Lewis Center, Ohio Family Lawyers

William Geary Esq
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Our practice concentrates solely on family law matters involving divorce, dissolution, annulment, custody, civil protection orders, unwed parents, paternity, child support, spousal support, alimony, business valuation,... Read More »
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David Shaver
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Ohio Family Law Attorney with 33 years experience

Mr. Shaver is an experienced and aggressive attorney practicing primarily in the are of family and criminal law. He graduated in 1986 from Capital University law school (Magna Cum Laude) and is a member for Phi Beta... Read More »
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Lewis Center, OH Family Law Lawyer
(614) 885-2066 737 Enterprise Drive
Lewis Center, OH 43035
Family, Bankruptcy, Criminal and Divorce
James S. Sweeney
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Powell, OH Family Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(614) 546-5653 285 South Liberty Street
Powell, OH 43065
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Capital University Law School
James S. Sweeney is the founder and managing member of James Sweeney Law, LLC. A native of Central Ohio, James was born in Columbus and grew up in Marysville.

Prior to starting his own practice, James worked at the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. While in law school, he also worked at the Reynoldsburg City Attorney’s Office, where he served as a Prosecutor at the Reynoldsburg Mayor’s Court, and also worked at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. He formerly served as the Village Solicitor of Alexandria, Ohio.

Prior to attending law school, James lived for several years in...
David Michael Johnson
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Columbus, OH Family Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(614) 987-0192 1900 Polaris Parkway Suite 450
Columbus, OH 43240
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
The University of Toledo College of Law
I graduated from The Ohio State University cum laude with a B.A. in Criminology and earned a J.D. from the University of Toledo College of Law with a concentration in criminal law. While in law school I worked for both the Toledo Public Defender's Office and Lucas County Prosecutor's Office. These experiences allow me to give excellent representation to my clients in need of criminal defense.
Jack W. Carney-DeBord
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Delaware, OH Family Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(740) 369-7567 305 S. Sandusky St.
Delaware, OH 43015
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Personal Injury and Social Security Disability
Born in Toledo Ohio and grew up in Yuma Arizona, Taylor Michigan, San Juan Puerto Rico and Cleveland Ohio. Graduated from Midpark High School in 1978, 4th in class of 666. Graduated from Denison University in 1978 with a B.S degree and Eastern Michigan University in 1980, with a M.S. degree. Graduated from Capital Law School in 1991 and passed the Ohio Bar that year. I started my own law firm in 1991 and have been in private practice ever since, practicing primarily in the family law and personal injury practice areas. My firm mission is not just to give...
David Shaver
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Worthington, OH Family Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(614) 547-7111 67 E. Wilson Bridge Road
Suite 101
Worthington, OH 43085
Free ConsultationFamily, DUI, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Capital University Law School
Mr. Shaver is an experienced and aggressive attorney practicing primarily in the are of family and criminal law. He graduated in 1986 from Capital University law school (Magna Cum Laude) and is a member for Phi Beta Kappa from Denison University (also Magna Cum Laude). He has served as President of the Fairfield County Bar Association and as an Acting Judge in the Fairfield County Municipal Court. His public service includes being the Mayor of Pickerington and a city councilman. He also serves as a Guardian Ad Litem in Juvenile and Domestic cases.

