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Tried-And-True Ohio Divorce Guidance And Representation

Going through a divorce can be incredibly overwhelming, and it is natural to feel apprehensive. However, we are here to guide you through the process. You do not have to face it all alone.

At The Lampe Law Office, LLC, our team has decades of experience in Ohio divorce. We have a comprehensive understanding of the myriad issues that divorcing couples and families face. You can rest assured that our team will fight tirelessly on your behalf to protect your children, your interests and your future. If you have challenges in reaching a divorce settlement related to custody, a business valuation, complex joint assets, or property division issues, our attorneys can represent you and advocate for you assertively.

We Help With Many Facets Of The Divorce Process

Our goal is for you to feel safer, more informed and more confident about your path with each interaction with us. While you may be one of two parties in divorce negotiations or litigation, to us, you are the person we are serving. We feel it is this attitude – one of utter service – that sets what we do apart.

No divorce is ever the same. Each marriage is unique, with its own facts and circumstances. Therefore, the issues in every divorce will be different. No matter what issues your divorce involves, we can guide you with experienced counsel and advice. We help clients with all aspects of a divorce, including:

  • Property division: The longer a couple has been married, the more complicated the division of property can be. Determining what is jointly-owned marital property and what is owned individually by each member of the couple is critical to an equitable distribution of the marital estate. We help clients negotiate the division of assets, including the division of retirement and pensions.
  • A family or marital business: When a divorcing couple owns a marital business or a spouse is part of a family business, the business will have to be evaluated. It may be part of the marital estate and there are several options as to how the business may be divided in the dissolution of the marriage. We help clients assess the value of complicated marital assets, such as a family or marital business.
  • Child custody and parental rights: When children are involved, we help clients protect their parental rights and preserve the best interests of their children. This part of the divorce decree can address custody schedules, co-parenting issues, child support requests and much more. We assist clients with child custody matters, visitation and child support issues during or after a divorce has been finalized.
  • Out-of-state divorce: We can help if you or your ex-spouse is contemplating moving out of state after a divorce has been finalized. It is essential that the impact of a significant out-of-state move is discussed and documented in the divorce decree or a post-decree modification.
  • Military divorce: When one or both spouses are in the military, a divorce can be more complicated. Your active military status can impact your custody negotiations, as well as property and asset division. We assist clients who are navigating a military divorce in achieving their goals for the new chapter in their lives.
  • Domestic violence: When a divorce involves ending a marriage with a history of violence, we have experience navigating the sensitive issues that arise. We can assist you if you need to file a Domestic Violence Civil Protection Order (DVCPO) or if you need to address allegations of abuse that have been leveled against you.

We can help with any type of divorce – from amicable divorces to complex situations with contested, significant assets at stake or volatile child custody issues.

We also help clients who are navigating the breakup of a long-term relationship that involves children. We have experience with paternity matters, preserving parental rights and establishing child custody and support when the parties were never legally married.

Ending A Marriage In Ohio: Divorce Versus Dissolution

The process for breaking the legal bonds with your spouse will look different depending on whether you mutually agree it is time to end your marriage. In Ohio, a divorce is a civil lawsuit designed to end the marriage. The plaintiff (person filing the divorce petition) must show grounds for wanting the divorce, which can include living apart for more than 12 months, incompatibility, extreme cruelty, or gross neglect. If both parties agree the marriage needs to end, the path to achieve that end is called a dissolution. No grounds for the action need to be stated.

Steps In A Divorce Case

In a divorce proceeding, the following process is usually followed:

  1. The plaintiff in the lawsuit (known in other states as a petitioner) files a complaint with the clerk of court.
  2. The defendant (known in other states as a respondent) is served with the divorce complaint, or it is published in a local newspaper of record.
  3. The defendant has 28 days to respond to the complaint. They may file a counterclaim, citing similar or different grounds for the divorce.
  4. The parties in the divorce may choose negotiation or mediation to settle terms of the divorce decree, including child custody and support, spousal support, and property division.
  5. If the parties decline negotiation, the divorce complaint will be litigated in court. Evidence must be presented to support the demands of the complaint. The court will determine the terms of the decree based upon Ohio law.

Steps In A Marital Dissolution Case

In contrast with a divorce, the following steps are usually part of a marital dissolution:

  1. The parties in a marriage mutually agree to end their legal relationship.
  2. Both parties create a separation agreement, which covers matters such as spousal and child support, custody issues, as well as property and asset division.
  3. After the parties have a signed separation agreement, they may file for a marriage dissolution petition.
  4. The parties must wait at least 30 days for their dissolution case to be heard. The case will take place within 90 days of the filing date of the dissolution petition.
  5. A court will hear the dissolution case and evaluate whether the parties are in agreement about the terms of the agreement. If this is the case, the court will grant the dissolution by making the separation agreement into a court order.


It is always in your best interest to understand your rights and options when it comes to ending your marriage. Regardless of the complexity of your divorce or the issues involved, our team is prepared to offer personal, supportive and seasoned counsel.

Our Firm Is Here To Guide You

To arrange a consultation with a member of our team, call our West Chester office at 800-542-4495. You can also connect with the firm via our online contact form. We handle divorce matters for clients throughout Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties.