What is the difference between domestic relations & family law?

Domestic relations and family law are simply two phrases for the same area of law. They may be used interchangeably. It is our intention to use the language of our clients, which is why we have incorporated both phrases in our website copy.

Can two divorcing spouses share the same attorney?

No. Because it is considered unethical for the same attorney to represent both spouses in a divorce and accept fees on both sides of the case, state and federal bar associations prohibit this practice.

Must my spouse & I legally separate prior to divorcing?

A spouse in Ohio are not required to legally separate before filing for divorce since our state does not permit “no-fault” divorces.

 

However, if you and your spouse are mutually seeking to end your marriage, you may choose to pursue a marriage dissolution as opposed to a divorce. Couples who are dissolving their marriages must legally separate as a term of dissolution and live apart for a year before it can be granted.

How do I know whether or not I should file for full custody of my children during my divorce?

The answer to this question depends entirely on you and your unique circumstances. The courts will attempt to grant shared custody, as it is generally thought to be beneficial for both parents to be present in the lives of their children.

 

Unless there are extenuating circumstances that bar one parent from providing adequate childcare, the divorce and custody process will most certainly be more timely and easier if you and your spouse can decide on a shared custody plan together as opposed to battling it out in court for sole custody.

When do you recommend people begin planning their estates?

Today! Many people believe that they need to amass a certain amount of wealth or assets to justify estate planning. This is not true; adults of all ages and income levels benefit from planning for the future.

Another driver caused a serious accident that resulted in my being injured. Can I sue them for any damages?

Yes. Because Ohio is an at-fault insurance state, parties who cause accidents are liable for the physical and emotional damage they cause. We can help you determine if your best course of action is to file a personal injury claim with your own insurance, sue the responsible driver, or file claim with their insurance provider.

 

What hours is Garretson & Holcomb, LLC open for client consultations and meetings?

Our office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept payment via cash, check, or credit card (via PayPal).

Garretson & Holcomb, LLC represents Ohio clients with legal matters pertaining to family law, estate planning, and personal injury. If you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys, please contact our West Chester office today at (513) 863-6600.