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Divorce and Separation

Family Law and Divorce Lawyer in Cleveland, Ohio and Cuyahoga County

Over Twenty-Five Years of Experience Handling Divorce and Separation Matters

When you are going through the process of ending or dissolving a marriage, you want an experienced attorney to guide you with the right decisions. Oftentimes, negotiated agreements regarding child custody and visitation, support and property settlements can be in everyone's best interests by minimizing stress and helping the parties work together over a long period of time while their children are growing. However, in other instances, litigation may be the only way to get the support that you need to establish your new life. That's why you need an Ohio divorce attorney who knows when you should settle and when you should pursue your case through divorce and family law courts.

A Commitment to Clients and Personal Service

At the law offices of Ellen S. Mandell, I bring extensive experience to men and women who have concerns involving divorce or separation. Over the last three decades, I have built a successful practice based on a commitment to personal service, earning a reputation among my peers and former clients as an honest and trustworthy advocate. As your attorney, your needs and interests will always be my priority. Contact me by e-mail or call 216-771-7080 to schedule a free initial consultation.

A Measured Approach to Family Law

Because I know from experience the emotional and financial toll that a dissolution or divorce litigation can take on families —especially children— I encourage clients to resolve family law disputes through negotiation or mediation, whenever its possible. I recognize, however, that some issues simply cannot be resolved by agreement. When necessary, I will aggressively litigate your case to protect your interests.

Placing the Welfare of the Child First

In my practice, I place special emphasis on the needs of children in divorce and separation proceedings. This is particularly important when dealing with family court judges in the State of Ohio (in domestoc realtions courts and juvenile courts), as the law mandates that well-being of children always outweighs parental considerations. I serve as a guardian ad litem in the domestic relations court and know firsthand the difficulties many children face in divorce proceedings. I counsel clients to always consider the needs of their children first and I have employed experts in medicine, education, and psychology to demonstrate the best interests of minor children.

My Collaborative Law Approach

My preference with all clients is to take a collaborative approach to the resolution of divorce and family law matters. In the collaborative approach, both parties agree to resolve disputes without the intervention of the judge and the courts. The parties are represented by counsel, but when necessary, they jointly employ experts, including child psychologists and financial planners, to formulate solutions regarding child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support and the equitable distribution of debts and assets. By approaching the problem in this manner, the process moves faster, and family resources can be preserved and potential problems going forward can be avoided.

Whether you are seeking a divorce, dissolution of marriage, legal separation, or child custody where there has not been a marriage, or if you are seeking a modification to an existing child custody agreement, you are going to need legal representation from a trusted, experienced Ohio family law attorney. To arrange a free consultation to discuss your divorce or legal separation issues, contact me by e-mail or call 216-771-7080. My offices are located across from the Terminal Tower in downtown Cleveland, with ample parking nearby. All meetings are by appointment.