Divorce Lawyer Northeast Ohio

Over 32 Years of Experience in Complex Divorce & Family-Related Litigation.

Akron Family Law Attorney

Slater & Zurz has been helping families in Akron, Ohio, and surrounding areas for over 32 years. We have successfully handled family law matters in Akron, Ohio. We know what you are going through and will fight for you every step of the way.

We want to help you resolve your family law matter quickly and painlessly. We understand that this is a difficult time, and we are here to support you every step of the way.

Our seasoned legal team has amassed an impressive record of success in handling a wide range of family law disputes. We are experienced negotiators who advocate relentlessly on our client’s behalf. Our family law lawyers will work hard to resolve your case outside of the courtroom but, if necessary, will utilize our extensive trial experience to reach a favorable resolution in court.

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If you need expert legal assistance in an Akron family law matter, we welcome you to contact our firm to arrange a consultation. One of our accomplished attorneys will listen to your situation, discuss your goals, and detail what they believe are the most effective strategies for reaching a successful outcome.

Akron, Ohio Family Law Cases We Handle

For over 30 years, we have helped clients resolve serious, sometimes highly contested family law matters. We always aim to keep the proceedings as simple and as amicable as possible for the sake of our clients and their families. Our family law attorneys successfully represented the goals and best interests of our clients in various family matters.

Counties we Practice Family Law

  • Ashland County
  • Carroll County
  • Columbiana County
  • Cuyahoga County
  • Geauga County
  • Lake County
  • Lorain County
  • Mahoning County
  • Medina County
  • Portage County
  • Richland County
  • Stark County
  • Summit County
  • Trumbull County
  • Tuscarawas County
  • Wayne County

Contested Divorce

When couples don’t see eye-to-eye during the divorce process, they are likely headed toward a contested divorce. The court may need to make the final judgment when two parties can’t reach an agreement on critical issues relating to the ending of their marriage, such as the division of assets or child custody matters. Contested divorces are typically costly, time-consuming, and lengthy, though hiring a knowledgeable divorce attorney can make the process easier and result in a more favorable resolution.

High Net Worth Divorce

High-net-worth divorces involve a substantial amount of assets and are, therefore, naturally more complicated. These assets can take on multiple forms, such as ownership rights to a business, multiple real estate properties, and several investment accounts. Dividing these assets can become a highly contested matter, requiring a skilled high-net-worth divorce attorney to facilitate the division fairly and equitably.

Dissolution of Marriage

A dissolution of marriage is a quick, simple, and less expensive way to end a marriage legally. When both parties agree to the terms of their separation agreement, they can file a petition for dissolution. The judge will ensure a fair agreement on all key matters and sign and file a judgment entry for divorce, legally ending the marriage. A dissolution is typically more streamlined than a divorce because much of the divorce process, such as negotiations and court involvement, is avoided.

Unlike many other states, Ohio law allows what is known as a “legal separation.” Although all of the relevant issues, such as financial issues and child custody, are addressed, the couple is still legally married. Couples choose legal separation for a variety of reasons, including religious beliefs or a desire to keep the family legally together for the sake of their children.

Property Division

One of the most complicated and contested issues in a divorce is the division of property. Both parties are highly concerned about how the property will be distributed and whether they will receive the assets they are entitled to. Although Ohio is an equitable distribution state, meaning the property acquired during the marriage is to be equally divided, many other factors come into play, such as whether the asset is considered marital property or personal property. An experienced attorney can work to quickly and amicably resolve issues relating to the division of property, making the divorce process much smoother.

Prenuptial Agreements

When a person who plans on marrying has substantial assets or has been through a previous divorce, it is common for them to seek a prenuptial agreement or “prenup.” This agreement is a contract between two people who plan to marry that addresses issues that arise in the event of a divorce or death, such as the division of assets and debts, spousal support, and expenses incurred during the marriage.

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Establishing paternity can be straightforward when both parents want to be involved in a child’s life. However, when a father denies paternity to avoid financial responsibility or a mother attempts to keep the father out of their child’s life, the issue can become challenging. A highly skilled attorney can help a father establish paternity and gain visitation and other legal rights or assist a mother in establishing paternity and seeking child support from the father.

Fathers’ Rights

Regardless of whether a father is divorced, separated, or unmarried, Ohio law grants a father certain rights regarding their child. Many fathers feel the courts favor the mothers in issues relating to child custody and support. However, an experienced family law attorney can fight to ensure a father’s rights are established, upheld, and maintained.

Grandparent Rights

Grandparents play an important role in their grandchildren’s lives. However, a variety of situations may require grandparents to seek legal assistance in obtaining visitation rights to see their grandchildren. In other cases, grandparents may need to step in and gain custody to protect their grandchildren’s well-being. A family law attorney can be a strong advocate for the grandparents’ rights and the well-being of the youngest members of their family.

Spousal Support

One of the most highly contested matters in a divorce is the issue of paying or receiving spousal support. Although many factors are considered when calculating spousal support, spouses often feel they are paying too much or not receiving enough. A family law attorney can look at all the facts and present them effectively to ensure an ex-spouse receives what they are entitled to and that an ex-spouse does not pay more than what is fair and required by law.

Child Custody

Custody and child visitation rights can cause major contention between two parents. Many times, an agreement can’t be reached, so the matter must be decided in court. Because of the complexity and emotional significance of custody and visitation issues, it is highly recommended that a parent seek legal guidance from a trusted and knowledgeable family law attorney; one who can provide thoughtful insight and employ an effective legal resolution.

Child Support and Child Support Modification

Both parents are responsible for providing financial support to their children, whether married, divorced, or never married. Courts take several factors into account when determining child support. By hiring a skilled family law attorney, the parent can be sure that their financial information is correctly represented to the court while also ensuring their child receives the financial support they need. An attorney can also help with a child support modification, which is often necessary when the financial needs of a child or a parent’s financial situation change significantly.


When parents are unwilling or unable to properly care for their child, an adult who is not the child’s parent may seek to take over that child’s care, supervision, and custody. Obtaining guardianship can be long and challenging, especially when one or both parents object. That is why it is essential to have an experienced family law attorney to ensure the process goes as smoothly and quickly as possible.

Speak with an Experienced Family Law Attorney in Akron, Ohio

The stakes are high when dealing with any family law issue. The seasoned attorneys at Slater & Zurz understand the outcome of your case will have a substantial, far-reaching impact on the lives of everyone in your family. Because we know how much is riding on your case’s result, our dedicated and compassionate family law attorneys will work tirelessly to obtain the best possible resolution that benefits you and your family. We will offer our heartfelt support and insightful guidance throughout the process and continue to be there whenever you need us, even after your case is resolved.

When you retain our assistance, you can rest assured, knowing your goals and priorities will be aggressively pursued. Our attorneys will put our knowledge, skills, and resources to work for you in every aspect of your case by determining the most effective strategy, resolving conflicts as they arise, negotiating with only your best interests in mind, and advocating firmly on your behalf in court if needed. With so much riding on the outcome of your family law matter, you need highly skilled legal representation. Our attorneys draw on over 100 years of collective experience to pursue every legal avenue to achieve your desired result. If you are faced with a family conflict, we highly recommend contacting our firm to schedule a confidential consultation. Call 330.762.0700 or contact us online to get started today.

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