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April Payne, working exclusively in family law.

April M. Payne

Providing divorce/dissolution, collaborative law and limited scope divorce services in a personalized, respectful and professional manner.
Law Office of April M. Payne, LLC
(1-5 Attorneys)

Family Law and Divorce

3805 Edwards Road
Suite 550
Cincinnati, OH 45209
Hyde Park

20 years



Why did you become an attorney?

I never though about going to law school until I took a co-op position at a law office in Washington, DC as a part of my undergraduate studies at the University of Cincinnati. I originally took the position because I though it would be fun to live in Washington, DC for 6 months. At the time I never dreamed that the experience would guide me to my profession. I ended my experince loving legal work and eager to go to law school.

What made you choose your primary specialty focus of law?

In law school I had a very dynamic family law professor. My experience in his class led me to take an internship with the domestic relations judges in Summit County, Ohio. I very much enjoyed my internship and made the decision at that time to focus my professional career in family law.

What makes your law firm unique?

Recognizing that each divorcing couple presents a unique situation, in addition to traditional divorce and dissolution services, I also provide collaborative divorce law services and limited scope divorce services.
COLLABORATIVE LAW: The collaborative divorce law model provides divorcing couples a forum within which to negotiate a settlement of all issues in a confidential, civil and respectful manner. First, the divorcing couple signs a collaborative law agreement committing to resolve their issues without intervention from the court. The collaborative law agreement requires each party to fully disclose all assets and debts and encourages each party to express his/her goals and objectives for the collaborative law process. The collaborative divorce law forum allows couples to structure creative settlements that work for their family. As an added bonus, going through the collaborative divorce law model many times helps parties develop a mutually respectful working relationship with one another in order to minimize current and future conflict.
LIMITED SCOPE DIVORCE SERVICES: Many times a divorcing couple has already come to an agreement on the division of their assets and debts and parenting time arrangements and an attorney is not needed for any negotiations. In such cases, many people are not looking for a traditional full service attorney-client arrangement than can cost thousands of dollars. They are looking for an attorney to provide cost effective, very specific limited scope divorce services. Most commonly, the client is looking for an attorney to take the agreements and translate them into acceptable court documents. They are also looking for guidance for navigating the court process. Hiring an attorney for a limited scope purpose can greatly reduce the cost of hiring legal counsel.

Describe your personal interest and hobbies.

My leisure time interests include health and wellness, fitness and healthy cooking. As a mother of two young children, I am dedicated to modeling a healthy lifestyle for them. I am also very involved with planning and attending parents’ group activities at my church.

Family Law and Divorce
  • Child Support
  • Custody
  • Divorce
  • Joint Custody
  • Legal Separation
  • Shared Parenting Plans
  • Spousal Support
  • Support

University of Akron
Juris Doctor (JD), 1998

Bar Association Membership

Cincinnati Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association


I am trained in collaborative divorce law and divorce mediation.

Board/Committee Membership

Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers

Continuing Education

I take domestic relations and/or collaborative law continuing education classes annually.

Bar Admission Date


Supreme Court Number


Licensed In

Ohio (1998), #0069598

Summary of Firm

Providing divorce/dissolution, collaborative law and limited scope divorce services in a personalized, respectful and professional manner.

Summary of Previous Employment

In November of 2007, I fulfulled my professional goal of opening my own law practice. Prior to that time, I worked for the Wolfe Practice from February 2007 until November 2007, Barbara J. Howard Co. LPA from September 2000 until February 2007 and Judge Tolbert at the Hamilton County Court of Domestic Relations from January 1999 until Septmeber 2000.

Free Initial Consultation?

I provide free telephone consultations.

Typical Retainer Fees

There is no retainer fee for my limited scope services. The typical retainer fee for traditional dissolution/divorce services and collaborative law services is $3,000.

Fixed-Price Services and Fees

I provide dissolution/divorce limited scope services for a low fixed fee. The fee is determined by the nature and complexity of the specific limited scope need for each individual case.

Fees by Hourly Rate

I provide traditional dissolution/divorce services and collaborative law services at the rate of $200 per hour.


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