Dissolution of Marriage

The dissolution of marriage is the termination of a marital relationship by the agreement of the parties before the matter is submitted to the court. It involves an agreement resolving all of the issues that would need to be litigated in a contested divorce case. It is not an adversarial action, however the emotional and financial difficulties associated with ending a marriage continue to be present.

It is certainly preferable for couple to agree on the distribution of assets and liabilities, the allocation of parental rights, child support and spousal support. Difficulties still arise in the negotiation of a fair and equitable agreement. John W. Shryock has negotiated fair and equitable agreements for over 35 years and is uniquely qualified to assist you.

Dissolutions must determine:

In a dissolution of marriage, the parties must agree upon how to divide the marital property and debt. All assets and liabilities owned and owning at the time of the dissolution must identified and valued in order to achieve a just and equitable property division. They must be designated either marital, and subject to division, or separate, and be designated to one party. Issues arise concerning the disposition of property or debts that may have been owned or owed by one party at the time of the marriage or inherited during the marriage.

We will help you agree upon the allocation of property and debt. Assets include: real estate (primary residence , vacation home or other property); personal property (vehicles, art, furniture or jewelry); retirement accounts, insurance, inheritances, stock options and portfolios, trust benefits, and businesses operated by a spouse.

Marital liabilities must also be divided. These include debts, mortgages, loans, credit cards, taxes and judgments.

Child custody and visitation: Allocation of parental rights and responsibilities is one of the most emotionally-charged disputes in a dissolution. What should happen to the children? Where should they live? Who should make decisions for their care and well-being? How should their time be shared between the parents? Children can often be the victims of the end of a marriage. Their view of world is that of an intact family, mother, father and siblings. Their view is totally upset by one parent leaving the home. In most cases ,it is the most difficult issue that children may face. It is vitally important that parents and lawyers pay particular concern to the needs of these innocent children.

Marital liabilities must also be divided. These include debts, mortgages , loans, credit cards, taxes and judgments.

Decisions regarding the children. It is important that decision making for the children is addressed. If the parties can cooperate and make joint decisions perhaps a Shared Parenting Plan is in order. On other occasions, decision making must be designated to one parent alone.

Parenting time schedules. It is important that a schedule be established governing where the children will reside at any given time. The schedule must cover holidays and days of special meaning, vacation periods from school and the summer vacation.

We pay specific attention to these important issues when represent parents terminating their marriage. In preparing parenting plans and visitation plans our primary concern is the best interest of the children.

Recognizing how delicate child custody issues can be, we are sensitive to our clients’ concerns while we work to achieve a child custody and visitation arrangement that is appropriate for the parties and in the best interest of the children.

Spousal Support (Alimony) and Child Support: Financial support is an important concern for many people facing dissolution. Spousal support (Alimony) is needs-based and is determined on a case-by­-case basis after a thorough consideration of a number of factors. Child support is a right of the child and is determined in every custody case. We can explain the factors considered by the court in spousal support determinations and the acceptable deviations from Ohio Child Support Guidelines.

CHILD CUSTODY AND VISITATION

Allocation of parental rights and responsibilities is one of the most emotionally-charged disputes in dissolution. Recognizing how delicate child custody issues can be, we are sensitive to our clients’ concerns while we work to achieve a child custody and visitation arrangement that is appropriate for the parties and in the best interest of the children.

SPOUSAL SUPPORT (ALIMONY) AND CHILD SUPPORT

Financial support is an important concern for many people facing dissolution. Spousal support (Alimony) is needs-based and is determined on a case-by-­case basis after a thorough consideration of a number of factors. Child support is a right of the child and is determined in every custody case. We can explain the factors considered by the court in spousal support determinations and the acceptable deviations from Ohio Child Support Guidelines.

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