Divorce is the termination of a marriage in a lawsuit that is initiated as a contested manner. However, most divorces end with an agreement between the parties. It is an intensely personal experience. The service you receive from your divorce lawyer should also be personal in nature. You want an attorney who will protect your interests, but who is also concerned of your personal needs.
John W. Shryock provides the kind of representation you deserve when facing such a delicate issue. Since 1979, he has served clients in the greater Cleveland area and throughout Northeast Ohio. He believes that each divorce case requires a unique approach tailored to the needs of the family.
He believes that solutions achieved out-of-court often produce more favorable results in a more cost-efficient manner. However, because he recognizes that trial may be inevitable, he prepares each case from the onset for litigation. John Shryock, has the experience, knowledge and proven ability to represent clients throughout the divorce process.
Divorce cases address several issues.
Division of Property and Debt
In a divorce the parties or the court must determine how to divide the marital property and debt. In Ohio, marital property and debt is divided by “equitable” distribution, which usually means “equal,” but not always. You may need an experienced divorce lawyer to determine what is “marital” and what is not. You may need an experienced divorce lawyer to advise you when an “equal” distribution is an “equitable” and appropriate distribution.
All assets and liabilities owned and owning at the time of divorce 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 define what is marital property and what is separate property. We can work with forensic accountants to find hidden assets and have them valued.
Examples of assets include:
- Real estate (primary residence , vacation home or other property)
- Personal property (vehicles , art, furniture or jewelry)
- Retirement accounts
- Stock options and portfolios
- Trust benefits
- Businesses operated by a spouse
Marital liabilities must also be divided. These include debts, mortgages, loans, credit cards, taxes and judgments . We will work to achieve a fair settlement for you.
Allocation of Parental Rights & Responsibilities
Child Custody & Visitation
Allocation of parental rights and responsibilities is one of the most emotionally-charged disputes in divorce. 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.
In a divorce important questions arise concerning the children. 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 a divorce. 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.
It is important that decision making for the children is addressed. Can divorcing parents make child care decision together or must one be designated that responsibility exclusively. 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.
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 divorcing parents. In preparing parenting plans and visitation plans our primary concern is the best interest of the children.
Spousal Support (Alimony) & Child Support
Financial support is an important concern for many people facing divorce. 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.
Children need the financial support of both of their parents. The Ohio Child Support Guidelines are designed to provide children with the appropriate amount of support from both parents. The calculation of child support is based upon the incomes of the parties. A correct calculation requires not only accurate information but a working knowledge of how to apply the information. New requirements imposed by health insurance concerns make an accurate calculation even more difficult.
Times change and so do the issues surrounding children and their support. Parents’ incomes may increase or in these troubled economic times may decrease. A parent’s obligation to support a child must be determined according to the current financial condition of the parents. The law allows for modifications to meet these changes in the circumstances of a child.
When a marriage comes to an end, allegations may arise of spousal or child abuse. In some cases, these claims are warranted and protection is necessary. Other times, false claims of abuse are made to gain leverage in custody dispute. We get to the bottom of what really happened and preserve our clients’ interests, whether that means seeking a protective order or challenging temporary orders and false allegations.
John W. Shryock has over 35 years of experience working with child support issues. He is uniquely able to guide you through the divorce process.
To discuss your divorce case with an experienced attorney at our law firm , schedule an appointment today. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. , Monday through Friday , we also offer evening and weekend hours by appointment. We accept credit cards for all cases. Contact us today for a free consultation.