Katie Arthurs is a family law attorney at Franz Ward LLP who counsels clients through difficult matters. Her practice is concentrated on several areas of the law impacting families including divorce, dissolution of marriage, child custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, prenuptial agreements, and the division of marital estates. Katie represents both husbands and wives and keeps a “big picture” approach when managing a variety of complex cases. She is proficient in both litigation and alternative dispute resolution. She negotiates mutually agreeable settlements and, if necessary, litigates cases through the court. Katie works efficiently with clients to find creative solutions to all family law matters, while also advocating assertively for successful resolutions.
Katie graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, cum laude. Prior to law school, she graduated from John Carroll University, cum laude, with an English major and a business minor. Katie practices across Northeastern Ohio, including the counties of Cuyahoga, Summit, Geauga, Lorain, Portage, and Lake.
Alternative Dispute Resolution. Katie understands and appreciates the sensitive nature of family relationships, and the importance of keeping these matters private. Katie works with clients in a cooperative and/or collaborative setting to negotiate fair and equitable resolutions to avoid unnecessary litigation. Katie is a member and the current Secretary of the Board of the Center for Principled Family Advocacy. She is trained and has experience in Cooperative Dissolution of Marriage, Collaborative Law, Mediation, and Parenting Coordination.
Parenting/Custody Issues, Grandparent Visitation, Special Needs Children, Guardianships, and Adoptions. Katie works with unmarried mothers and fathers to address the establishment of paternity, child support, and custody/visitation issues in Juvenile Court. Katie helps parents, grandparents, and relatives obtain visitation and other rights through domestic relations/juvenile court proceedings, as well as guardianships in probate court. Katie also handles adoptions for step-parents and others.
Katie has experience handling issues concerning special needs children. She evaluates and addresses the continuation of child support and visitation after a child’s emancipation based upon the child’s physical and mental disabilities. Katie collaborates with other McCarthy Lebit attorneys to address other special needs issues such as estate planning, trusts, guardianships, and education planning, including IEPs and 504 Plans.
Prenuptial Agreements. Katie’s practice entails the crafting of prenuptial agreements to protect premarital assets, business interests, inheritance, and real estate in the event of divorce and/or death. She works strategically with clients to facilitate sensitive discussions between engaged parties. Katie also teams up with estate planning attorneys at McCarthy Lebit to address all potential issues involved.
Other Noteworthy Experience:
• Evaluating, protecting, and dividing closely-held business interests, including LLC’s, partnerships, S-corporations, C-corporations, and family businesses;
• Tracing premarital, inherited, and gifted assets relating to separate property claims;
• Interpreting and evaluating the enforcement of prenuptial agreements;
• Analyzing and accounting for misappropriated and/or concealed marital assets and other forms of financial misconduct;
• Briefing and arguing matters in Ohio appellate courts;
• Handling post-decree matters, such as the enforcement of court orders, non-disclosed assets, child support and spousal support modification, and child custody and visitation modification, including cases transferred from other states and jurisdictions; and
• In the unfortunate event of domestic violence, advocating on behalf of both petitioners and respondents to obtain or defend civil protection orders.