Family law is an area of the law that deals with family-related issues and domestic relations including, but not limited to, the nature of marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships.
Issues arising during marriage may include spousal abuse, legitimacy, adoption, surrogacy, child abuse, and child abduction.
The termination of the relationship may include matters of divorce, annulment, property settlements, spousal support, child support, child visitation and parental responsibility orders.
This list is by no means an all-inclusive list of the potential issues that come through the family court system. In many jurisdictions in Ohio, the family courts see the most crowded dockets.
Family law litigation is difficult for all parties involved. Litigants of all social and economic classes are parties within the system. At Raslan Pla & Company, LLC, our attorneys are dedicated to minimizing the emotional and financial costs of family conflicts.
If you are facing a family conflict, consult with an informed, knowledgeable, and experienced family law attorney. Contact Raslan Pla & Company, LLC to schedule a consultation with one of our family law attorneys. Our attorneys are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide you with the legal representation you need.
Divorce is a means of legally separating from your spouse. Divorce proceedings begin with the filing of a complaint and papers being served on the other party. Discovery will be conducted and a divorce case is tried before a judge or a magistrate. Divorce is usually more expensive than getting a dissolution.
Dissolution is another alternative to getting a divorce. A dissolution petition is not filed with the court until the parties have reached an agreement, called a Separation Agreement. Once the agreement is filed there will be a hearing with the court and the court must approve the agreement. This is usually much less costly than filing a divorce.
Legal Separation exists where the two spouses will live separately but the marriage will stay intact. The issues addressed by the court will be the same as in a divorce or dissolution but the marriage will not be ended. There will be an agreement that both parties will be bound to just as in a divorce or dissolution.
Domestic Violence is violence or threatened violence against a family member. The crime can be either a felony or misdemeanor. Additionally, the harm can be knowingly or recklessly caused.
Child support is calculated based on a formula and spousal support also known as alimony is decided on a case-by-case basis. If a court has ordered your spouse pay child support or spousal support and they are not paying it, it is possible to go back to court to enforce your rights.