Karen H. Wentworth, Attorney at Law, is an attorney with 30 years of legal experience. She handles all aspects of family law, including divorces, dissolutions, legal separations, child support cases, adoptions, and custody matters. Ms. Wentworth has handled hundreds of cases and is a skilled litigator. The law firm is conveniently located across the street from the Courthouse on the south side of the square in Newark, Ohio.
The goal of our law firm is to provide clients with competent legal services to help them achieve the best possible results. Personal service is a hallmark of our practice. Karen H. Wentworth, Attorney at Law, works closely with each client to determine the most effective way to achieve his or her goals.
Our Family Law Services
We provide legal representation to men and women throughout Central Ohio, including Licking County, Knox County, Fairfield County and surrounding areas. Our Family Law services include:
In Ohio, you may terminate your marriage by divorce or dissolution. Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of each, will help you to make the right decision about which avenue to take. There are specific requirements for filing a divorce. For example, one of the divorcing parties must be a resident of Ohio for at least six months and a resident of the county where they plan to file for divorce for at least ninety days immediately preceding the filing of the divorce complaint. To obtain a divorce in Ohio, you also must have the proper grounds. Grounds for divorce include: incompatibility (unless denied by either party), gross neglect of duty, adultery, living separate and apart without cohabitating for one year, fraud, and habitual drunkenness. If you have questions about obtaining a divorce, a dissolution or a legal separation, contact us for a consultation and we will explain your options to you.
At our firm, we often represent clients with high-value assets in complex divorce cases. If necessary, we use outside professionals to value business interests and to evaluate assets.
Collaborative law is an approach to settling divorce related issues without going to court. The parties work collaboratively with their respective attorneys and other professionals, such as financial or mental health experts, to reach a mutual agreement. We can guide you through this process and protect your interests throughout your collaborative divorce.
We assist clients with spousal support issues, including advising clients about new trends and changes to the Ohio spousal support laws.
In Ohio, there are two types of child custody: sole custody and shared parenting. Sole custody means that one parent is designated as the sole residential parent and may make decisions regarding the child’s care. The term “shared parenting” means that both parents are the legal custodians of the child and both are deemed to be the “residential parents” of the child. When parents have a shared parenting arrangement, they will make joint decisions concerning their child’s care. The way the shared parenting arrangement works will depend on the terms set forth in their shared parenting plan. When you contact our office for a consultation, we can help you achieve a custody plan that will work well for you and your family. With 30 years of legal experience, Karen H. Wentworth is well versed in Ohio child custody laws and can provide you with the guidance you need.
In Ohio, if an unmarried couple has a child, the mother is deemed to be the residential parent of the child. If the father wishes to establish his rights with the child, he may need to file a paternity action. We can assist parents through this process.
We have significant experience in performing child support calculations under the Ohio Child Support Guidelines. To assist you, we can prepare a child support worksheet to let you know in advance how much child support you can expect to pay or receive in your case. If your financial situation has changed and you need to modify the amount of child support you are required to pay, a motion to modify child support may be appropriate. Contact our office and we can assist you.
If you are concerned that the other parent may relocate your child to another state, we can assist you in obtaining temporary restraining orders to prevent the relocation until the matter can be properly reviewed by the Court.
No person should have to stay in an abusive relationship. If you are the victim of domestic abuse and need a lawyer to file a petition for a civil protection order on your behalf or on behalf of your children, we can help. We also represent with equal diligence clients who have had civil protection orders issued against them and seek to have them dismissed or modified.
Our firm advocates for the rights of grandparents who wish to be involved in the lives of their grandchildren.
Prenuptial (Antenuptial) Agreements:
Before you enter into a marital relationship, it is helpful to consult with an attorney. An attorney can prepare an antenuptial agreement to help protect your assets in the event of a divorce.
If you are interested in adopting a child, let us help you with the process. We handle all types of adoptions, including private adoptions, step parent adoptions, grandparent adoptions and agency adoptions.
To speak with Attorney Karen H. Wentworth or to schedule a consultation at our Newark Office call us at 740 281-3797 or contact us online.
Karen H. Wentworth, Attorney at Law
*Currently active in Ohio only
Juris Doctorate, Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana
B.A., Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- Ohio State Bar Association
- Washington State Bar Association
- Massachusetts State Bar Association
- Licking County Bar Association