Hours:
Monday – Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Evening appointments upon request

Address:
1170 Old Henderson Road
Suite 116
Columbus, Ohio 43220

Phone: (614) 459-6331
Fax: (614) 459-8119

   

Divorce and Family Law

The divorce and family law attorneys at the firm of Khasawneh & Associates, LLC protect the interest of our clients through the divorce process—from the initial filing through trial. Our attorneys are experienced in all family law issues, including divorce, dissolution, child custody and visitation, child and spousal support, post-decree matters, and civil protection orders. Our attorneys can also be retained as guardian ad litems.
COMMON DIVORCE AND FAMILY LAW QUESTIONS
1. What is the difference between a divorce and a dissolution?
2. How much do you charge for a divorce or dissolution?
3. How much is the initial consultation?
4. What is shared parenting?
5. How is child support calculated?
6. How is spousal support calculated?
7. I don’t know where my spouse is, can I still get a divorce?
8. What is a private domestic hearing or private judge?
9. What is a Guardian ad Litem?
10. What is a Civil Protection Order?
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A divorce is a contested proceeding in which the parties do not agree either to terminate the marriage or the terms upon which the marriage will be terminated. A dissolution is essentially an agreed divorce where the parties negotiate the terms of the termination of their marriage through their attorneys. Once an agreement has been reached, the parties can enter into a Separation Agreement or a Shared Parenting Plan and then Petition the court jointly to terminate their marriage.
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Since the attorneys at Khasawneh & Associates, LLC strive to provide you with individualized cost-effective service, we ask that you set up an initial consultation with us in order to discuss cost. During your 30 minute consultation, we can discuss all of your legal options and make a determination as to your retainer fee. A retainer fee is a deposit, or advance payment from you, which we will deposit into a separate trust account, against which we will charge our work in your case, and for which we will account to you monthly. We may, in some cases, later ask for an additional retainer if the original sum deposited turns out to be inadequate. We don't have a standard set retainer rate. The amount of the retainer fee that we will request differs from case to case depending upon things like the anticipated complexity of the case, the amount of financial responsibility involved, the client's ability to pay, the amount of work that must be done at the outset, etc. 

In cases where there is a short term marriage, few marital assets and debts, and you and your spouse agree on the terms of your divorce, our firm will work hard to help you quickly and efficiently get through the process and avoid unnecessary legal fees. Often times we will charge a reasonable "flat fee” for these types of cases.
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We charge $50 for your first 30 minute consultation. However, if you choose to employ our firm within 30 business days of your initial consultation we will deduct the consultation fee from any attorney’s fees.
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Shared parenting is when both parents of the minor child(ren) are named the legal custodians. As legal custodians the parties agree to equally share in the child(ren)’s upbringing. The parties enter into a Shared Parenting Plan which will outline each of the parent’s rights and responsibilities relating to the child(ren). Some of things in the Plan can include, a parenting time schedule, an order for child support, an order designating which parent will provide the child(ren) with health insurance, an order designating one of the parents as the school placement parent and the right to claim the child(ren) as an income tax dependency exemption.
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Child support is calculated in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code. Under the Code, the amount of child support is determined based upon the parents’ incomes and the expenses related to the child(ren). Parents can also agree to deviate—upward or downward—from the calculation amount if certain factors are present.
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Unlike child support, Ohio does not have a worksheet or formula for determining the amount or duration of spousal support. The attorneys at Khasawneh & Associates, LLC, can assist you in evaluating your rights and responsibilities in this regard.
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Yes. In accordance with the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure, the attorneys at Khasawneh & Associates, LLC, can help you proceed with an uncontested divorce even if your spouse’s address is unknown.
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If you are interested in filing an agreed/uncontested divorce or dissolution, we can arrange to have your final hearing in our office or any private setting of your choice. The benefits to having a private domestic hearing is that the hearing can be scheduled around your convenience and you can get the earliest possible hearing date. You also won’t have to deal with the headache of battling downtown traffic or parking.
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A Guardian ad Litem ("GAL”) is an attorney appointed by the court or selected by the parties to represent the best interest of the minor child(ren) in certain domestic relations and juvenile court proceedings. After a thorough investigation into the child(ren) and the parties, a GAL will make a recommendation to the court regarding the child(ren) and their placement.
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A civil protection order ("CPO”) is a restraining order that prohibits a spouse, family member, or other member of your household from having any contact with you following an incident or threat of domestic violence. These orders can also make temporary awards of custody, child support, and spousal support. A violation of any of the terms of a CPO would result in immediate arrest.
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