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DIVORCE AND DISSOLUTION – “Amicable if Possible, Assertive if Necessary”
Our family law lawyers in Columbus, Ohio help you find the simplest, most efficient, and respectful way to end a marriage in even the most complicated and complex situations.Read More
CHILD CUSTODY – “Where Children Matter Most”
Our child custody lawyers in Central Ohio will minimize the impact of divorce, dissolution, or custody disputes on your children. We will help you find the best possible outcome while keeping in mind the children’s emotional and personal needs.Read More
PSYCHOLOGY & DIVORCE—“Better Understanding of Psychological Factors”
In every marriage separation case, understanding the psychological factors that are at play is an essential element in formulating strategy. Doing so can save you time and money, minimize your frustration, and help obtain better results.Read More
SPOUSAL SUPPORT (Alimony) – “Let Uncle Sam Help”
Our Ohio divorce attorneys will guide you through this complex process with our solid education and extensive experience. We understand the application of all factors related to spousal support.Read More
CHILD SUPPORT – “Focus on the Needs of Children”
Our marriage separation lawyers in Columbus, Ohio find ways to assure your child’s needs are adequately met while balancing the parents’ ability to provide support.Read More
SECOND OPINIONS – “Is There a Better Way?”
Our family law attorneys provide you with a confidential, in-depth consultation and perspective about the family law matters affecting you. We use principles of psychology to place the best interests of our clients and their children first.Read More
The end of a marriage is difficult for everyone, but a capable and understanding attorney can alleviate the burden on you and your family. Our experienced attorneys, with offices conveniently located in Columbus and Dublin within Franklin County, advocates for you to get through separation as smoothly and painlessly as possible. With extensive backgrounds in both psychology and Parenting right law, our marriage dissolution lawyers in central Ohio can help your family minimize any negative impact of marriage separation on your children. Our legal team works in a broad range of practice areas that include:
A seasoned law firm with over 30 years of experience, Edward F. Whipps and Associates successfully represents Central Ohio families like yours in all types of cases. With our background in psychology, we understand the unique circumstances of every individual and every marriage separation. We work with you to determine a personalized strategy based on your needs and priorities. If a child or children are involved in the divorce, our Franklin County lawyers prioritize what is best for them in pursuing child custody or child support agreements.
Our lawyers team places the well-being of children above all else. We advocate for the best child custody agreement for the children, whether that is shared parenting or sole custody. We also consider the benefits of grandparent rights. By calling upon both our extensive experience in marital dissolution and the impact of psychological factors on a divorce case, we are better able to advocate for the children’s needs.
Our law firm finds the best process for you to end your marriage in dignity. If you and your separating spouse agree on issues like child custody and property division, we can guide you through an uncontested divorce. If you want to avoid litigation, we can represent you in a collaborative law process. We also offer other options including mediation and binding arbitration. As always, the needs of the children and your unique circumstances determine which method we employ to dissolve your marriage.
Mr. Whipps started practicing law in 1961. He founded Edward F. Whipps and Associates in 1992. With a background in psychology, he approaches divorce and family law with a unique perspective. Mr. Whipps is an active member of the Ohio and Columbus Bar community. When a client approaches Mr Whipps, Columbus Ohio divorce lawyer he makes sure to give them a comfortable environment in their very first visit to understand their needs.
At Edward F. Whipps and Associates, we live and work by the philosophy that everyone matters, and children matter most. A good family law firm depends upon experience, the prioritization of children, and an understanding of relevant psychological factors. Our lawyers offer all of that and more to our clients. Keep reading to learn more about our family law practice areas.
In Ohio, a marriage can legally end by one of two methods: divorce or dissolution. In a dissolution, both parties much agree on every aspect of their case. When both parties are unable to agree on all aspects of ending their marriage, such as property division or child custody, a divorce is necessary. Even with a divorce instead of a dissolution, mutually amicable solutions are possible.
At Edward F. Whipps and Associates, we prioritize the well-being of any children involved in a divorce case above all else. For divorcing parents, there are many potential child custody and parenting options available. Depending on the circumstances, shared custody and sole custody are both possibilities, as is grandparent visitation.
In every divorce case, understanding any potential psychological factors is an essential element to a legal strategy. If one of the parties has a psychological disorder, the case must be handled differently. Similarly, if any children involved have a psychological disorder, this will affect a custody agreement and parenting time strategy.
Child support is an important factor in prioritizing the well-being of any children involved in divorce. The factors regarding child support can be complicated. Throughout the years, circumstances can change, causing a need to modify a child support order.
Formerly known as alimony, spousal support is paid by one spouse to another. The factors affecting spousal support include: length of marriage, disparity of income, effect of cohabitation, and vocational evaluations.
Under Ohio law, certain statutes and case law already apply to unmarried parents, same-sex couples, and assisted reproduction. Laws regarding non-traditional families are complicated, but at Edward F. Whipps and Associates, we believe that everyone matters, and children matter most.
Signing a divorce decree obligates you and your former spouse to fulfill each of the agreed-upon conditions. While circumstances may make minor, occasional, and unintentional violations unavoidable and forgivable, resolving long-term problems requires going back to court to compel compliance. Three reasons you may need to enforce a divorce decree are when your previous partner: […]
In any divorce, finances and property division can get ugly—especially if one person makes more than the other. It’s risky to assume your retirement assets are secure when you divorce, and you won’t realize how much you stand to lose until it’s too late. Central Ohio divorce lawyers can advise you on what to do […]
The services of Edward F. Whipps & Associates made me feel welcome and like they were family looking out for me … yes, they were that good. My experience was exceptional. They really put you first. A+Nick Basenback
I knew where the case was standing at all times. I felt like I was important to them. My overall experience was excellent. I would refer this firm in a heartbeat.A.S.
I came to Edward F. Whipps & Associates on the advice of a partner in one of the largest law firms in Columbus. I had told him to recommend the best divorce lawyer he knew and he suggested Ed. I was very impressed with our initial consultation and his strategy for the case.John Fraim
Being awarded custody of our minor child was one of the most important moments of my life. Our child has been able to grow and develop over the last 13 years in the best environment for her. Because of the work Ed did, our daughter has been raised in a loving and caring environment. Ed has been a lifesaver to our family – it’s rare for a father of a one year old to be awarded custody but it happened.T.M.
The outcome of my case greatly affected the life of my daughter. She gets to see both her parents an equal amount of time. She is not exposed to silence, resentment, arguing, or any negative aspects of an unhealthy relationship. She gets to still live in the same house where she was born, sleep in the same bedroom, and play with the same neighborhood children. The quality of her life increased exponentially due to the outcome of my case.Erik Shuey