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We Help Same-Sex Couples Protect Their Custody Rights

At Kelly Law Office we believe that all individuals deserve the same rights, respect , dignity and protection under the law.

Pursuant to the equal protection clause of the 14 th amendment of the United States Constitution, we believe that same-sex couples married in other states and now residing in Ohio, may request that Ohio courts address the termination of their marriage through a divorce or dissolution. If you are a married same sex couple residing in Ohio, contact Kelly Law Office to discuss your rights.

Although Ohio does not yet allow same-sex marriage, this may soon change. Until it does, LGBT couples are not without legal options for formalizing their parental rights and other co-parenting or partnership wishes.

How Does The Court Handle Child Custody In Domestic Partnerships?

When there is a valid co-custody agreement, Ohio courts have tended to honor some form of continuing relationship with the child if a same-sex couple relationship ends. A co-custody agreement also usually stipulates that if the biological parent, or the parent named on the birth certificate, dies or if the partnership ends in a "divorce," the non-biological co-parent, like a father with paternal rights, has standing to apply for custody or visitation.

Ohio courts do often recognize co-custody agreements that are negotiated, drafted and executed in good faith by unmarried couples, including same-sex couples. This document can grant the same rights and responsibilities of a natural or adoptive parent and may include specifics concerning the extent that each parent has legal and physical custodial rights. We can help you execute this kind of agreement at the start of your union or as part of a larger settlement agreement if you relationship ends.

At our Ohio family law firm, we carefully draft co-custody agreements to not only comply with the guidelines of the court, but to also withstand legal challenges from an extended family member or other interested party who might try to assert custody rights. However, if this does occur or a same-sex relationship ends and there is a dispute, you can trust that we will be your aggressive advocate in and out of court.

Free Initial Telephone Consultations With A Columbus Child Custody Attorney

Are you ready to discuss your case with an experienced Columbus child custody lawyer? Call us at 614-556-4280 or send us an e-mail. We will explain how shared parenting laws and other statutes will affect your case.

Pay Reasonable Fees For Your Divorce and Co-Custody Agreements

We strive to provide excellent legal services for a reasonable fee. Many uncontested matters and other services are offered at flat rates, so you will know up front how much your case will cost. If your case is contested, it will generally be billed on an hourly basis, with a retainer (deposit) required in advance. Monthly fees for legal services are then subtracted from the retainer account. The amount of the deposit will be determined by the attorney and is based upon the complexity of the issues involved.

Contested matters are billed on an hourly basis because the amount of work required to resolve a contested matter cannot be determined in advance. When you and your spouse are unable to agree, it can be difficult to predict when or if a compromise can be reached, and whether a trial will be required to resolve the contested issues. You will be informed of your expenditures with itemized monthly statements or more frequently if you desire. We will continually discuss and evaluate your case strategy and the allocation of your resources. Our goal is to work with you to achieve your desired outcome in a cost effective manner.

Start By Scheduling Your Free Initial Telephone Consultation

Are you ready to discuss your case with an experienced Columbus custody and spousal support attorney? Call us at 614-556-4280 or send us an e-mail.

Kelly Law Office LLC
136 West Mound Street
Columbus, OH 43215

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Phone: 614-556-4280
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