In Portage & Summit Counties

9.1Heather R. Dyer


Family Law in Domestic Relations Courts

The end of a marriage is always stressful. This is why you need the best guidance to make the legal process as smooth as possible.

Disputes sometimes result in painful court hearings that make the matter even more sensitive when children are involved.

The expertise of our family law specialist will help you go through this trying time as painlessly as possible.

Divorce with children

Should you consider a Divorce, Dissolution, or a Legal Separation?

Under Ohio Family Law, a legal marriage can be terminated or suspended in three different ways: Divorce, Dissolution, or Legal Separation.

  • In general, a divorce applies when the parties are unable to agree upon the terms relating to ending the marriage.
  • 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. However, 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.

Attorney Heather Dyer, Family Law Specialist

Attorney Heather Dyer
  • The only Family Law Specialist in Portage County
  • 15 years of experience
  • Great knowledge of the local court systems
  • Compassionate but tough in the courtroom
  • Personal attention to your case
  • Gives straightforward advice so you always know where you stand
  • Available for free consultations and case reviews
The Center for Principled Family Advocacy

I loved working with Heather. I was going through a divorce after a thirty year marriage and I was scared and confused. I initially had another lawyer that was scattered and never got back to me when I had questions. Someone referred me to Heather and from the first conversation I felt safe and heard. She was there for me every step of the way, answering my questions in a logical caring way.

I love the way she gets things done and doesn’t mess around dragging things out. When I had to have meetings with ex husband and his lawyer she impressed me with her strength and knowledge. She was there for me. I would recommend Heather to everyone I care about. And in the future if I need advice she is the one I will turn to.

Caroline Kilbane



330- 296-8000 (Ravenna)

330-686-2890 (Stow)

Tell Us About Your Case

Family and Domestic Relations Lawyer in Portage And Summit Counties

Family law is a very sensitive area of the law since it involves highly emotionally charged situations. Whatever your circumstances, the consequences of domestic relations cases are long-lasting. The process can be frustrating and confusing. Therefore, your family law attorney needs to be both a strong advocate and a compassionate human being.

Our divorce lawyer is the only Certified family law specialist in Portage County. She can assist you in determining your best course of action. She is a sympathetic listener, a tough negotiator who can give you a realistic evaluation of your situation and guide you through every step of the domestic relations court process.

We handles matters in every area of Family Law & Domestic Relations, and represent clients primarily in Portage and Summit Counties. Our divorce lawyer will protect your interests and obtain the best solution for you. Contact us now to book your consultation or case review at (330) 296-8000 in Ravenna or (330) 686-2890 in Stow.



Solid Reputation

For the last twenty years, we have provided exceptional legal representation and support. Our longevity is the undeniable proof of the quality of our services.


Result Oriented

We are on your side. We fight for you and guide you through the legal process, giving you peace of mind while you get your life back on track. 


Personal Attention

We take pride in building strong relationships with our clients and focus on their  goals while working on short and long-term solutions for their legal issues.


Cutting-Edge Firm

We use the latest technology to facilitate communication with you. This includes giving you access to your own online client portal.


Constant Support

During the whole process, you get your lawyer’s undivided attention, and a paralegal assigned to your case for optimum  communication.


Reasonable Fees

Most clients consider our fees to be quite reasonable. We detail the terms of our representation upfront, so you know what to expect from us from the get go.

Family Law Courts

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

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

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The attorneys in our law firm primarily service Portage County courts (Ravenna and Kent) from our office in Ravenna, and Summit County courts (Akron, Stow, Barberton) from our office in Stow. Cases in all other courts in North East Ohio, such as Cuyahoga County courts, are handled under specific terms and conditions.