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Ohio Divorces and Dissolutions

If you are considering filing for divorce in the Akron area, or your spouse has filed a complaint for divorce against you, we encourage you to talk to the experienced Akron, Ohio, divorce lawyers at Randal A. Lowry & Associates today. With almost 40 years of experience, we can advise you on what to expect from the Ohio divorce process and how best to proceed.

Ohio Divorce Timelines and Initial Considerations

If your spouse has filed a complaint for divorce against you, your tendency might be to put off making major decisions. However, keep in mind that deadlines are involved and taking the first, critical planning steps now can prevent serious regrets later.

Divorce timelines and initial considerations include:

  • Response. In Ohio, the party served with a complaint has only 28 days to respond with an answer and/or counterclaim.
  • Temporary orders. At a hearing scheduled soon after the answer/counterclaim, the court will issue temporary orders on issues such as whether one spouse must vacate the marital residence, child custody and visitation, child supportspousal support (sometimes called alimony) and the handling of ongoing financial matters. Keep in mind that temporary orders will be in place for the entire time it takes to finalize a divorce settlement or complete a trial – up to a year or more in some contested cases.
  • Property and contested issues. If you have substantial property to divide or believe major issues may be contested in a complex divorce, it is critical to start working with a qualified attorney very early in this process.

Even if you are able to resolve all issues amicably and file for dissolution of marriage (similar to an uncontested divorce), we believe that retaining experienced counsel is important so that you achieve the best possible outcome.

Hiring an Ohio Divorce Lawyer

Hiring a lawyer does not mean your case must go all the way to trial or that it must be handled as a bitter dispute. It simply positions you to protect your interests and exercise some control over what will happen. For most people we serve, our primary goal is to settle any disagreements and avoid trial. We can also discuss the possibility of resolving your case through mediation, arbitration or collaborative law.

If negotiation does not achieve favorable results, as when a divorcing spouse persists in making unreasonable demands, we will pull out all the stops fighting for you. With a proven litigator on your side, a trial can be turned into an opportunity to achieve a better outcome than we initially targeted.

Contact Our Akron Divorce Attorneys

We welcome you to call Randal A. Lowry & Associates at (330) 576-3363 to consult with us regarding your Ohio divorce. Our Akron-area divorce attorneys serve clients throughout Summit, Medina, Portage, Stark and Cuyahoga counties.

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