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Linda J. Lawrence
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Delaware, OH Family Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(740) 363-0990 24 West William Street
Delaware, OH 43015
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Estate Planning
Capital University Law School and University of Cincinnati College of Law
Our dedication to our clients and thorough preparation of their cases have ended in positive results for many individuals throughout Ohio. Whether you are located in Delaware, Columbus, New Albany, Westerville, Powell, or any other Ohio area we serve, feel free to contact us to schedule your confidential consultation with Lawrence Law Office. Our legal team is here to help with whatever family transition you’re going through, be it a divorce, custody disputes, parenting plan modification or adoption. When you hire us, we focus on resolving the issues amicably so that everyone, especially the children, benefit from the solution....
Anthony William Greco
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Columbus, OH Family Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(614) 792-7800 6810 Caine Road
Cimmaron Plaza II
Columbus, OH 43235
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, DUI and Divorce
Capital University
The Law Office of Anthony W. Greco is committed to providing each and every Client with professional, aggressive and practical representation, while being sensitive to the Client’s unique concerns and goals. With more than 20 years of experience as a Columbus Ohio Divorce Attorney and Child Custody Lawyer, our “results driven” firm is equipped with the experience and attitude necessary to deal with each and every issue involved in Divorce, Dissolution, Child Custody, Child Support, Spousal Support, Grandparent Custody or Visitation, as well as all other legal matters involved in any Family Law case. From the financially complex, “high asset”...
Larry Steven Hayman Esq
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Columbus, OH Family Law Attorney
(614) 336-2868 3010 Hayden Road
Columbus, OH 43235
Family, Divorce, Education and Employment
Ohio State University - Columbus
Larry S. Hayman is a Principal and Founder of Hayman Law, LLC and is admitted to practice law before all state courts and agencies in the State of Ohio as well as before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. He has significant litigation experience in a wide variety of forums across the state. Indeed, Mr. Hayman has successfully tried cases in court, presented cases on appeal, and represented clients in numerous adminstrative proceedings before, among others, the Ohio Elections Commission, the Ohio Department of Education, State Employment Relations Board, and the U.S. Equal...
Beverly Joy Farlow Esq
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Dublin, OH Family Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(614) 734-1270 270 Bradenton Avenue
Suite 100
Dublin, OH 43017
Family, Divorce, Education and Estate Planning
The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
Beverly J. Farlow is the founding and principal attorney of Farlow & Associates. Since 1985, she and her skilled team of attorneys in Dublin have been protecting the rights of their clients. Their decades of in-depth legal experience has equipped them with the tools and knowledge they need to fight for you. Whether you are going through a divorce, need legal assistance as a school employee, or have been accused of a crime, they can handle all that and more. They are exceedingly proficient in a vast range of practice areas and have a long track record of success that...
Edward F. Whipps
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Dublin, OH Family Law Lawyer with 58 years experience
555 Metro Place North
Dublin, OH 43017
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Ohio University
Edward F. Whipps & Associates was established in 1992 by Mr. Whipps who had been a partner for over 30 years in large law firms including the international firm of Thompson, Hine & Flory. Mr. Whipps has earned a reputation as a capable and effective matrimonial lawyer and he has been an active bar and community leader. He has served as President of the Ohio Board of Psychology, the Upper Arlington Board of Education, The Upper Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Creative Living, Inc. and Unverferth House He has also served as a National Vice President of...
Christopher J Tamms
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Westerville, OH Family Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(614) 859-9529 5 West Main Street
Westerville, OH 43081
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Juvenile
The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
I am a OSBA Board Certified Family Law Specialist located in Westerville, Ohio. I strive to provide high quality yet affordable legal representation in all areas of domestic relations and custody matters. If I can be of service, please contact my office.
Abbie Obenour
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Worthington, OH Family Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(614) 678-8848 7100 N High Street, Suite 200
Worthington, OH 43085
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Estate Planning and Probate
Capital University Law School
As a founding and managing partner of a women-owned law firm, attorney Abbie Obenour is particularly interested in efficient practice management, networking strategies for attorneys, women in the profession, and mentorship.

Areas of Practice
Elder Law
Estate Planning
Probate & Estate Administration
Adoption
Assisted Reproductive Technology
Guardian Ad Litem

Education
– Capital University Law School
Honors: Order of the Curia
Honors: Felicia Beth Nektirz Juvenile
Law Fellow with the National Center for Adoption Law and Policy
Honors: Dean’s Award for Public Service
Concentration: Family Law
– The Ohio State University
Master of Public Health
Honors: University FellowshipConcentration:
Health Behavior Health Promotion
– The Ohio State University

Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude
Honors: College of Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence...
Michael Timothy Cox Esq
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Columbus, OH Family Law Attorney
(614) 562-0945 4930 Reed Rd
Columbus, OH 43220
Free ConsultationFamily, DUI, Divorce and Personal Injury
Capital University Law School
Michael’s practice is wide ranging. He handles both criminal and civil matters and can help most individuals with just about any legal problem they encounter. Mike has represented clients facing a variety of felony and misdemeanor criminal charges including DUI, theft, assault, fraud, and drug possession/abuse. In civil matters, he has successfully represented clients in both state and federal courts in legal disputes arising from contracts, land use, foreclosures, automobile accidents, collections, Lemon Laws, and other consumer protection statutes. As a former Guardian ad Litem for the Franklin County Courts, Mike is well versed in juvenile and family law. He...
Kendra L Carpenter
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Columbus, OH Family Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(614) 310-4135 2000 W. Henderson Road
P.O. Box 14293
Columbus, OH 43214
Free ConsultationFamily, Business and Divorce
Capital University Law School
We represent clients who have a need for immediate advice and concentrated service from experienced legal counsel. The firm’s partners and associates have all served as counsel in large national law firms and are focused on providing responsive and personalized legal services to every client, big or small. Most of our clients are referred by former clients, friends and colleagues in the national law firms, who trust our judgment and proven ability to ‘get the job done.’ Our areas of practice consist of litigation, trial work, and class action services, which has specifically included business litigation...
Carl Cottone Esq
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Westerville, OH Family Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(614) 395-8478 550 S Cleveland Avenue
Suite G
Westerville, OH 43081
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Divorce and Tax
Ms. Raenell Nagel
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Dublin, OH Family Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(614) 707-4663 39 West Bridge Street
Dublin, OH 43017
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Estate Planning and Probate
Boston University School of Law
Admitted to the Ohio Bar in 2012, Ms. Nagel has more than 20 years of relevant experience, including roles in a wide variety of non-profit organizations and government agencies. Committed to helping families through individualized estate planning, family law, and elder law services, particularly with respect to special needs trusts and charitable gifts, Raenell also serves the nonprofit and small business communities through expert and affordable legal services. In establishing a private practice, Nagel & Dougherty LLC, Ms. Nagel carefully chose her areas of focus in estate planning, elder law, and nonprofit and small business law to reflect...
Ralph Kerns Esq
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Worthington, OH Family Law Lawyer with 37 years experience
(614) 785-9420 885 High St
Suite 106
Worthington, OH 43085
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Estate Planning
Evan Engler
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Columbus, OH Family Law Attorney with 4 years experience
(614) 610-9988 7650 Rivers Edge Drive
Suite 100
Columbus, OH 43235
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
The University of Toledo College of Law
Thomas Mark McCash
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Dublin, OH Family Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(614) 408-8367 55 S High St
Dublin, OH 43017
Free ConsultationFamily, Administrative, Business and Construction
Capital University Law School
Anna Lynn Bates Esq
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Westerville, OH Family Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(614) 891-2410 827 Eastwind Drive
Westerville, OH 43081
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Capital University Law School
Lois Valerie Palau
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Delaware, OH Family Law Attorney with 30 years experience
(740) 363-0539 2 West Winter Street
Suite 207
Delaware, OH 43015
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Capital University Law School
Robert Armando Bracco Esq
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Columbus, OH Family Law Lawyer
(614) 442-1953 1170 Old Henderson Rd
Columbus, OH 43220
Family, Business, Divorce and Personal Injury
Capital University Law School
Craig James Blaine Esq
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Westerville, OH Family Law Attorney with 37 years experience
(614) 806-7722 1195 Hooverview Drive
