I get this “alimony or lump sum” question several times a year. It's usually asked by the husband, though the gender of the interlocutor doesn't determine my answer. My first response is, “Get thee to an attorney.” There are attorneys in Columbus who won't squeeze your eyeballs, pull out your fingernails or use intimidation to pad their fees.
My daughter, Hilary, who is an attorney and one of the good ones, gave me three names in Columbus, which I've passed to you. She said they are good people who charge fair fees. You should visit with each to discuss charges, fees and options so there are no surprises. Hilary also told me to tell you that a divorce is too important an event in your life and your future to go through without the benefit of a knowledgeable and experienced counsel. Finally, Hilary said to tell you that “alimony is like making monthly payments on a car with four flat tires, and a lump-sum payment is bounty from the mutiny that only has to be paid once.” There's something to be said for that bit of wisdom. I wish the best for you folks.
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