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Ohio Family Law Attorneys Who Bring A Civil Approach To Every Case

Ending a marriage or relationship is no fun. One of the best things you can do during this dark hour is work with family lawyers who understand what you’re going through and have the legal and people skills to guide you on the path to a fresh start in life.

At Sowald Sowald Anderson Hawley & Johnson in Columbus, that is what we are all about. Our divorce and family law clients come to us scared about what will happen to them and their children. Our breadth of knowledge and experience is the result of over 200 years of combined legal work. You can turn to us for a range of family law issues, including:

  • Separation and divorce: This includes ending a marriage or trying out a separation period.
  • Child support: Making sure your child has the financial support they need and deserve
  • Child custody: Protecting your right to parent your child and spend time with them on ordinary days and special occasions
  • Spousal support/alimony: Helping dependent and supporting spouses determine fair support
  • Post-decree modifications: When you need to update a court order, we can help you.
  • Grandparents’ rights: Sometimes, grandparents have to enforce their rights to visit their grandchildren.
  • Domestic violence: In an abusive situation, we will get you the help you need.
  • Same-sex family law: Enforcing the rights of LGBTQ individuals and couples in Ohio

We know the local courts and opposing family lawyers. We will work to create realistic expectations about the outcome of your case so you can make the decisions that are best for you.

Child Custody Is An Important Part Of Family Law

Child custody is a primary concern of most parents who are divorcing. In Ohio, each married parent has the right to visitation at the minimum, unless it jeopardizes the child’s safety. However, unmarried fathers need to establish paternity before seeking custody arrangements, as the state automatically grants an unmarried mother full custody. If the father has established his rights, judges prefer to award joint legal and physical custody when possible and do not give preference to the mother. Custody arrangements can also have an impact on child support. Generally, the more time a child spends in a parent’s custody, the less child support the parent has to pay.

Contact Our Experienced Family Lawyers

Even in a difficult situation, your Ohio family law attorney can help you. We provide information and resources to help our clients understand their situation and to reassure them that there can be a happy life for them and their children on the other side. To set up your initial consultation, call 614-556-4231 or email us using this online form.