Family Law and Business Law Attorneys

Beth Murray

Contact Me:

513-619-6060

Biography

Divorce/Dissolution: Marriages come to an end for many different reasons and most often it is not an easy time. After nearly 30 years in practice, I've seen just about every scenario, but each client's experience is unique to the individual. There are many ways to end your marriage. The client learns about the processes available to him/her and chooses the best option. I focus on my client's interests, needs and goals especially when children are involved. I help people navigate their feelings whether it's anger, fear, grief, blame, guilt or regret. My role is to help my clients find closure to the financial, legal, child and often the business issues requiring resolution. I have the track record and reputation to deliver the best result for my clients during some of the most difficult times of their lives.

Children can be the most affected by their parents' divorce. I am proud of my personal commitment, both as a lawyer and mother of three children, to pay attention to the interests of the children. In many divorce cases, I have been appointed by the Court as Guardian ad Litem, the attorney representing the interests of the children. I'm also a Certified Parenting Coordinator which is a role designed to help couples sort out the complicated arrangements necessary to share the parenting of their children or other issues that require a quicker decision than the court can provide. Clients often struggle to implement their new roles after the divorce is granted. Parents may need to learn how to communicate about taking care of the children and their many needs. When parents are in heated conflict, it is often difficult for them to achieve a harmonious plan so the children feel safe, secure and well directed in their daily routine. That's where the role of Parenting Coordinator can make a big difference.

Collaboration and Mediation: The pain of divorce and separation can be exacerbated by the hostility and tremendous expense of going to trial. Most experienced family lawyers can assess your case quickly and provide a reasonable forecast of what a judge might rule in a trial… and that is after you've spent tens of thousands of dollars in legal costs, not to mention the emotional toll. With this in mind, and based on significant experience fighting for clients, I have become a big believer in alternative dispute resolution - mediation rather than a trial. As a result, my practice is strongly slanted in the direction of resolution by peaceful methods. Two ways this is achieved are through collaborative law or mediation.

Collaborative Law: I am the Co-chair of the Cincinnati Association of Collaborative Professionals (CACP). The CACP, which includes lawyers, accountants, financial planners, counselors, therapists, social workers and psychologists, is committed to working as a team to terminate your marriage in an amicable fashion without the threat of court. The process is confidential and designed to meet the clients' interests, needs and goals. The team focuses on the families’ interests, goals and needs to achieve a resolution that each party can say "yes" to. Learning to change roles from partners in marriage to partners post-divorce is difficult and the team is there to support the parties every step of the way. 

Mediation: In addition to collaborative lawyering, mediation is another venue in which to resolve the issues in divorce. Trust is often the first casualty in a marriage that is coming to an end. Unlike going to Court where a judge or magistrate makes all the decisions, mediation is a venue where you keep control of the decisions impacting your life and the lives of your children. In mediation, a trained mediator helps disputing parties sort through the issues, provides a sounding board, delivers the occasional sense-check on the claims or demands of the parties, and brings closure to the issues by enabling both sides to collaborate and come to resolution.

Education

  • Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Highland Heights, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 1990
  • University of Cincinnati
    • B.S. - 1987

Classes & Seminars

  • Domestic Relations Institute, Cincinnati Bar Assn, 2019 to Present
  • Premarital Agreements, Chase College of Law, 2018 to Present
  • Family Law, Chase College of Law, 2019 to Present

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital
  • Junior League of Cincinnati
  • St. Mary School
  • St. Xavier High School
  • Walnut Hills High School
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Alliance
  • YMCA
  • Lighthouse Youth Services Board Member
  • Hamilton County Family Law Clinic

References

  • George Yund
  • Mary Ellen Malas
  • Mark Fallon
  • Jeffrey Goodman

Past Positions

  • Frost Brown Todd, Member - Attorney, 1996 to 2019
  • Schuh & Goldberg, Attorney, 1990 to 1996

Languages

  • English

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Delta Zeta

Professional Associations

  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Northern Kentucky Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • American Family of Courts and Conciliation

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney at Law - Certified Mediator

Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Adoptions
  • Collaborative Law
  • Custody
  • Child Support
  • Mediation
  • Parenting Coordination

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1990
  • Kentucky, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1992
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit

Honors

  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers