Divorce Child Custody Proceedings

There are few things that bring as much fear and apprehension as contested, child custody proceedings. This is the case whether the parents are married and the proceedings are happening in Domestic Relations Court or if they are unmarried and the proceedings are taking place in the Juvenile Court. The trial court determining which parent gets custody of the child or children looks at a number of factors. These proceedings can take a significant amount of time. In the meantime, there are short-term considerations that need to be worked out, including where the child will live until the case is decided and what the other parent’s visitation schedule will be.

In resolving the case the client needs to decide whether they wish to have legal custody of the child, seek to enter into a shared parenting arrangement with the other parent, and what type of visitation schedule is desired. These are just a few of the many considerations that need to be made.

An experienced attorney can walk parents through the process. They can explain what factors the court looks to in making the decisions about custody and visitation, and they can help to gather evidence to present the case in the light most favorable to their client. Additionally, an experienced attorney can help facilitate a resolution of the case to the satisfaction of all parties whenever this is possible, saving the client time, money and unnecessary stress about an uncertain outcome.

Our attorneys have experience in resolving these cases and in trying these cases. Mr. Hooks handled a landmark custody case involving international law, as well as Ohio law when the first Hague Petition case was tried in Dayton, Ohio in 2008. His client ended up the victor and the child was allowed to remain with his father here in Ohio rather than be forced to move to Israel. The father was ultimately awarded custody of the minor child. Additionally, both Mr. Hooks and Mr. Deal have experience acting as a Guardian ad Litem in Juvenile Court where they are appointed by the Court to investigate custody disputes and make recommendations to the Court as to what situation may be in the child’s best interest. Both Mr. Deal and Mr. Hooks have tried numerous other cases involving custody disputes and obtained favorable outcomes for their clients in various courts throughout Southwest Ohio and the Miami Valley.

Our philosophy with custody proceedings is to discuss the matter thoroughly with our clients and to investigate the matter before giving our recommendation to the client. The client is involved in all aspects of their case. He or she will make the final decision regarding any settlement discussion, and will actively participate in trial strategy.

Domestic Violence – Civil Protection Order Hearings

Ohio law allows for people who are victims of domestic violence to obtain a civil protection order which requires the individual who committed the offense to have no contact with the victim for as long as five years. These orders can have other consequences as well. For example; a person may be barred from owning a firearm, going to establishments where the victim frequents, and if the two live together the person may be banned from his or her own house. Whether you are the victim or being accused of domestic violence you need effective representation to navigate you through the process. Unfortunately, while most claims are valid there are people who know the laws and try to work the system to their advantage so they claim domestic violence when there was none.

Our attorneys have been successful both in obtaining protection orders and in defending them. We have obtained orders following full hearings, and have negotiated consent agreements where the parties agree to have no contact with each other. Likewise, we have been successful when false allegations were made at defending individuals and dismissing the orders, and at minimizing the effects when our clients have committed acts of domestic violence.

Civil Litigation Attorney

If you are involved in a dispute, whether it involves a business, family member, stranger, friend, or neighbor, you should consider consulting with an attorney about your options and potential liabilities. An experienced attorney should be able to tell you about the law, and what your options are to resolve any disputes that exist. Likewise, that attorney should be able to tell you about any potential risks that you face as a result of your actions. He or she should be able to develop a strategy and help you to implement it to resolve the matter, and to prepare for trial if necessary.

Our attorneys have experience with a wide variety of cases. We have represented companies and individuals, and we have been successful at reaching resolutions before litigation, after litigation has commenced and following a trial. We will communicate with you and work with you on implementing your strategy for success. We will aggressively represent you while maintaining our objectivity to give you sound, professional, legal advice.

Business Litigation

If you have found yourself in a dispute, or if you wish to avoid finding yourself in that situation it is a good idea to consult with an experienced attorney who can advise you on how to handle some of the trickier matters. Your business can directly impact your individual livelihood if you are not careful. Our attorneys can help you to structure your business to shield you from individual liability, and if you find yourself in litigation we can help you to protect your business and your individual assets.

Our attorneys have experience in resolving business disputes, advising clients in the Miami Valley who own and operate small to mid-size businesses and litigating disputes over properties worth several million dollars. It is our style to be accessible to our clients and to promptly give good, sound and solid advice. Being litigators our attorneys know how to prepare for trial, but they have generally been successful in resolving the matters short of trial. They are willing to take the time needed to explain a good strategy for successfully handling any disputes and also discussing ways to avoid future problems.