Looking for a Licking County Divorce Lawyer Near Me?
If you are reading this, you might be thinking about divorce or helping a friend or family member navigate the divorce process.
Either way, separating from a spouse can be a difficult process from beginning to end. Often considered one of the major life events, divorce can lead to unknowns, “what ifs,” and emotional challenges. However, you do not need to experience these concerns alone.
With friends, family, and a legal team supporting you along the way, you can work through the divorce process more effectively and feel more confident about your new life.
- Hiring a Divorce Lawyer in Licking County, Ohio
- What Can Family Law and Divorce Lawyers Do for Their Clients?
- Emergency Relief
- Temporary Relief
- Post-Decree Disputes
- Residency Requirements for Divorce in Licking County
- Experienced Licking County Divorce Lawyer
- Where Are Court Hearings Held in Licking County?
- COVID-19 Precautions for Licking County
- Schedule Your Free Consultation with a Licking County Divorce Attorney
Hiring a Divorce Lawyer in Licking County, Ohio
Joslyn Law Firm has over 10 years of experience in leading clients through all types of divorce cases, including those that resolve through mediation and those that are heavily litigated in courtrooms.
Our attorneys represent clients who are ready to begin the divorce process and those who have already been served divorce papers.
Managing attorney Brian Joslyn has led his firm into becoming one of the most recognized of all divorce and family law firms in the state of Ohio. He has been a member of the Licking County Chamber of Commerce since 2016 and has led his team in trial representation skills and courtroom advocacy.
A selectee of Best Attorney by the highly prestigious Rue Ratings and a recipient of The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Brian Joslyn has created a highly-regarded law firm in the legal community.
As recipients of numerous awards, Joslyn Law Firm was recognized for client satisfaction by the American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys.
The team you work with in your divorce can impact the outcome of your case. When you work with Joslyn Law Firm, you will have peace of mind knowing you are working with the best.
What Can Licking County Family Law Lawyers Do for Their Clients?
Joslyn Law Firm can assist clients in matters above and beyond a traditional divorce proceeding. When spouses separate, there can be issues during and after the divorce proceeding that are often not considered. In higher-conflict cases, sometimes spouses seek relief in the form of an emergency request or temporary relief. Both types of relief require a motion and supporting documentation.
Emergency relief, sometimes called “ex parte relief,” requires a spouse to show that the relief is necessary to prevent immediate harm. Reasons to request this kind of relief typically include protective orders for domestic violence and custody.
However, requests for emergency relief regarding children are rarely granted. A parent must provide evidence that the child will be physically or emotionally harmed without the change in custody.
A spouse’s petition for ex parte relief will typically be reviewed without the other spouse’s input. If a petition is granted, the petitioning spouse has the requested relief for a very short time.
A hearing will be held within seven to 10 days of the petition’s filing date. At this hearing, the other spouse has an opportunity to present their side. The presiding judicial officer can grant or deny the petition.
If it is granted, the presiding judicial officer will outline the relief. For example, suppose you petition the court for relief from the other spouse’s acts of domestic violence. If the judicial officer grants your petition at the hearing, the other spouse can be prevented from contacting you for an extended period of time.
If you filed a petition for emergency custody, a judicial officer could provide you temporary custody of your child until the divorce decree fully addresses custody.
Temporary Relief can be granted to a spouse who files a motion and supporting documentation explaining the need for temporary relief.
These motions have some overlap with emergency motions, but there are some key distinctions. Motions for temporary relief are not necessarily granted on an emergency basis.
Instead, they are court orders that address issues common to divorce, but in the short term. Temporary relief orders often address:
- Spousal support;
- Custody and parenting time;
- Child support;
- Use of marital property; and
- Restraints to selling marital property.
Temporary orders occur far more often when spouses cannot resolve their disputes quickly and need court intervention to resolve disputes.
For example, spouses can often disagree on short-term custody or a parenting time schedule.
These disputes can become so contentious that one spouse might request a temporary order from a judge that outlines custody and parenting time. The temporary order remains in effect until the final divorce decree.
