Columbus Divorce Attorney

The Legal Support You Need During this Difficult Time

Making the decision to end your marriage is one of, if not the most difficult choices you will ever make in your life. Decisions made during the divorce process not only redefine familial relationships, but they also affect a parent's current and future financial obligations. At Andrew Russ Law, LLC, I work to get my clients fair settlements for child custody, visitation, property division, and spousal support.

My law firm has been practicing divorce & family law since 2002, I have the experience you need to protect your interests.

Experience counts: You need a lawyer who knows the law and understands the nuances of family court to help parents to successfully navigate the legal process ahead. In custody, property division, alimony, I can recognize which situations call for an aggressive approach, and those which require finesse. Whether you are in the middle of a heated, high-asset divorce, are looking to calmly dissolve your marriage, or need to navigate a military divorce, I will work hard to get you the best outcome possible.

Can I Get Divorced for Any Reason?

The state of Ohio requires anyone pursuing a divorce to provide "fault grounds". These are legally acceptable reasons for a spouse to end their marriage. Ohio's fault grounds include:

  • Adultery
  • Extreme cruelty
  • Gross neglect of duty
  • Imprisonment
  • Habitual drunkenness, and others

However, it isn't just enough for the spouse to come forward and state that one of these fault grounds occurred. The Ohio courts demand that any testimony from the spouse be corroborated by a witness. Thankfully, my law firm has the experience you need to put together a solid divorce case that can prove fault grounds and help you receive a fresh start. If you have questions about the divorce process in Ohio, feel free to call my office to schedule a free consultation!

What is a Dissolution of Marriage?

Since many couples today wish to pursue a divorce that doesn't involve any of the legal fault grounds, there is another option that can be considered; Ohio law refers to this option as Dissolution of Marriage. Grounds for dissolution of marriage are simple: both spouses must be "living separate and apart for one year without interruption and without cohabitation." Unlike a divorce, the petition for dissolution of marriage is not filed until both parties agree on the terms of the dissolution, including child support/custody, visitation rights, division of property, etc. This can result in a much less costly and time consuming version of marriage termination, since there is no court involvement until the final agreement is reached.

If you and your spouse wish to end your marriage with a dissolution instead of a divorce, I encourage you to contact my office today to start the process in a free consultation.

For a divorce lawyer with the experience and dedication you need, contact me at (614) 389-9299 today.