As you know, lawyers love to get their hands on documents, papers, and court records of all kinds! The attorneys at Melissa Graham-Hurd & Associates, LLC, find documents can be very helpful tools from which to understand your situation. In so many cases, a person’s rights are determined by prior court documents more so than by the general Ohio and federal laws. Therefore, it is very important that you bring all the papers you have that are related to the situation that brings you to our office.
If you have questions about a domestic relations matter, meaning something that falls under the umbrella of “family law,” you should gather the following documents together and bring them in for the first appointment:
Any premarital/prenuptial agreements;
Any previous decrees of legal separation, divorce, or dissolution;
Any court orders for child support or parenting time (visitation);
Any court orders concerning parenting rights (custody);
Any documents related to the parentage of your children, if that has not been established by marriage or by the courts for never-married couples, including documents from the Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA);
Letters or administrative orders from the CSEA regarding child and spousal support (alimony) that is ongoing or in arrears;
If you have questions about a domestic violence situation, you should gather the following documents:
Copies of any protection orders in place, including the court order granting a TPO (Temporary Protection Order) or a CPO (Civil Protection Order), as well as any petitions or ex-parte orders filed previously;
Police reports filed by or against the opposing party;
Evidence in any form, especially pictures or text messages, related to the situation.
Melissa Graham-Hurd provides legal services for clients in Akron, Barberton, Bath, Canal Fulton, Canton, Clinton, Copley, Cuyahogo Falls, Fairlawn, Green, Hudson, Jackson Twp., Lakemore, Macedonia, Manchester, Massillon, North Canton, Norton, Peninsula, Richfield, Springfield Twp., Stow, Tallmadge, Twinsburg, Wadsworth, Wooster, Stark County, Summit County, Wayne County, and Medina County.