Domestic Relations

The area of law called Domestic Relations or Family Law involves the termination of a marriage in Ohio. Domestic Relations also encompasses family law matters such as child custody and child support. The Domestic Relations Court is where you typically go to legally end a marriage.

Divorce, Dissolution and Legal Separation

Under Ohio Family Law, a legal marriage can be terminated or suspended in three different ways: Divorce, Dissolution or Legal Separation. Our divorce and custody lawyers handle that type of case on a regular basis in Portage and Summit Counties.

  • In general, a divorce applies when the parties are unable to agree upon the terms relating to ending the marriage.
  • A dissolution may be appropriate if the parties can agree upon all the terms necessary to end the marriage.
  • A separation agreement is a contractual arrangement between the husband and wife which settles all of the issues relative to the marriage and can later be converted into a divorce action if either of the parties so chooses. A legal separation does not seek termination of the marriage, but rather allows one spouse to live separate and apart from the other, and at the same time resolves all the issues.

Family and Domestic Relations Lawyers in Portage and Summit County

Our firm handles matters in every area of Family Law & Domestic Relations and represents clients in Portage County and Summit County.

Attorney Heather Johnston practices in the field of Family Law & Domestic Relations and can assist you in determining your best course of action in all family law cases such as divorce and custody in Portage and Summit Counties. Our divorce and custody lawyers are sympathetic listeners and tough negotiators. They can give you a realistic evaluation of your situation and guide you through every step of the domestic relations court process.

In Portage County, the Domestic Relations Court is located in the Portage County Courthouse at 203 West Main Street in downtown Ravenna, on the second floor.

In Summit County, the Domestic Relations Court is located in the new Summit County Courthouse Addition at 205 South High Street in downtown Akron.

Portage County Divorce Lawyer Heather Johnston

Whatever your circumstances, the consequences of domestic relations cases are long-lasting. The process can be frustrating and confusing. Our divorce and custody lawyers can help.

Our family law attorneys can help you protect your interests and obtain the best solution for you. Contact us now for a free, no-obligation consultation at (330) 296-8000 in Ravenna or (330) 686-2890 in Stow.


The website is designed for general information only. Any information on this site is not to be construed as formal legal advice from a criminal defense lawyer, a DUI lawyer, a family law lawyer or wills, probate, trusts and estate planning lawyer, nor formation of a lawyer/client relationship. Persons accessing this site are encouraged to seek personal advice regarding their individual legal issues.

The attorneys in our law firm primarily service Portage County courts (Ravenna and Kent), and Summit County courts (Akron, Stow, Barberton). Cases in all other courts in North East Ohio, including Cuyahoga County courts (Cleveland, Garfield Heights, Bedford, Parma, Rocky River etc...) are handled under specific terms and conditions.