Our Lancaster, Ohio family law and domestic relations attorneys work in various practice areas such as divorce, dissolution, adoption, establishing and modifying child support, child visitation, parenting time, and custody.
Family lawyers and domestic relations attorneys provide legal advice, assistance, and support on a wide range of family-related issues. Our Lancaster, Ohio, family law attorneys are familiar with a wide range of situations. Daily, we see clients who face difficult and emotional circumstances and clients who are overjoyed to be welcoming a new family member into the home.
We guide our clients through the complicated court procedures from day one through the final hearing. With our team at your side, you are never left to figure things out on your own. While we can never eliminate the stress of a family legal issue, we can provide representation that eases the burden on our clients.
Below are some typical family law practice areas that our domestic relations attorneys can assist clients with:
(Please note that some list items may be linked to other pages to help further define a subject or answer frequently asked questions)
- Legal separation
- Child custody
- Shared parenting
- Child support
- Antenuptial agreements (commonly known as a prenuptial or prenup)
- Juvenile abuse
- Dependence actions
- Grandparent custody
- Child abuse
- Spousal support
- Property division
Do you have an issue that you can’t find on the list above? Of course, we welcome the challenge of an unusual Ohio family law question! Feel free to tell us about your unique legal situation using our Contact Form.
Regionally recognized among the best, Dagger Law’s Lancaster, Ohio Family law attorneys and domestic relations lawyers are here to help.
When you need a family lawyer, you need someone you can trust to protect you and your family. You want top-rated legal counsel with experience in the courtroom and someone who can help you reach your goals. At Dagger Law, the practice of domestic relations and family law that our Lancaster family court lawyers carry out is a regular part of our daily legal business. Still, no case is ever routine. We bring the experience you need to any legal services for your changing family circumstances.
In 2021, our family law practice averaged 27 new family law cases per month, with over 320 clients served per year. We know that each case has its unique character. Our legal team of Lancaster, Ohio-based family law attorneys can offer courtroom-tested solutions to even the most complex family law issue through our many years of experience.
Focusing on what matters makes a difference.
Our legal team believes that a lawyer who practices in family law should focus predominantly on that area of the law. The focused practice would also include closely related family law practice areas such as estate planning and litigation. You wouldn’t want to see a general practice physician for brain surgery, and you wouldn’t want a lawyer who concentrates on criminal defense when you need help with a shared parenting agreement.
We encourage our attorneys to focus on a particular practice area and to become skilled lawyers within their area of focus. We firmly believe that specialized areas of focus from each of our attorneys results in the most well-rounded services for our clients. When you choose a domestic relations attorney from Dagger Law, you’re choosing the Lancaster, Ohio, family law attorney that possesses a unique set of skills in this specialized area.
Focused experience has resulted in one of our family lawyers attaining specialized credentials and recognition among their peers for their domestic relations efforts. Attorney Norman J. Ogilvie holds certifications above and beyond his license to practice law. He is a certified specialist in family relations law and is a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
A variety of organizations recognize Dagger Law’s Family Law practice for excellence in the following:
- Columbus CEO Magazine, 5th largest Family Law Firm in the Columbus Region – 2021
- U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms – Tier 1 rated in Family Law
- Columbus Business First Ranked Largest Family Law Practices in Central Ohio – 2021
- Columbus Business First, Ranked 13thLargest Family Law Practices in Central Ohio– 2019
- Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – Norman J. Ogilvie
- Ohio State Bar Association Board Certified Specialist in Family Law – Norman J. Ogilvie
- Super Lawyers Awards – Norman J. Ogilvie (2004-2019), Alyssa L. Parrott (Rising Star, 2019)
- George D. Martin Professionalism Award, 2018 – Norman J. Ogilvie, recipient
- 2015 Central Ohio Lawyers of the Year – Norman J. Ogilvie, recipient
Q: Will your Lancaster, Ohio family law attorney travel to me?
A: Although some matters will require an in-office meeting, our team of domestic relations attorneys in Lancaster do our best to minimize travel for our clients. To support that effort, we have two office locations, one in Lancaster, Ohio and one in Canal Winchester, Ohio. In our effort to minimize disruption of your life with various meetings, the bulk of our communication will be via email or phone. Our team is here to help you navigate through this situation and we understand that circumstances may arise in which you are unable to reach us; in that event, our family lawyers from Lancaster or Canal Winchester will travel to you.
If you retain a Dagger Law domestic relations lawyer from Lancaster or Canal Winchester, they will travel within the state to court hearings and procedures to represent you. If an excess amount of travel and travel expenses are required for our Lancaster, Ohio family attorneys to represent your case, we may recommend legal counsel that is closer to your location. We are able to provide referrals in these instances if we are able.
We proudly serve the following communities throughout Central and Southeastern Ohio:
- Fairfield County
- Franklin County
- Hocking County
- Licking County
- Pickaway County
- Baltimore, Ohio
- Buckeye Lake, Ohio
- Canal Winchester, Ohio
- Circleville, Ohio
- Greater Columbus Ohio Area
- Lancaster, Ohio
- Logan, Ohio
- Newark, Ohio
- Other locations nearby
Check out the nearest location to you by clicking on Our Locations Page.
