co. and our team of divorce attorneys proudly serve the city of Lancaster Ohio!
Our divorce attorneys are always available to respond to your legal needs in Lancaster Ohio. You can rely on our experienced divorce attorneys for expert legal advice. When you contact us, you will find that our legal team always welcomes the opportunity to assist you.
Westerville Family Law Office Serving Lancaster Ohio
Our Family Law offices are in Westerville, but our highly rated divorce attorneys, provide legal service nationally, internationally and within the city of Lancaster, OH. Gottfried Law is is a highly rated divorce attorney with over 30 years of courtroom expertise. We are a Top 50 Family Family Law firm representing Lancaster Ohio. If you need legal advice within the realms of family law, then be assured that our specialized divorce attorneys are here to help!
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GARY J. GOTTFRIED CO. LPA
Family Law Attorneys
608 Office Parkway, Suite B
Westerville, OH 43082
Telephone (614) 297-1211
Fax (614) 297-6387
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