David Scott Heier Esq
Heier Law Office
About David Scott Heier EsqFirst practiced law as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years gaining extensive trial advocacy experience. The next two years I worked as the Assistant City Attorney for a suburban city in Franklin County working exclusively in all areas of Ohio municipal law. At the end of that time I entered private practice serving the needs of clients in a wide number of legal areas adding to my breadth of legal experience and knowledge. My practice is now limited to Family Law matters and Divorce.
- Family Law
- Juvenile Law
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
|U.S. Claims Court|
|U.S. Court of Military Appeals|
|U.S. Supreme Court|
|U.S. Tax Court|
|Guardian ad Litem (Supreme Court of Ohio)|
|Attorney, Heier Law Office|
|Private law practice concentrating on divorce, family and juvenile law. Practice includes divorce, dissolution, separation, child custody, visitation, shared parenting, spousal support, enforcement and modification of court orders.|
|Assistant City Attorney, City of Upper Arlington, Ohio|
|Drafted new laws for consideration and passage by the city council to ammend or modify the city's municipal code. Researched and drafted legal memorandum for the city manager and other administrative department directors and city council. Drafted and reviewed city contracts and legal documents. Provided legal advice to the city council and administration. Represented the city in labor negotiations with the police and fire fighters unions. Created the city's first mediation program for neighborhood disputes.|
|Staff Judge Advocate, United States Marine Corps|
|Defense Counsel representing marines and sailors in General and Special Courts-Martial. Also represented clients in Navy-Marine Corps Administrative Discharge Board hearings. Served as legal counsel for service members, dependents and retired personnel in divorce and family law matters in California state courts.|
|University of Dayton School of Law - University of Dayton||J.D. (1979)||Law and Philosophy|
|Honors: First joint degree candidate with M.A. in philosophy and J.D.|
|Activities: Student Representative to the Faculty Academic Affairs Committee (2nd and 3rd year).|
|Details: USMC JAG prosecutor (summer 1978) Commissioned 2nd Lt USMC (summer 1977)|
|Appellant Defense Counsel||United States Navy-Marine Corps Court of Military Review||1990-1992|
|Details: Reviewed General and Special Courts-Martial. Drafted and filed appeals.|
|Member, American Bar Association|
|Activities: Member, Family Law Section|
|Member, Ohio State Bar|
|Activities: Member, Family Law Committee.|
|Member, Columbus Bar Association|
|Activities: Member, Family Law Committee. Member, Juvenile Law Committee. Chairman, Technology Committee.|
- Overall: 46th
- This Year: 11th
- Overall: 32 Answers
- This Year: 32 Answers
Q: I need to file for uncontested divorce approx how much will this cost?
A: Check with the clerk of court's office in the county where you will be filing to learn the amount of the filing fee.
Q: I want a divorce but my wife wants more money than what I already pay her. We have been seperated for 4 years.
A: You don't need to wait to file for divorce. Since you have been living separate and apart for more than one year, you have grounds for filing the divorce. The division of pensions and retirement accounts depends upon how much of the pension accummulation occurred while married. Defined benefit plans, 401k accounts and other unqualified benefit plans all have different restrictions or payout options. You must contact the pension administrator for your answer.
Q: Can I find out if a divorce has been filed
A: Yes. Go to the county clerk's office in the county where you think it was filed and they can look it up. Some counties have the information online and you can look it up yourself.
Q: In order to file for divorce after 20 years of marriage, and in Lake County., OH do I need a seperation first? Thank yo
A: No, you do not need to separate before filing for divorce.
Q: I have two children who are not my husband, Can I get a dissolution?
A: No. Paternity must be established for the biological father first. A dissolution is not the procedure to do that and would not be accepted by the court. Go to the Child Support Enforcement Agency in your county and apply for child support from the biological father. Genetic testing can be ordered. The test results are then used to support a motion to Un-Establish the father-child relationship with your husband. He is legally the father of children until that is done. It would be easiest to do it all in an uncontested divorce filing.
Q: In 2009, I was granted a divorce. The Court s Judgment Entry included a separation agreement. It ordered each party to
A: It's possible that you both are in contempt. You for being behind in payments and her for not signing over the title. One is not necessarily a defense to the other. File your own contempt against her if you think she is in violation of the order too.
Q: Separated from my husband since september 2012. I need to file for divorce, but I cant afford a lawyer. Unable to affor
A: Do it yourself. Go online. Look at the website for the court in your county. Many have the necessary forms online. You can also request that the filing fee be waived if you qualify. No one but a lawyer can give you legal advice so you will have to do all the work yourself. Try the Public Defenders Office to see if they can represent you.
Q: I'm 50 yrs old, chronically ill & unable to work. What am I entitled to in the divorce begun by my husband of 10 yrs?
A: It depends. This sort of case would benefit enormously with the professional knowledge and experience of a lawyer. There are too many open ended possibilities and fact senarios to give any reasonable degree of useful information. Generally, a disabled or chronically ill spouse could expect some form of additional support of compensation.
Q: Q: What constitutes cohabitating? I get alimony. My boyfriend stays with me a lot. Does ex have to prove to stop paying?
A: Cohabitating means living together. Staying overnight, mailing address, auto registration address, auto license address, income tax address are all evidence of cohabitation. Some spousal support payers go as far as hiring a private detective to determine if there is anyone cohabitating with the support recipient. Overnight stays is powerful evidence of cohabitation. Even personal toiletries such as shaving kit, tooth brush, etc. can indicate cohabitation. The payor can file a motion in the court to terminate the spousal support and must present evidence to support it.