Domestic Relations Law

Our Columbus Divorce Attorney Can Help You Navigate Your Family Law Issues

At Sheppard Law Offices, we are dedicated to providing caring and effective family law services to our clients in Columbus. Our experienced domestic relations attorney has handled well over 600 divorce, dissolution, child support, spousal support, contempt proceedings, modifications, administrative reviews of child support, interstate and intrastate issues involving the same all here in Ohio. In addition, our extensive tax and bankruptcy background completes the trifecta of our ability to represent clients fully as these issues are intertwined with domestic relations.

Our philosophy is to help resolve matters amicably whenever possible, but when the matter turns adversarial, our philosophy at Sheppard Law Offices is to be reasonably aggressive in the pursuit of our clients’ best interests.  

At Sheppard Law Offices, our dedicated family law attorney has been called as a Tax Expert in a divorce trial providing expert testimony on the tax consequences for a spousal support issue. We have helped countless parties and their counsel file for bankruptcy approval to proceed forward with domestic cases as the parties want to resolve their domestic matters while one or both of them are in current bankruptcy proceedings. We pride ourselves on offering the most effective representation for spousal support cases, as we systematically address each of the factors to determine spousal support.  

Our family law attorney has been very successful in terminating spousal support cases. We believe our tax background and attention to these details offer a service quite different than other lawyers. If you are a Columbus resident and are facing domestic relations or family law matters of a legal nature, reach out to us today to schedule a free consultation.

Effective Divorce and Dissolution Services in Columbus

For clients seeking assistance with Divorce proceedings, there are several specific areas our domestic relations attorney typically addresses during a consultation or full proceeding. When the matter is a divorce case, we have several questions that we ask to better understand the bigger picture of the case, such as the length of the marriage and whether there are any children involved.  On issues regarding children, we typically ask about what they wish to have in terms of custody, visitation, health insurance; child support, and what they think the other party will say about these issues.  During the consultation for divorce or dissolution, we also ask about marital assets, assets owned before the marriage (separate property), as well as joint and separate debts. 

At Sheppard Law Offices, our consultation process for divorce or dissolution cases is an important discovery period that allows us to learn more about asset planning, income sources from both parties, and much more. Our experienced family law attorney will discuss our philosophy on divorce cases – to be reasonably aggressive and never to be intimidated by opposing counsel or the other spouse.  We discuss the hourly fee arrangement and what the retainer will be and the replenishment of the retainer for continued representation. In addition, our family law attorney will address how the initial steps will be handled in the case and what the client should expect next.  Then, we execute the fee agreement and we start completing the draft of the affidavits necessary to file in a divorce case.   

When it comes to the divorce or dissolution proceeding, we are prepared to address all aspects of the case such as a hearing on any motion like a motion for temporary orders or a contempt motion, to pre-trial, to a deposition, or to the actual trial itself.  Our family law attorney makes opening statements to address the issues and facts to be heard by the fact-finder (judge in most cases), then we call witnesses and cross examine those witnesses, including the parties, neighbors, child advocates, police officers, child support representatives, and more.

Our attorney will address the court and all in attendance very professionally and will proceed to handle the presentation professionally and competently.  At Sheppard Law Offices, we know the proper sequence of addressing matters before each court and our attorney can adapt to the situation when called upon. When you engage our experienced family law attorney at Sheppard Law to represent you in a divorce or dissolution case, you can rest assured that your case will be handled with the utmost sensitivity and transparency between attorney and client. You will have a family law attorney with a backbone, that will fight for your case in a reasonably aggressive and efficient manner.

You Don’t Have to Navigate Child Support Proceedings in Columbus Alone – Our Experienced Family Law Attorney Can Help

The issue of determining child support is a math calculation that can be adjusted based upon facts of a particular case. Income from the parties is entered into a formula, but the calculation can be altered by what is called deviating factors as spelled out by the Ohio Revised Code.  So, we discuss income and why the client believes child support should be increased or lowered from the formula’s outcome.  This can lead into other questions such as assets, debts, and expenses of both parties.  Of course, we discuss the fee arrangement for attorney fees.  Modification of child support after it has been previously ordered by a court follows the same path of conversation in a consultation, but our lawyer will need to review what the court ordered and what was stated in the prior proceeding to determine whether any modification can take place.

In the cases regarding child support, any proceedings here will most likely be a contested matter. At Sheppard Law Offices, we can handle both legal actions for child support and representations in administrative actions before the county’s child support enforcement agency (CSEA). Therefore, the same rules and practices in a divorce case will be seen here.  Here, the issues will be income and making sure the data used in the calculation was correct and the whole formula was calculated correctly.  Then, we argue deviation factors to see if child support should be increased or lowered. Testimonial evidence and physical evidence such as pay stubs, tax returns, ledgers, profit and loss statements, bills, invoices, can help to show the financial status of persons involved.

Frequently Asked Questions About Navigating Domestic Relations, Divorce and Family Law Proceedings

  • I have just been served, how do I respond to the Complaint for Divorce?
  • Will you review my dissolution paperwork, such as the separation agreement?
  • What should I expect in the dissolution process?
  • What should I expect in the divorce process?
  • What’s the difference between a divorce and a dissolution?
  • My spouse won’t let me see the kids, what do I do?
  • My spouse will not give me my things, what do I do?
  • The mortgage or rent is due and I am out of the house, do I pay it?
  • The other bills are due, do I have to pay them too?
  • How much spousal support, if any, will I have to pay?
  • How can I change or modify my custody or parenting time schedule?
  • How do I defend myself in a contempt action?
  • Do I need a lawyer to file for contempt?
  • How much are attorney fees?
  • How long before I have to go to court?

At Sheppard Law Offices, we strive to provide effective, caring and competent legal services to all of our domestic relations and family law clients. We also strive to offer our services at a reasonable rate, and as such, all of our domestic relations cases are performed at our family law and divorce attorney’s hourly rate.  In 2021, the hourly rate is $300.00 per hour for non-tax matters.  We normally ask for a retainer of $1,500 in a simple dissolution case and a retainer may be up to $5,000 for a divorce proceeding. 
If you are facing a domestic relation dispute in Columbus, such as a divorce or dissolution, or you need assistance with child support proceedings, contact our family law attorney for a free consultation today!