Board-Certified Family Law Specialist For Your Divorce

When people think of ending their marriage, they usually jump immediately to divorce. The fact is, divorce is one of several options for people in Ohio when ending a marriage. Under the law, marriage is a contract involving the state. As such, divorce is a legal dissolution of that contract through the courts. But for many people, ending the legal contract isn't necessary — at least not yet; they just need to end the marital relationship. For them, there are options such as legal separation and annulment, under the right circumstances.

Divorce — Why Is It Important To Hire A Certified Family Law Specialist?

If you are like most people, though, you are probably looking for a divorce attorney to help you end your marriage. Let me introduce myself: I am Ohio certified family law specialist* Susan Pucci, Attorney at Law, in Canton. That means I am a licensed attorney who has earned the "specialist" designation by focusing exclusively on Ohio divorce and family law for many years. In short, I do one thing, and I have earned the right to say that I do it well. (In fact, I am one of only two certified family law specialists currently active in Stark County.) It also means I have taken the time to attend continuing education classes and lead seminars in divorce and family law matters.

The Three Legs Of The Divorce Stool

Divorce typically has three primary components. Some divorcing couples will face all three issues; many will face just two and a handful will face only one.

The three main components include:

Within each of these areas lies a potential minefield of costly and emotional litigation. If divorcing spouses decide that fighting over the silverware is a matter of pride, divorce litigation can be extremely expensive. I've been involved in some of these battles, and I don't think they are in anybody's best interests — including the lawyers'. If there are some disputes worth fighting about, I will be the strongest advocate you can find, with my reputation and specialist certification backing up your case every step.

Fight If We Must, Common-Sense Solutions Whenever Possible

But I will also be an advocate for guiding you through the process using common-sense approaches to protecting your rights and interests. The fact is, nobody gets everything they expect and want out of divorce. Ohio family law courts just don't work that way, no matter how much your spouse is to blame. Together, we'll work out a strategy to protect your financial interests and your future, always bearing in mind that the end goal is a new future, not to destroy your spouse.

Other Ways To Dissolve Your Marriage

If you are not ready to legally end your marriage, there are other options I am prepared to help you through, including legal separation and annulment.

  • Legal separation is an excellent opportunity to put a settlement agreement in place regarding who lives in the house, visitation schedule for the kids and even spousal maintenance while you decide whether divorce is the right option. The separation agreement doesn't have to remain permanent if you decide to divorce, as many changes can be made that address the needs of both parties.
  • Annulments may only be made under specific circumstances. If you feel you qualify for an annulment, start by discussing your situation.

Contact Information

Call my offices in Canton at 330-497-1300, or contact me by email to arrange an initial consultation to discuss your marriage dissolution needs. Let me show you why it is important to have an attorney you can trust at this critical time in your life.

*Certified by the Ohio State Bar Association Board Of Legal Specialization