Thomas A. McCormack Family Law

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Firm Overview

Thomas McCormack brings to his clients a thorough, practical knowledge of how family law and the courts work.


McCormack Family Law helps people from the beginning of marriage to the end. The goal is to prevent or resolve issues using strategies that cause the least conflict and cost. Services include: prenuptial agreements, separation agreements, dissolution or divorce, child custody (parenting rights and responsibilities), property division, spousal support and child support, post-decree issue resolution. I have an enduring interest in protecting the interests of children, from infants to juveniles, whether their parents are married, divorced or single: paternity, child support, child custody and parenting time, special needs children, companionship rights, adoption, and juvenile issues. When there are domestic violence issues, I pursue civil or temporary protection orders for clients and their children.


When marriages end, dividing property is a key concern. One of the biggest challenges is allocating pension benefits. I bring many years' specialized experience advising major Ohio multi-employer/union pension and benefit plans to my domestic relations practice, including work in pension valuation, pension benefits division, and qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs) as well as knowledge about divorce and public pensions, and divorce and military pensions.



My practice primarily serves people in Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Trumbull counties but I am also conveniently located for clients in Summit, Portage and Ashtabula. An initial free consultation is full and informative.



I am a steadfast advocate for people who want to understand and have their say in the legal process, and who expect:


--a knowledgeable, forthright advisor to clarify what their interests are in the framework of the law;


--a commitment to to solving problems without resorting to drawn-out and expensive legal proceedings;


--a responsive legal representative who is timely about returning phone calls and emails;


--discretion and creative alternative dispute resolution that enable you to emerge from the often difficult legal process with dignity and privacy intact;



During more than seven years as a trial magistrate hearing thousands of matters related to child custody and support, spousal support, property division, and divorce, I created unique courtroom procedures for litigant participation that made the legal process more transparent and led to more positive and lasting settlements; worked out many practical parenting plans, especially for special needs children; helped design and implement cutting-edge parenting programs aimed to preserve families; developed a sophisticated understanding of systems of control over and forms of violence against women; and successfully resolved complex property division and tax issues.

Main Office

Thomas A. McCormack Family Law
The Superior Building, Suite 1915
815 Superior Avenue
Cleveland  OH  44114

Phone
  • 216-664-0792
Fax

Mr. Thomas McCormack

Thomas McCormack began in the general practice of law in 1979 and later served as a domestic relations trial magistrate for more than seven years. His hands-on experience with thousands of divorce cases makes him a knowledgeable representative on family issues, especially regarding children and parenting.


Attuned to how things look from both sides of the bench, to legal professionals and non-professionals alike, he is a steadfast advocate for people who want to understand and have their say in the legal process. That is as it should be. Participation is essential to constructively resolving family issues and moving forward in a positive direction. It begins with an initial consultation at no charge. You can expect



  • Discretion in dealing with complex and delicate issues

  • Strong advocacy on your behalf

  • As much of a voice in every aspect of your case as you want, within the limits of what the law, the courts, and ethical practice permit

  • Constant dedication to resolving issues without resorting to drawn out and expensive legal proceedings


In more than twenty years of private practice in trial and appellate courts, Tom worked extensively in pension and benefits law, labor law, and domestic relations. He brings to his current practice



  • A sophisticated grasp of the division of pension benefits in divorce actions, grounded both in long-term representation of major Ohio multi-employer pension & benefit plans and in case experience

  • An experience-based knowledge of the research and theories courts now use to consider matters of family evaluation, parenting, and child support

  • A history of creative representation of youthful offenders, structuring and negotiating de facto diversion programs in local courts throughout Ohio


J.D. Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1979
Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Family Law Section
Member, Ohio State Bar Association
Supreme Court of Ohio Guardian ad Litem training
Presenter on domestic relations issues, Ohio Judicial College and Medina County Domestic Relations Court

License
  • Bar Number: Ohio State Bar
    Ohio , 1979
  • Bar Number: Admitted Sixth Circu
    Ohio
Education
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
    JD , 1979
    Cleveland, OH

    Associate Editor, Law Review; Federal Taxation Moot Court Team

  • Cleveland State University
    BA , 1976
    Cleveland, OH

    Outstanding Art History Student

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OHIO COURTS ON DIVORCE AND LONG-DISTANCE PARENTING

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It has become increasingly common that children don’t share a home city or even a home state with one of their parents.

Introducing the Kids to Divorce

Created On: 05/28/2010

Many parents ask, 'How do I tell the kids?' If you’re like many divorcing parents, you worry about the effects the end of your marriage is going to have on your children, especial

Communicating during divorce: six pointers

Created On: 05/28/2010

One of the biggest challenges divorcing couples face is talking with each other during the process of dissolving their marriage.

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