Robert N. Wistner, J.D.
545 Metro Place South, Suite 100 Dublin, OH 43017

Contact

Phone: 614-401-8685
Fax:  614-553-7138
Email: robert.wistner@gmail.com

Office Hours Weekdays,
Tuesday through Thursday
 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Credit Cards Accepted:
Visa, Master Card, Discover

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Practice Mission, Benefits and Client Representation

Practice Mission - Help Clients terminate Their Marriage, Reduce Unnecessary Expense and Stress, and Minimize Emotional Harm to Children, by Avoiding the  "Win-Lose" Adversarial Litigated Divorce Case

I will not represent any spouse, or former spouse,  in a contested court case involving divorce or child custody. By limiting the scope of my law practice, my primary goal is to provide AFFORDABLE, EFFICIENT, and EFFECTIVE NON-ADVERSARIAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION SERVICES  to parties, lawyers, therapists, counselors, mediators and courts in cases involving divorcing families, for the purpose of helping them meet the needs and interests of all members of the restructured family, without judicial intervention. The ultimate goal is to educate and guide the parties to make the difficult, but necessary, decisions that will enable them to complete an agreed Dissolution of Marriage action, with a Separation Agreement and a Shared Parenting Plan, if minor children are involved, upon terms that are reasonable and appropriate for their particular future family circumstances. 

Start with No-obligation Initial Conference

Based on many years of experience, I have found that the most effective way to provide basic orientation, and answer questions, for prospective clients is for me:

  • To meet with you and your spouse together  in order to give both of you some basic education about the six options and processes for terminating your marriage (including COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE PLANNING, MEDIATION, EARLY NEUTRAL EVALUATION and COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAW), without any need for adversarial divorce litigation, together with estimates for the potential expenses involved with each option.  In addition, I will provide explanations of the Dissolution of Marriage process, the Ohio statutory law regarding the division of marital property  and spousal support,  a list of the subjects that need to be included in a Shared Parenting Plan for children, and any applicable federal income tax planning considerations. Then, both of you should be equipped with enough information to enable you to make reliable decisions on which option might work best for your family situation. Or in the alternative,
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  • To meet only with you, in the event your spouse might decline to participate in a joint initial conference,  to explain the COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAW PROCESS, (including potential expense and the other subjects listed above) with the future prospect for extending an invitation to your spouse to engage in this process with you and me (and his/her Collaborative Family Lawyer), if you determine that this might be the best option for you to pursue.

In addition, in order to cover all related topics, and answer your questions, this initial conference usually lasts between a minimum of 60 minutes to a maximum of 90 minutes, for which I charge a flat fee of $180 payable at the time of the meeting. However, you are under no obligation to proceed with any further services or expense thereafter, unless you specifically request to do so.

If this sounds reasonable to you,  please call or email, and I shall be pleased to arrange a convenient time to meet with you and your spouse, or just with you if that is your preference. 

 Most Spouses Can Benefit More from Choosing Collaborative Divorce Planning, Mediation, Early Neutral Evaluation or the Collaborative Family Law Process, Instead of a Litigated Divorce

For spouses who are willing to invest the necessary time and effort in a properly structured non-adversarial negotiation process like COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE PLANNING, MEDIATION, EARLY NEUTRAL EVALUATION or COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAW,  they should experience a more satisfactory overall outcome compared to the litigation process  -"divorce as usual,"  and accordingly more real protection and control for both spouses.

 COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE PLANNING, MEDIATION, EARLY NEUTRAL EVALUATION or COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAW may not be the best option for every client; but, it certainly is worth the minimal amount of time and money involved in scheduling an initial conference to learn more about the benefits and details of these processes, if some of the following considerations are important to you:

