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Your divorce will take six months to a year to be resolved. During that time, Ohio family law judges expect you and your ex-spouse to work hard to negotiate a fair settlement.

At our firm, we understand that the dust may not have settled yet and you may be angry. That's why we will take the time to give you a free, full evaluation of your situation and help you see how the courts will view your initial proposals.

We are skilled, experienced negotiators who know the courts and procedures throughout Dayton and surrounding areas.

We will help you find common-sense solutions that are best for your family's new future. If a trial becomes necessary, you will have an experienced trial attorney fighting for your side.

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We can help you finalize any type of adoption in Ohio, including:

Stepparent or other family adoptions: This is permitted after six months of marriage with the biological parent's consent, or after one year of the biological parent failing to support or remain in contact with the child. Grandparents or other relatives who are looking to adopt a child will follow a similar process to stepparent adoption.

Open adoptions: Adoptive parents have the ability to meet with a child's biological parents, who might continue to have a small role in the child's life. The biological parents' legal rights to parentage will be terminated upon completion of the adoption process.

Closed adoptions: Closed adoptions typically take place through the Ohio Department of Family and Protective services and are completely anonymous.

International adoptions: Some countries allow Americans to adopt children from within their borders. There are many issues that must be addressed, including the ability to immigrate the child to America.

Having an attorney on your side is a must during any international adoption.

We are excited at the opportunity to help you add a new child to your family.

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Mediation is a non-adversarial process option.

For divorce matters, a mediator is usually an attorney who acts as a neutral facilitator who helps the couple identify and resolve the issues facing them.

It is important to note that a mediator does not make the decisions for the couple as it is unethical for a mediator to provide legal advice. Instead, a mediator helps each party fully understand the position of the other party.

Generally, mediators can be most helpful where the issues between the parties are somewhat limited in scope and where significant power imbalances do not exist between the spouses.

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Collaborative divorce is a non-adversarial process option.

In a collaborative divorce process, each spouse has his or her own attorney to guide that spouse every step of the way.

In addition, many collaborative divorce processes make available to both parties professional guidance from other collaboratively trained, neutral professionals known as coaches, financial neutrals, and child specialists.

The goal of the collaborative professional team is to create an environment which mitigates any historical imbalance of power and ensures that both parties have the same information and same unrestricted access to the neutrals on the professional team.

In this way, both parties are able to make a voluntary, well-informed, educated decision to enter into a mutually acceptable and durable resolution.

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Ohio law requires the equitable distribution of all marital property. Marital property encompasses everything that is owned by both or either of the spouses during the marriage.

This can include real estate, personal property, retirement accounts and pensions. The only property that is not marital property is property inherited by one spouse, or any property that was brought into the marriage by one of the parties.

You will have to be able to prove to the court's satisfaction that separate property is indeed separate.

When determining which spouse gets what item, courts look into a number of factors. These include:

-The length of the marriage

-The assets and liabilities of the spouses

-The desirability of awarding the family home to the spouse with custody of the children of the marriage

-The liquidity of the marital property

-Whether it is desirable for a martial asset to remain intact

-The tax consequences of the property division

In situations where you and/or your spouse own a business, we will enlist the help of experts to properly determine the value of the business.

Attorney Helen Wallace is an expert at finding creative solutions to accomplish your goals in the property division process.

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At the Law Office of Helen Wallace, we provide representation to prospective adoptive parents and birth parents in all types of adoptions.

Whether you are considering adoption of a child you know, a domestic adoption, or an international adoption, we can help you reach your goal of building a safe, forever family.

We assist with every type of adoption and adoption-related matter in Ohio, across the U.S. and abroad, including:

Attorney-arranged adoptions
Adoption tax credits
Domestic and interstate adoptions and ICPC compliance
Private-placement infant adoption
Agency-assisted adoptions
Adoption of older kids or from foster care
Adoption of children with special needs
Grandparent, relative and step-parent adoptions
International adoptions and Hague Convention cases
Adoption for single parents
Adoption and guardianship for same-sex couples
Adult adoption
American citizenship and immigration approval for foreign-born children
Dossier preparation and authentication
Guardianship and re-adoption
Preparation of legal birth certificates

At The Law Office Of Helen Wallace, you can be assured that our firm is up to date on U.S. adoption law, as well as the changing conditions for adoption worldwide.

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The amount of child support owed by a parent depends on a variety of factors. 

Ohio employs child support guidelines to determine support.

Depending on the number of children, income, and parenting arrangements you have, the child support amounts vary considerably.

Figuring in your income and time spent with your child, the court will assess a pro rated share of child support obligations.

The law in Ohio allows for deviations from the child support guidelines under certain circumstances.

The court will award more or less support if you show special needs of your child, excessive obligations for a second family, living standards afforded your child if the marriage would have continued, and other factors.

Attorney Helen Wallace will petition the court for a deviation from the child support guidelines when deemed appropriate.

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Ohio’s adoption laws allow a past, present, and future adopted person easier access to her adoption record, including her birth parents’ social and medical history records.

The laws also allow the Ohio Department of Health to release the county in which the final decree of adoption was ordered for the purpose of obtaining the adoptees birth parents’ location.

Additionally, an adopted person will be able to ask her birth parents questions through the Ohio Department of Health.

Contact Helen Wallace for any questions you may have in regard to this law. 

We can help you!

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Child custody, now known as “Allocation of Parental Rights and Responsibilities,” is often the most contentious part of any divorce matter.

Even parents who have never married often find themselves embroiled in bitter custody battles. We focus first and always on the needs and best interests of the children involved in our cases and can advise parents accordingly.

Helen Wallace and her team work with a network of professionals and other experts who will assist in achieving the best results in a parenting disputes.

We work hard to see that our clients’ rights are protected whether dealing with establishment of a support order or a modification of an existing order.

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A Prenuptial Agreement is a contract entered into by a couple in contemplation of marriage.

Such agreements generally address property issues in the event of divorce or death, but can include other matters as well, including spousal support upon separation, and separating future asset growth from the marital estate.

Attorney Helen Wallace can draft a prenuptial agreement that will meet your needs and will comply with all legal requirements.

A prenuptial agreement can be used as a way to protect the inheritance of children from a prior marriage or relationship and/or to protect the assets of a spouse who brings substantially greater property to the marriage.  

A prenuptial agreement can identify and clarify each party's separate property so that, in the event of divorce or other litigation, the separate nature of the property need not be proven in court.

A prenuptial agreement can also limit a spouse's right to the other spouse's premarital property upon his or her death.  Conversely, a prenuptial agreement can help insure that a spouse is taken care of in a particular way if the parties separate.  

Helen Wallace can help you identify what concerns you want to address and will draft a prenuptial agreement that reflects your choices and protects your interests.

A prenuptial agreement requires a couple to focus on estate planning and to make important joint decisions. Couples who have children from prior relationships are encouraged to discuss what property will be shared and what property will be considered "separate property" upon the death of either spouse.

Couples should also determine whether life insurance should be purchased to provide for their spouse or their children.

Attorney Helen Wallace assists couples in understanding their options and making important joint decisions that will provide for their family throughout their life and upon their death.

She can assist you in drafting a prenuptial agreement tailored to your needs as well as compatible wills, trusts, and other estate planning documents.

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