As you go through a separation, you’re tasked with learning a lot in a short period of time—learning what to look for or what to expect from a family law attorney shouldn’t be on that list.
During a divorce, there’s a tangled web of assets, responsibilities and obligations to straighten out. The purpose of a family law attorney is to help sort out that situation in whatever way serves you best. With a direct approach and more than 50 years of combined experience, attorneys at Babbitt & Dahlberg have been trusted with this responsibility, putting clients’ needs first.
Though there’s a popular belief that kids are able to pick which parent they want to live with, neither the Ohio legislature nor the courts have ever determined an age where children’s wishes are the final deciding factor. Therefore, when dealing with custody issues, courts consider more factors than you might think. Overall, the court’s goal is to make a decision that serves the child’s best interests. The child’s wishes or the financial status of the parents are just the beginning of that analysis.
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Other factors include:
Understanding how child support is calculated is another component of a divorce that Columbus family law attorneys can help parents understand. Again, there’s more to it than simply the child’s needs or the parents’ income. Although the court must start with a calculation based on certain guidelines, every case is different and the court is not necessarily bound by the outcome of that calculation.
Custody disputes are distressing experiences for everyone involved, that’s why the guidance of a Columbus family law attorney can help. The attorneys at Babbitt & Dahlberg fight to protect your child from the effects of divorce as well as serve your best interests.
When “what’s mine is yours” turns to “that’s yours and this is mine,” things get complicated. This is another heated area where couples tend to spend a lot of time and energy sorting out details. Parties involved in divorce proceedings argue about everything from who gets the house to how to divide the beanie baby collection. The experienced family law attorneys at Babbitt & Dahlberg have seen it all, and can help you navigate all of the various situations and components related to property division.
Typically, disputes over property occur because items are either valuable or sentimental. The added layer of anger or resentment in a marital separation contributes to the trickiness of settling these property disputes.
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When determining who gets awarded each asset, the courts look at several factors, such as:
When thinking about your pets, your child’s art projects, or your the China collection your grandma gave you on your wedding day, the Columbus family law attorneys at Babbitt & Dahlberg can help you keep what’s important to you.
At Babbitt & Dahlberg, we are well-aware of what’s at stake in a high-asset divorce. Disputes involving significant or sizeable marital estates can’t be rushed, and they can be pricey, but our experience tells us this: it’s worth it. Because there are very rarely do-overs, you have to get it right the first time, so you want to make sure you don’t make a hasty decision that costs you more in the long run.
Perceptive and experienced, a family law attorney will help you facing issues such as business valuations, trusts, stocks, investments and much more. You will be walked through the process of protecting your finances and your short- and long-term financial security. We’ll help you be diligent about what you own, forthrightly address your true assets, and discover how much of your business will be attributed to the marital estate.
When it comes to your personal and financial well-being, your attorney is focused on the intricate details that help you get – or keep – what’s rightfully yours.
In addition to the usual challenges and hardships that come with a divorce, same-sex couples face challenges with heightened complexities. Since many same-sex couples spent years together before they were able to legally marry, this presents more difficulty when it comes to dividing assets.
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Courts have traditionally only recognized assets that were gained during the marriage, not before. If in your years before you said “I do,” you bought a house together, owned property or filled your apartment with expensive art pieces, you could be in a difficult scenario to sort out.
Additionally, same-sex couples can also see greater complexity in matters of child custody and child support in a divorce, making the advice of an experienced family law attorney vital to the best possible outcome.
The Columbus family law attorneys at Babbitt & Dahlberg can help you steer the situation with services that help with your specific needs. They’ve been trusted to help people navigate all sorts of divorce and dissolution situations—and they can help your situation too. Schedule a consultation today.