Westerville, OH 43082
Family, Business, Divorce and Estate Planning
Michael A. Marrocco Esq
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Delaware, OH Family Law Attorney
(740) 362-4772 98 N. Union St.
Delaware, OH 43015
Family, Criminal and Divorce
Jesse R Mann
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Delaware, OH Family Law Attorney
(740) 777-4300 457 West Central Avenue
Delaware, OH 43015
Family
Jesse graduated from The University of Akron in 2001 with a degree in Fire Protection Technology. He graduated again in 2004 with degrees in the Arts and Emergency Management. In 2006 he received his Master's degree in Sociology and began work on his PhD. After much contemplation he decided to apply this background to the field of law and subsequently graduated from The Ohio State University in early 2009. Thereafter, Jesse has been drafting legislation and conducting legal research for members of the General Assembly. As a student and scholar Jesse has researched and published numerous articles about ways to reduce...
Gregory S. Pope Esq
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Westerville, OH Family Law Lawyer
(614) 891-9500 98 County Line Rd W
Suite A
Westerville, OH 43082
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Estate Planning
Jeffrey Allen Burkam
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Delaware, OH Family Law Lawyer
(740) 363-2600 43 E Central Ave
Delaware, OH 43015
Family, Business, Divorce and Estate Planning
Britani Galloway
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Columbus, OH Family Law Attorney
(614) 884-3878 1170 Old Henderson Road
Suite 109
Columbus, OH 43220
Family, Divorce and Juvenile
Jessica M Wood
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Columbus, OH Family Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(614) 567-3031 503 S. High St.
Ste 205
Columbus, OH 43215
Family and Divorce
Capital University Law School
Although admitted to the Ohio Bar in 2010, Ms. Wood already has over 12 years of experience working on Domestic Relations cases. She began working at Edward F. Whipps & Associates in 2003 as a Legal Assistant and joined the firm as a full Associate in 2010. In 2014 she and Chelsea Long ventured out to create Wood & Long, LLC. As the child of divorced parents, Ms. Wood takes pleasure in assisting families in reaching amicable resolutions, while understanding that such a result is not always possible. When not working in the practice of law,...
Ronald R. Petroff Esq
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Columbus, OH Family Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(614) 222-4288 140 E Town St
Columbus, OH 43215
Family, Appeals and Divorce
The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
Ronald R. Petroff was born in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated high school from the University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio. He attended Vanderbilt University as an undergraduate where he earned a bachelor’s degree and double majored in Political Science and American History. He graduated cum laude and was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Mr. Petroff then attended The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law where he earned a certificate in Alternate Dispute Resolution and was a member of the National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Team. Mr. Petroff also was a member of the National Trial...
William Geary Esq
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Columbus, OH Family Law Attorney with 40 years experience
(614) 228-1968 155 W Main St
Suite 101 Waterford Tower
Columbus, OH 43215
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Ohio Northern University
Our practice concentrates solely on family law matters involving divorce, dissolution, annulment, custody, civil protection orders, unwed parents, paternity, child support, spousal support, alimony, business valuation, psychological evaluation, separate property, inherited property, high value assets, and professional practice valuations with a significant number of out of state, multi state or intrastate and interstate issues including issues regarding moves of parents, and moving away. William Geary is admitted to the Ohio Bar, the bar for the Southern District of Ohio for Federal Court and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
Dennis E. Horvath Esq.
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Columbus, OH Family Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(614) 341-7775 250 Civic Center Drive
Suite 220
Columbus, OH 43215
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Capital University Law School
Dennis has been practicing law in Ohio since 2001, exclusively in Domestic Relations matters. Dennis handles cases in all areas of Family Law, including divorce, high asset divorce, complex divorce, dissolution, custody, child and spousal support, and prenuptial agreements.

