Divorce Attorney in Westerville Ohio
Filing for Divorce in Westerville Ohio?
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Looking For a Divorce Attorney in Westerville 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 Westerville Ohio. Our law firm proudly serves the City of Westerville and beyond. 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 Westerville 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 Westerville OH
Gary J. Gottfried, an OSBA Certified Family Law Specialist, has more than 30 years of experience serving the people of Westerville Ohio and around the world (Hague Convention) in divorce and related family law matters. If you are in need to a divorce attorney in Westerville Ohio that will guide you through the process, then contact Gottfried Family Law offices now.
The Decision of Hiring a Divorce Attorney
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.
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 Westerville Ohio, we have significant experience handling substantial asset divorce cases. Our attorneys regularly represent both men and women dealing with the personal, business, and financial issues associated with the dissolution of a marriage.
Experienced Divorce Lawyers serving Westerville 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 divorce disputes:
Your Divorce Attorney will Help You with Disputes
- 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 that Works with You
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. 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:
Trial separation - Westerville 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Do You Have Additional Legal Questions For a Divorce Attorney?
An experienced divorce attorney can offer you legal advice for your situation. 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.
Our divorce attorneys are always available to respond to your legal needs in Westerville Ohio. You can rely on us for expert legal advice. When you contact us, you will find that our legal team always welcomes the opportunity to assist you.
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Westerville Family Law Office Serving Westerville Ohio
Our Family Law offices are in Westerville, but our highly rated divorce attorneys, provide legal service nationally, internationally and within the city of Westerville 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 Westerville Ohio. If you need legal advice within the realms of divorce law, child custody, child support or 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
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Westerville, OH 43082
Telephone (614) 297-1211
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Gary Gottfried handled my divorce. His knowledge and experience was evident from our first meeting on.
I had real peace of mind regarding my case because he was my attorney.
I would hire Gary J. Gottfried in any other future issues I may have. I would recommend him to any and everyone.
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My divorce and ensuing custody battle was one of the most painful and emotionally draining experiences I have ever faced. From the beginning, Gary instilled a feeling of confidence in me and was there for me every step of the way. Gary and his staff were always available for questions and guidance. Gary is not only an outstanding, experienced attorney but one that I was able to forge a trusted relationship with. If you are looking for an accomplished, personable, trustworthy attorney to represent and guide you through a very difficult process Gary is absolutely the right attorney for you! I am happy to state my case ended up working out with the best results possible. I am very satisfied with the service I received as well as the final results!
Gary is a very smart and dedicated lawyer. He keeps reasonable business hours and is very prompt to respond to communication. He knows so much about law that it's constantly educational to be in his presence. He has a good sense of humor but doesn't beat around the subject. He has a straightforward manner that is important and he follows the legal process exactly. He is patient and able to read people well. He is expensive, but worth it. His entire firm is wonderful.
Gary was cool calm and collected. When we went to court and I was worried he had everything figured out.
The end result of my divorce was better than expected ... the process was at times frustrating due to unclear communications and delays by the Court, the parties involved, and scheduling. Gary was knowledgeable, professional and responsive. His staff also provided on-going assistance and continuity when Gary was unavailable. There were some errors not corrected in court documents so I would encourage careful examination of drafts but that responsibility goes two ways. Financial terms were fair and flexible as the case neared its conclusion. I would recommend others to consult with Gary and utilize his services for divorce proceedings. While he may project a timeline for your case, circumstances will undoubtedly affect the real time frame... in a stressful scenario such as divorce, understanding what your counsel can and cannot control is critical to your sanity and well-being. Ask your attorney lots of questions regarding possible roadblocks and problems that can occur during the process. Gary has great experience but as an expert needs to interpret the law and possible results in some simpler and understandable terms for the novice of a divorce proceeding.
Throughout a very long and arduous divorce, Mr. Gottfried guided my case through a successful negotiation and settlement. I would highly recommend his talent, skills and knowledge.
Gary was very competent and effective in representing me. At all times I really believed that he was serving my interest in my case to the best of his ability. He was extremely professional and exhibited excellent follow through with all of his work. I had real peace of mind regarding my case because he was my attorney.
During course my divorce proceeding and subsequent spousal support hearings, I have engage 4 different attorneys over two decades. The last attorney was Gary Gottfried and he was my was by far and away the best. He provided excellent legal advise during trial preparation and was very effective in the court room. He was able to quickly grasp some complex financial issues and was open to client input. However even more important than his legal advice, he provided me with provided me with excellent emotional support and council when needed.
I hired Gary Gottfried to help with a custody issue. Mr. Gottfried was extremely helpful, knowledgeable and I received exactly what was needed in the situation. He is an amazing communicator, always kept me up to date on every detail and made me feel at ease in a very uneasy situation. Mr. Gottfried always made sure my child's best interest was first and foremost. I would hire him in any other future issues I may have. I would recommend him to any and everyone.
I retained Mr. Gottfried after my dissolution turned nasty, from a suggestion from a friend. It didn't take very long to figure out my money was well spent. I would definitely recommend him and his team to anyone!
Gary knows divorce law better than any other attorney that I do business with I highly recommend Gary.