  • You recognize that the public court system is very limited in terms of personnel, docket time and other resources that are available to help you and your spouse divide your marital property, debts and income upon terms that are reasonable and appropriate for the future needs of all the members of your family.
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  • Maximum control over final decisions is very important to you, and you do not want to hand over to a perfect stranger (i.e. the Judge) those critical decisions that will impact the future restructuring of your family financial and/or parenting responsibilities.
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  • Over the course of your marriage, you and your spouse may have accumulated substantial marital property and income, and privacy is important in that you do not want all of your financial affairs to become matters of public record in a contested divorce case file at the local Clerk of Court's Office. 
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  • You want a civilized and respectful resolution of any issues that might arise during the negotiation process regarding the final terms of a Dissolution of Marriage action, and you want a more creative and individualized range of choices available to you and your spouse for resolving those issues.
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  • You and your former spouse will be sharing the future parenting responsibilities for minor children, and you want to protect them from the psychological harm that frequently results from their exposure to the increased  level of parental conflict normally associated with a litigated divorce case.
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  • You understand that negotiating with integrity involves not only achieving your own goals, but also, keeping an open mind to trying to find a way to achieve the reasonable goals of your spouse.
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  • You and your spouse have friends or extended family in common with whom you both want to remain in contact, and perhaps you and your former spouse may want to remain friends in the future.
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  • You place as much or more value on the relationships that will exist in your restructured family situation as you place on obtaining the maximum amount of money for yourself.
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  • You and your spouse will commit your intelligence and energy toward creative problem solving, rather than toward recrimination or revenge - fixing the problem rather than fixing blame.
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  • Caveat: However, Collaborative Divorce Planning, Mediation, Early Neutral Evaluation or Collaborative Family Law may not work with spouses who have significant personality disorders, or other psychiatric problems,  or where there is a pattern of domestic violence, or with spouses who are fundamentally dishonest or unscrupulous, or unable or unwilling to follow through on their commitments.

(In creating the above list of considerations, as resource material, I used some of the ideas presented by Pauline H. Tesler, J.D. in her first book, "Collaborative Law: Achieving Effective Resolution in Divorce Without Litigation," American Bar Association 2001, Appendix C: Handbook for Clients, at pp. 227-228.)

Personal Philosophy for Client Representation

After 30 years of litigation practice as a trial lawyer in Family Law, I concluded that it was time to abandon the adversarial approach for resolving family disputes in favor of other non-adversarial alternatives (COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE PLANNING, MEDIATION, EARLY NEUTRAL EVALUATION and COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAW) that provide members of families facing divorce with more opportunities to retain their personal INTEGRITY and DIGNITY during very difficult periods in their lives, as well as assert more CONTROL over the results and expenses of their family restructuring process. Consequently, in order to work through this personal transition from "guard dog' to "guide dog"  in representing my clients,  I have completed over 200 hours of special training courses designed to develop certain skill sets that have enhanced my ability to ascertain  and to support the true interests and goals of my clients, as we negotiate the final terms of their Separation Agreement and Shared Parenting Plan, which must be attached to their joint Petition for Dissolution of Marriage before it is filed in a court.

Now, I am pleased to have the opportunity to use these skills to assist clients terminate their marriage upon reasonable and appropriate terms, and retain their personal dignity, self-respect and control over the results during this very difficult and challenging time in their lives.   

For additional information about Collaborative Divorce Planning, Mediation, Early Neutral Evaluation, Collaborative Family Law or my background and experience, please refer to the individual sections in this website, or contact me through the form provided in the last section. 

Start with No-obligation Initial Conference

Based on many years of experience, I have found that the most effective way to provide basic orientation, and answer questions, for prospective clients is for me:

  • To meet with you and your spouse together  in order to give both of you some basic education about the six options and processes for terminating your marriage (including COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE PLANNING, MEDIATION, EARLY NEUTRAL EVALUATION and COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAW), without any need for adversarial divorce litigation, together with estimates for the potential expenses involved with each option.  In addition, I will provide explanations of the Dissolution of Marriage process, the Ohio statutory law regarding the division of marital property  and spousal support,  a list of the subjects that need to be included in a Shared Parenting Plan for children, and any applicable federal income tax planning considerations. Then, both of you should be equipped with enough information to enable you to make reliable decisions on which option might work best for your family situation. Or in the alternative,
  •  
  • To meet only with you, in the event your spouse might decline to participate in a joint initial conference,  to explain the COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAW PROCESS, (including potential expense and the other subjects listed above) with the future prospect for extending an invitation to your spouse to engage in this process with you and me (and his/her Collaborative Family Lawyer), if you determine that this might be the best option for you to pursue.

In addition, in order to cover all related topics, and answer your questions, this initial conference usually lasts between a minimum of 60 minutes to a maximum of 90 minutes, for which I charge a flat fee of $180 payable at the time of the meeting. However, you are under no obligation to proceed with any further services or expense thereafter, unless you specifically request to do so.

If this sounds reasonable to you,  please call or email, and I shall be pleased to arrange a convenient time to meet with you and your spouse, or just with you if that is your preference. 


Robert N. Wistner, J.D., located in Dublin, Ohio, represents clients throughout central Ohio, including the cities of Columbus, Dublin, Worthington, Powell, Hilliard, Westerville, Upper Arlington, Gahanna, Grandview Heights, Reynoldsburg, Whitehall, Bexley, Grove City, Delaware, Newark, Granville, Lancaster, Circleville, London, Plain City and Marysville. The firm serves all communities in Franklin County, Delaware County, Licking County, Pickaway County, Union County, Madison County and Fairfield County.