Family Law Attorneys Dayton
Helping Clients with Family Matters in Southwest Ohio
At L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC, our Dayton family lawyers care about families and their futures. Our team is here to assist clients in need of compassionate and seasoned representation during some of the most emotionally draining, family law-related situations. When children are involved, we understand additional stresses can be placed on an entire family, and that is why we are here to offer our full support and legal advocacy.
Family Law Matters We Handle
No matter your case, our Dayton family lawyers can utilize our extensive range of skills and knowledge to protect the rights of you and your family members.
Our team has experience in various areas of family law and can assist you with the following:
- Divorce: A divorce is the legal way to end a marriage, with various matters, such as child custody and property division, being settled through a court order. Several steps are involved in the divorce process, including filing a petition, providing grounds, serving the other spouse, and resolving divorce-related issues.
- Child Visitation: When a child’s parents are not together, it can be difficult to decide on a schedule that provides parents time to spend with their child and strengthen the parent-child relationship. Unwed or divorced parents have the right to child visitation and can take legal action to ensure that those rights are upheld.
- Child Custody: Child custody concerns the rights and responsibilities of each parent to make decisions in their child’s life. In some cases, a judge may grant sole custody, where one parent primarily has decision-making authority and the other parent is awarded parenting time. In others, joint custody may be granted, where both parents share rights and responsibilities. The court will approve custody based on what’s in the best interest of the child.
- Child Support: In Ohio, both parents are required to financially support their child or children. This obligation helps ensure that the child’s basic needs are taken care of. If the parents are not together, one may be ordered to pay the other child support to meet their financial obligations. The amount of child support is based on the state’s guidelines, which take into account various factors such as each parent’s income and the number of children.
- Spousal Support/Alimony: During a marriage, spouses may have had unequal income. Upon a divorce and after the division of property, the higher-earning spouse may be ordered to pay the lower-earning spouse support, allowing them to maintain their livelihood. The court will consider various factors when deciding, including the duration of the marriage, each spouse’s physical health, and the standard of living during the marriage.
- Legal Separation: A legal separation does not end a marriage. Instead, it allows the couple to remain married but live separately and establish arrangements for various issues, including spousal support, child custody, child support, and property division.
Why It Is Important to Secure Legal Advocacy
Although many believe family law-related issues can be handled without the assistance of an experienced family law attorney in Dayton, it is always best practice to contact legal representation as soon as conflict arises. In most cases, various parties involved, such as grandparents, spouses, children, and others, creating a greater potential for complicated issues to arise.
A skilled family law attorney can help:
- Recover the assets that are rightfully yours.
- Your children receive the support they need.
- Seek appropriate division of property.
- Identify false claims that can jeopardize your rights as a parent.
- You live comfortably and safely after a separation or divorce.
Why Choose L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC
Our team of Dayton family law attorneys is equipped with more than five decades of combined legal experience. When you choose to work with our team, you can rest assured knowing that we can handle any and all complicated legal matters, allowing you and your family to focus on a full emotional recovery. Because we understand these types of issues can be stressful, we can do our best to streamline each process so that you never have to worry. When you need experienced and compassionate representation on your side, call us.