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Wayne County Divorce Attorney

A Wayne County divorce attorney represents individuals in Wayne County for divorce, dissolution, post-decree motions, paternity complaint, child custody, child support, civil protection orders, and  motion to modify parental rights and responsibilities.
Where both parents are Wayne County residents, such cases would originate in the Wayne County Domestic Relations Court, 107 W. Liberty Street, Wooster, Ohio 44691.  A divorce in the Wayne County Domestic Relations Court starts with the filing of a complaint and often a request for temporary orders, both of which must be served by summons to the opposing party.  Temporary orders, if granted, temporarily resolve issues such as child custody, parenting time with the children, child support, spousal support, and exclusive use of the marital residence and vehicles. (more…)

Property Division For Unmarried Couples

Couples who are living together do not have the same rights to division of property as married couples.  Married couples have a right to an equitable division of their property.  Ohio Revised Code 3105.171 (R.C. 3105.171) gives married couples this right to an equal division of property, unless an equal division would be inequitable.  Using R.C. 3105.171, the court determines which property is separate property and which property is marital property.  Separate property that is commingled with marital property will remain separate property so long as it is traceable.  Non-married couples could have the right of married couples if they meet the requirements of common-law marriage under Ohio Revised Code 3105.12 (R.C. 3105.12), which provides for common-law marriage only if common-law marriage occurred in Ohio prior to October 10, 1991, or in another state that recognizes common-law marriage.  Outside of marriage, property division for unmarried couples tend to follow general rules of equity and fairness. (more…)