Over 25 Years Addressing The Needs Of Children

When a domestic matter involves children, the impact of the outcome multiplies. It is never more necessary to have the counsel of an experienced professional.

At the Kelly Law Office, we have been dedicated to putting the needs of children and parents first for over 25 years in all family law matters. When you come to our law firm for assistance:

  • You will work with an experienced attorney who understands the stress and uncertainty facing parents involved in custody litigation.
  • We will take the time to answer your questions, address your concerns and explain the legal environment and your various options.
  • We will explain and discuss with you how issues such as parenting time and child support are related, and the statutory factors that the court must consider when allocating custody or parental rights.
  • We will outline the potential outcomes and, most importantly, listen to you to find out which outcome makes the most sense for you and your child(ren).
  • If you have custody orders in place we can help you modify them. When a significant change in circumstances has occurred, a court may be empowered to re-examine and modify its prior orders.

The choices that you make at this time will directly impact your child’s future. You need to be sure that you have guidance that helps you make decisions in your child’s best interests. We can explain all of your options and work with you to find the right strategy for you.

The Difference Between Shared Parenting And Sole Child Custody

Shared parenting is essentially Ohio’s term for joint custody. Although custody is shared, parenting time (time spent with the children by each parent) may not necessarily be shared equally, and a parent with an order of shared parenting may still pay child support. Shared parenting plans are not one size fits all.

When a court allocates sole custody, it gives primary parental rights to one parent, with the other parent retaining residual parental rights, such as the right to parenting time with the child(ren) and the right to have access to medical records, school activities and day care. Additionally, they will have obligations such as the duty to pay child support.

It is important to know your options and to have an experienced attorney advise you and help you draft a shared parenting or sole custody agreement that addresses all of your present needs and avoids potential future problems.

Flat Or Reasonable Fees: There Are No Surprises With Us

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. A retainer (deposit) will be required. The amount of the retainer is determined by the attorney and is based upon complexity of the issues involved. Monthly fees for legal services provided are subtracted from the retainer.

We bill contested matters on an hourly basis because the amount of work required to resolve the matter cannot be determined in advance. When you and the other party 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. When this is the case:

  • We will inform you 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.

Call Us Today And Schedule Your Free Initial Consultation

Are you ready to discuss your case with an experienced Columbus child custody lawyer? Call us at 614-241-2174 or send us an email. We will explain how shared parenting laws and other statutes will affect your case.

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