As much as clients wish their disputes with their ex-spouses ended with their divorce decree, this is not always the case. Sometimes an ex-spouse will feel a need to request relief from the court after the divorce is final.
This kind of relief is called “post-decree,” and it requires a motion and supporting documentation explaining the need for relief.
Post-decree motions are often used to request modifications of a divorce decree, including spousal support, child support, and child custody. Sometimes post-decree relief can involve matters pertaining to property distribution and the sale of property.
Each of the above motions has its own requirements to prove.
As family law and divorce lawyers, the attorneys with Joslyn Law Firm have helped many clients file post-decree motions and are very familiar with every motion’s standard of proof.
Residency Requirements for Divorce in Licking County
With the exception of a few states, Ohio is among the many states that has a residency requirement for individuals hoping to file for divorce. Residency requirements occur at both the state and county levels, and they pertain to the person filing for divorce but not to the non-filing spouse.
If you are the filing spouse, sometimes called the “petitioner” or “plaintiff,” you must live in Ohio for at least six months prior to the date that you file. The petitioner must also live within the borders of Licking County by the filing date.
The non-filing party, often called the “respondent” or “defendant,” does not need to meet either residential requirement.
A vast majority of the time, residential requirements do not present a problem for parties, as one or both spouses often live in Ohio and the same county. However, spouses who move out of state or to a different county can create difficulties if they do not know residency requirements.
Filing in the wrong state or county can lead to significant delays in the process and additional filing fees. Working with a Licking County divorce lawyer can help you avoid the consequences associated with filing in the right place.
Experienced Licking County OH Divorce Lawyer
It can be very difficult for parties to represent themselves or to work with attorneys unfamiliar with Licking County’s rules. The attorneys at Joslyn Law Firm have represented many clients in Licking County and have a strong understanding of the Court’s requirements.
When you decide to hire our team, you can feel secure knowing your legal team is on top of deadlines and procedures.
Where Are Court Hearings Held in Licking County?
In all of Ohio’s 88 counties, the Court of Common Pleas is the starting point for many kinds of cases. It is a trial court with several smaller departments and courts.
One of these courts is called Domestic Relations, the court that hears family law matters, including custody and divorce cases.
If your divorce case is held in Licking County, proceedings are likely to be heard in the Domestic Relations division at the Licking County Court of Common Pleas.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some hearings are held in person, while others may be held remotely.
The Licking County Court of Common Pleas is located at:
1 Courthouse Square
Newark, OH 43055
COVID-19 Precautions for Licking County
Licking County continues to follow Governor DeWine’s policies for preserving the safety of individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Like other counties, Licking County developed its own strategies to protect the public while maintaining daily court functions. If you have concerns about safety in the courthouse, please review the Court’s Journal Entry for a general understanding of its COVID-19 policies.
On June 10, 2020, the Domestic Relations division issued a Temporary Order providing the public with additional guidelines. The division is holding in-person hearings and remains flexible to the needs of the public.
Your attorney can discuss the Court’s specific rules regarding in-person and remote hearings.
Schedule Your Free Consultation With a Licking County Family Law Attorney
Whether you are hoping to file for divorce or you have been served divorce documents, the family law attorneys at Joslyn Law Firm are ready to be the advocates you need to build your case.
At our first meeting, we will fully review your case, explain the divorce proceedings, answer your questions, and provide you with options.
Reviews of Our Licking County Divorce Attorneys
Read this 5-star Google review below regarding a complex child custody case in Columbus OH
“I have a complex custody case, and had no idea where to start. I started researching family law attorneys in Columbus and found Joslyn Law Firm. I spoke with Ashley Dollins and after listening to my entire story she gave me very good advice on what I need to do. She was so kind and patient and I am very grateful she is the first person I spoke with regarding getting to see my daughter again. It is clear she is very knowledgeable regarding family law cases, especially a highly complicated case as mine.”
By: Matthew Neiman
Rating: 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
September 22, 2021
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