Dennis has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for 2018 and 2019. Best Lawyers is the oldest and one of the most respected peer review publication in the legal profession. Recognition in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers.

Dennis has...
Jeffrey David Fish Esq
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Columbus, OH Family Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(614) 538-2901 3380 Tremont Road, # 110
Columbus, OH 43221
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Real Estate
Capital University
Jeffrey D. Fish has been providing legal services in Central Ohio since 1991. He is certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a specialist in Family Relations Law. His practice areas include family law (including adoption, child support, collaborative divorce, custody, dissolution, divorce, prenuptial agreements and visitation) as well as probate matters, and real estate law. He is a Past-President and current board member of the Central Ohio Academy of Collaborative Divorce Professionals, Inc. He has also had advanced training in interdisciplinary collaborative divorce.

Jeffrey D. Fish promotes collaborative divorce as a better way to terminate a marriage....
Robert Rockower Goldstein Esq
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Columbus, OH Family Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(614) 231-0003 2734 East Main Street
Columbus, OH 43209
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Estate Planning
The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
Attorney Robert Goldstein was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1983, Attorney Goldstein moved to Cleveland, Ohio, to attend Case Western Reserve University, where he served as Secretary of his fraternity, Zeta Beta Tau, and President of his class for his first two years of college. After earning his degree in Psychology, Attorney Goldstein worked a series of jobs ranging from computer consulting to selling fire extinguishers door-to-door, while he explored a career in stand-up comedy. Two years later, having not successfully earned his own late night talk show, Attorney Goldstein decided to pursue a...
Erika M. Smitherman
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Columbus, OH Family Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(614) 222-4288 140 E. Town Street
Suite 1070
Columbus, OH 43215
Family, Divorce and Juvenile
Capital University
Erika M. Smitherman was born in Norwalk, Ohio and graduated from Norwalk High School in 1993. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from The Ohio State University, with minors in both English and Philosophy. Ms. Smitherman remains active in the Ohio State Alumni Association. After graduating from Ohio State, Ms. Smitherman furthered her studies at Capital University Law School. After graduating from Capital in May 2000, she was sworn into the Ohio Bar in November 2000. ?Ms. Smitherman began employment at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office in the Consumer Protection Section and later, she simultaneously...
Jon Joseph Saia Esq
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Columbus, OH Family Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(614) 444-3036 713 South Front Street
Suite 100
Columbus, OH 43206
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Capital University Law School
Attorney Jon J. Saia is a founding lawyer at the Ohio firm, The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc. Mr. Saia is a member of the Delaware Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association, and the Ohio State Bar Association. With over 23 years of legal experience, Attorney Saia is highly qualified to take on even the most complicated criminal cases. If you would like to find out more about the benefits of working with Attorney Saia, do not wait to contact The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc.
Carol M. Strench
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Columbus, OH Family Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(614) 715-4710 175 South Third Street, Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43215
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Arizona State University
Strench Law provides reliable and affordable legal representation in all Ohio counties. Whether you have never been married, are currently married, or are divorced, Strench Law is here to guide you towards resolution of your family law matters.
Jennifer Adrienne Nielsen
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Columbus, OH Family Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(614) 505-5555 1675 Old Henderson Road
Columbus, OH 43220
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Ohio State University - Columbus
As a tough but compassionate attorney, I bring a unique set of skills to family law cases. I understand how difficult facing divorce, child custody disputes, or domestic violence can be, and am dedicated to providing each of my clients with zealous, caring representation throughout every stage of their case. I am committed to making myself available to address the needs of my clients and answer their questions, and will work hard for the most positive result in your case.
Dean Edward Hines Esq
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Columbus, OH Family Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(614) 228-2680 33 N. Third Street, Suite 400
Columbus, OH 43215
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
University of Cincinnati College of Law
Our firm provides representation in regards to: Family Law, Domestic Relations/juvenile matters, Federal and State taxation, and numerous civil related business matters. Our practice areas and philosophy are fully detailed in my website www.deanhines.com. We have offices in Dayton and Columbus, Ohio. Our firm serves all counties in Southwest and Central Ohio. We pride ourselves in providing aggressive and conscientious representation taking into account the needs and goals of our clients. I have a BV rating from Martindale Hubbell which is an attorney rating service in which you are graded by your peers. We are committed...
Roxi Ann Liming Esq
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Columbus, OH Family Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(614) 488-2053 1989 W 5th Ave # 14
Columbus, OH 43212
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Employment
Capital University
At Adams, Liming & Hockenberry, LLC, we look out for your future. Our attorneys meticulously assess your legal problems and then create practical solutions. We counsel individuals and small companies throughout Ohio on issues relating to employment law, immigration law and bankruptcy. We are a 100 percent female-owned firm dedicated to providing compassionate and caring representation when you encounter tough situations that require legal advice or representation.
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Dealing with family law issues?

Family law generally concerns domestic relations and family-related matters such as marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, adoptions, paternity, guardianships, domestic abuse, surrogacy, child custody, child abduction, the dissolution of marriage and associated issues. Each state has its own set of family laws, and traveling across state borders can sometimes affect your rights and those of your family.

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