Our Service is a Step Above

You go to a family lawyer for guidance, whether it is a divorce or custody case. That’s why we strive to provide you with the most straightforward path to success. We work tirelessly to ensure the best possible outcome while minimizing conflict and expense.

We’re Efficient & Effective

At Erb Legal, we take pride in our skill in family court matters. We refuse to tolerate delays and always set the highest standards. With our record of success, we know what works and will do everything in our power to keep things moving smoothly and swiftly.

Your Goals Come First

We’re here to help you find the right solution – for you, your kids, and your future. We’ll keep your financial situation and goals in mind and always provide honest advice on improving your situation.

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5 stars

He is the man you want during these heart-wrenching times in life...

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The Family Law Issues We Handle

Your Family Needs a Legal Ally

Erb Legal tackles the challenging legal issues that affect families across Portage County, Ohio. We provide compassionate representation to help you navigate the complexities of family law and fiercely protect your rights and long-term interests.


Child Custody

Grandparent Rights

Legal Separation

Spousal Support

High-Asset Divorce

Property Division


Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements

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Our Awards

Martindale-Hubbell – Preeminent The AV Preeminent® (their highest standard) is given to attorneys ranked at the utmost level of professional excellence for their expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards.

American Institute of Family Law Attorneys – 10 Best A prestigious honor from The American Institute of Legal Counsel recognizing unparalleled success in the practice of family law for the benefit of their clients.

National Academy of Family Law Attorneys – Nation’s Premier NAFLA’s highest award, acknowledges the best family law attorneys in each state. Bases on their extraordinary knowledge, skill, experience, expertise, and success.

Avvo’s highest possible designation, attorney Tom Erb Jr provides a snapshot of his skill and insight into his extensive legal background.

As an Elite Lawyer, Thomas Erb Jr has demonstrated a high degree of skill and success in his divorce and family law career, and is active in the community.

The Ohio State Bar Association recognizes an attorney's extraordinary achievements and contribution to the Ohio legal community.

Membership in CACJ includes attorneys and professionals in California and other states with the shared mission of defending people’s rights.

The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is invitation-only, made up of the premier trial lawyers from each state.

The Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is the premier professional association for Ohio defense attorneys.

Avvo is the largest and most popular online legal directory online and prides itself on providing detailed information on lawyers and legal issues.

Client Champions are an elite group of attorneys who have received exceptional reviews from the people that know them best, their clients.

Each year, less than 2.5% of lawyers in each state make the Rising Stars list, recognizing lawyers under the age of 40 who stand out in professional achievement and peer recognition.

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Family Attorneys Who Do it RIGHT

Erb Legal is honest, direct, & ready to fight for you.

With a focus on complex, high-net-worth divorces and custody matters, attorney Thomas Erb Jr has a reputation for excellence in family courts across Northeast Ohio and a winning record. He takes cases that intimidate other family lawyers and is not shy about his ability to help families get through difficult times. From your first call to when your case is resolved, you can expect candid legal advice and clear direction from an attorney 100% committed to you.

What Are You Trying to Achieve?

Some family law issues are cut and dry; if that’s the case, we’ll say so. But suppose you’re looking to protect a business in a divorce, negotiate a fair settlement, or pursue a custody agreement that makes sense for your family. In that case, we will review all your legal options and find the best way to impact you and your family positively.

We’ll Negotiate When We Can

Sometimes things get contentious before anyone calls a family lawyer. By bringing the sides together, we can often get a fair outcome and put it all to rest. While we pursue every amicable avenue possible, that doesn’t mean we’ll ever let you be taken advantage of.

We’re Ready for Anything

Most family cases in Portage County don’t go to trial, but sometimes judges need to weigh in. With our courtroom record, our team knows what works, what won’t, and how to protect you. This lets us anticipate the other side’s moves and see opportunities to resolve things in your favor. Plus, making peace becomes very appealing when the other side knows you’re not afraid.

We take your domestic law issue as seriously as you do. Whether it’s a complicated divorce in Ravenna, an awkward custody issue in Streetsboro, or you want to negotiate the division of marital property anywhere in Portage County, our skill and knowledge can be instrumental in securing the outcome you need to see.

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5 stars

Absolutely pleased beyond words...

...at the quality of professionalism and outcome of Erb Legal."

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Portage County Domestic Law Resources & Help Center

Portage County Domestic Relations Court

This is the local domestic relations court for the area and serves as the “family court” for cases involving:

  • Divorces
  • Dissolution
  • Legal Separations
  • Annulments
  • Parentage
  • Custody Disputes
  • Modification of Parental Rights/Responsibilities
  • Parenting Time
  • Visitation
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Enforcement Actions
  • Civil Protection Orders

Visit the Portage County Domestic Relations Court

Portage County Court Location & Hours

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
(330) 297-3880

203 West Main Street
Second Floor, Room 209
Ravenna, OH 44266
United States

Portage County Family Law Q&A

What Should I Bring to Our First Meeting?

The decision to hire or even speak with a family legal matter can be stressful. We understand and want to make the process as easy as possible. Here are a few things you can do that will make your meeting as productive as possible and increase the chances of a successful outcome:

  • Bring a list of questions: Make a list of questions you want to ask the lawyer. This can help you ensure that you cover everything you need to know.
  • Gather the relevant documents: Bring any relevant documents to your case, such as marriage certificates, prenuptial agreements, divorce decrees, or child custody agreements. If you don’t have easy access, that’s ok. Your attorney can assist you with this.
  • Collect financial info: If your case involves financial matters, bring pertinent financial information such as tax returns, bank statements, and information about any assets or debts.
  • Establish a Timeline: If specific events led up to your case, it could be helpful to create a timeline to help the lawyer understand your situation.
  • Provide contact details: Make sure you have the contact information for any other parties involved in the case, including your ex-spouse or co-parent.

Do I Have to Go to Court?

Most family law issues in Portage County get resolved outside of the courtroom. However, we do sometimes need to appear before a judge. Clients aren’t always required to attend, but you’ll know well in advance if that’s the case.

What Does a Family Lawyer at Erb Legal Charge?

Every case is different, and the cost typically depends on the complexity of your situation. However, we keep our fees reasonable and do everything we can to keep costs down precisely because we know the strain involved with some issues. We also offer financing options.

How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce?

The time it takes to get a divorce in Portage County depends on various factors, such as the case’s complexity, whether there are disputes over property or custody, and where you file. In Ohio, a divorce can sometimes be completed in months, while others can take years.

How is Child Custody Determined?

Child custody is determined based on what is in the child’s best interests. Factors that may be considered include the child’s age, health, well-being, and the parents’ ability to provide for the child’s physical and emotional needs.

How is Child Support Calculated?

A lot is considered in calculating child support, including the income of both parents, the number of children, and the amount of time each parent spends with the children. This is different than spousal support, which is also known as alimony. This is a payment made by one spouse to the other to help support them after a divorce. The amount and duration of spousal support vary depending on the circumstances of the case.

What is a prenuptial agreement

A prenuptial agreement is a legal contract between two people before marriage. It outlines how property and assets will be divided in the event of a divorce.

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Erb Legal is the complete package for high-caliber family law representation in the Ravenna, Kent, Aurora, Streetsboro, and Portage County region.