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A Driven Divorce and Family Law Firm

Kirkland & Sommers is your local family and divorce law firm, based in the Dayton, Ohio region. Our skilled family law and divorce attorneys have more than 100 years of combined experience, providing personalized and practical legal solutions for those facing Family Law & Domestic Relations issues. Because we’re based in the Dayton, Ohio area, we are intimately familiar with the local courts in the southwest Ohio region. Our Dayton family of clients trust us to help them navigate the court system, and you can, too.

Your Justice Is Our Priority

Our staff of experienced attorneys has successfully represented clients before the Ohio Supreme Court, Appellate Court, and county courts throughout the State of Ohio. We represent all of our clients with integrity and honesty, and it is our mission to achieve a just result in every case. We listen to you, identify your goals, and develop a plan to get you there. We will give you the information you need to make an informed decision and explain all of your options to you. We know your divorce is unique to you, and we will be here for you every step of the way. You will always know what to expect from us, what the next steps are, and what is happening with your proceedings.

Divorce and Family Law


A divorce is a legal proceeding that ends a marriage. Depending on your situation, it might include everything from determining the disposition of any joint property or assets and spousal support issues, to custody and child support issues. All of these decisions will be worked through with the help of your divorce attorney and the courts. You will need to file for a divorce if you and your spouse cannot agree on a settlement.


A dissolution is the termination of marriage through a settlement agreement. Having the right attorney in your corner early in the process can help you negotiate the best terms possible. Even though the process may be amicable and you are able to agree on everything, you should seek legal advice from your own attorney to make sure you fully understand the impact of the items you are agreeing to. You might discover you have better options! It is never advisable to use the same attorney as your spouse just to save money, and in fact, attorneys are ethically prohibited from representing both parties in a divorce. Always get legal advice or representation from your own attorney.

Child Custody/Visitation

This may be the most emotionally-charged area of a divorce. Allocation of child custody means more than just deciding which parent the child will live with and when; it also involves decision-making powers for the child and child support. While it’s advisable to work with your spouse to agree on a shared parenting plan, if you do not or cannot, the court will have to create one for you. The court must maintain objectivity, and they will focus solely on the best interests of your child. If your divorce is contentious, your attorney can negotiate with your spouse’s attorney to represent your needs and help reach an agreement.

Military Divorce

Dayton, Ohio is a proud military town, home to WPAFB, with many active and retired service members and their families living in the region. As such, we have helped many military members navigate the divorce process, and we understand the nuances that are specific to divorces involving military members. You will need this expertise if either or both of you are active or former members of the military.

Shared Parenting

Shared Parenting

This is the generally accepted and preferred custody arrangement, but it can be complex with many considerations. The term ‘Shared Parenting’ is frequently misunderstood, so let us guide you through all of your options to help determine the best one for you and your family. It’s not just about parenting time; it’s about who has the authority to make decisions for the child.


Kirkland & Sommers, Adoption


Adoptions can be exciting, yet emotional. You will need an experienced attorney to help you navigate the process. The family law attorneys at Kirkland & Sommers are experts in this area and will help you through the legal channels so you can concentrate on growing your family!


Get the information you need

Knowledge is power, and that’s why we strive to educate and inform our clients about all of their options. We’ll review the particulars of your case with you, and we’ll help you understand your best case scenario and your worst case scenario. We can tell you what’s a good offer based on how specific courts have ruled in the past, and when you should push back. The decisions will still be in hands, but you will have the information you need to make the best possible decision.

Our Attorneys

Experienced. Knowledgeable. Compassionate. The skilled divorce attorneys in our Dayton, Ohio family law firm have more than a century of combined experience. We have provided personalized and practical legal solutions for countless families just like yours facing family law and domestic relations issues. We have successfully achieved justice for our clients facing complex cases involving divorce, child custody, spousal support, child support, divorce modification, and adoption. Let us put our knowledge, experience, and integrity to work for you.

Brian Sommers, Esq.

Brian Sommers, Esq.

James Kirkland, Esq.

James Kirkland, Esq.

Craig Sams, Esq.

Craig Sams, Esq.

Brian Kruse, Esq.

Brian Kruse, Esq.

Justin Nidiffer, Esq.

Justin Nidiffer, Esq.


Kirkland & Sommers Super Lawyers

Need A Consultation?

Divorce and Family Law can be confusing and complex without the right attorney. We understand that. And it’s why we’ve built our practice on the founding principle that we will make sure you understand every step we take to deliver you a just result. You have questions, and we have the answers. Come meet with one our experienced family law attorneys today and let us help you get the legal process started.


News from Our Office

Updates, Announcements, Press Releases

Kirkland & Sommers Co. LPA Opens New West Chester Office – January 2021

Kirkland & Sommers Co., LPA is proud to announce the opening of our new West Chester branch office, so that we can better serve the residents of the Butler County area. The office in West Chester, Ohio will be attended by Attorney Craig Sams, whose legal practice is solely in the area of family law, including divorce, custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, domestic violence and post-decree modifications. Attorney Craig Sams will be able to conduct conferences by zoom, in-person or by telephone Monday through Friday. Call our office for a free consultation at 513-854-3657.

Updated Covid-19 Policy – January 2021

The Covid-19 Virus continues to impact all of us and our diligence with regard to the safest interactions possible remains our top priority.  Please review our current policy that defines how we can safely provide legal services to our clients while insuring the health and safety of our clients and our staff.  For more information about our current Covid-19 policy please click here:   COVID-19 POLICY.