How can I check the status of my family law and domestic relations matters?
First and foremost, we encourage you to communicate with your attorney, and their legal assistant or paralegal, for updates regarding your particular matter. Frequent conversations will provide you with the most recent and up-to-date information. Speaking with your attorney will allow you to ask questions to understand your case’s progress. Regular contact with your Lancaster domestic relations attorney will also provide opportunities to give your legal team any new information that your attorney might need to know.
Assuming your question is about filing status or other necessary information, you can follow our step-by-step guide. This guide addresses the following courthouses: Fairfield County Domestic Relations Court (located at the Court of Common Pleas), Perry County Court of Common Pleas, and Hocking County Court of Common Pleas. You can find the guide by following this link: Domestic Relations Court Information Guide.
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FAQ for Ohio Family Law Questions:
Q: What qualifies a lawyer to be a specialist?
A: While the term “specialist” seems like an excellent way to describe an intense focus on an area of law, this has a very particular meaning within the legal field. Specialists meet detailed training, evaluation, years of experience, and time engaged in a specific practice area to obtain the Ohio State Bar Association’s specialist credentials. These credentials exist in one of eleven practice areas, including:
- Administrative Agency Law
- Appellate Law
- Elder Law
- Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law
- Family Relations Law
- Federal Tax Law
- Insurance Coverage Law
- Labor and Employment Law
- Real Property – Business, Commercial, and Industrial Law
- Real Property – Residential Law
- Workers’ Compensation Law
A lawyer can have a wealth of experience and a focus on one area of the law without taking the extra steps to be certified as a specialist. Likewise, a specialist in one area of the law may spend time practicing in other areas as well. We are proud of those attorneys at law who have obtained their certified specialist title. However, knowing that this may not be the most crucial factor when hiring a domestic relations lawyer in Lancaster, Ohio is essential. Make sure to do your research before assuming a specialist is needed or is the best solution for your situation.
Q: I wanted to retain your services, but your firm declined due to a conflict of interest. What does that mean?
A: In Ohio law, an attorney has a duty to provide effective counsel to a client. Clearly, “effective” doesn’t mean that the client gets a specific desired outcome. However, it indicates that the legal representation was competent. If an attorney has represented an opposing party, there can be a conflict of interest. Therefore, a conflict of interest exists for any past representation. Likewise, conflicts also exist if the attorney intends to represent an opposing party in the future.
Conflicts of interest create a serious risk that a lawyer’s action on behalf of one party may impact representation for another party. For example, potential conflicts are why an attorney cannot represent both spouses in a divorce. While there are some grey areas, most attorneys will wisely steer away from even a hint of engaging in a conflict of interest. After all, it is easier to avoid it than to argue that there was no conflict.
Q: Does hiring the best family law attorney require that I pay more?
A: Terms like “best attorney” are subjective. How would anyone judge that? Is there a contest for lawyers? To us, getting the best attorney is the one who can do the job effectively, efficiently, and advocate for you. Efficiency saves you both time and money and ultimately makes experienced attorneys an affordable option. Certainly, nobody wants to be stuck living through a legal matter for over six months, let alone years.
While the client controls many legal process delays, your lawyer also plays a role. As a result, experience can allow an attorney to quickly move past the research and planning phase into action on your legal issue. Situations like this explain why a higher hourly rate may still be affordable. At Dagger Law, we are proud to have two Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialists. Whether your family law case is complicated or straightforward, we can still offer efficient and effective representation. Indeed, our Lancaster-based domestic relations attorneys save you money and move you quickly through the legal process.
Q: Why do you ask for a retainer?
A: Retainer fees are collected so that our family law attorneys have an operating fund with which to represent you. This money covers the cost associated with filing fees, paying for an attorney to write motions on your behalf, and even complex legal research costs. Some legal proceedings can take a long time. We don’t want to drag out that process by waiting for money to pay for necessary expenses associated with almost any legal case.
Our law firm will present you with an itemized account of how we spend retainer funds. We believe in being good stewards of your resources. Your family law attorney will keep detailed records of how they spend time on your case, which is standard practice. While it doesn’t often happen, we will refund the unused portion if we can complete your case without using all of your retainer fees. It is more usual that divorce cases cost more than the original retainer. If this is the case, additional retainer fees are collected, or we will provide you with a billing statement on a month-to-month basis.
Q: How can I pay for my family or domestic law matter?
A: First, we are sympathetic that some family law matters can be expensive. Because we understand this, we try to be flexible in how we accept payment. For instance, we take cash, checks, money orders, and all major credit cards. Furthermore, in some unique situations, we may arrange payment plans. Also, many lenders offer loans to cover legal fees. Lastly, you may want to consider borrowing money from a family member or friend.
Contact Our Lancaster, Ohio Domestic Relations Lawyers Today
If you’re in need of services, whether it’s for a divorce, adoption, dissolution, or more, our team of Lancaster, Ohio, family law attorneys is here to help.