Attorney Robert H. Snedaker, III ("Chip") is an attorney with nearly thirty years of legal experience. He is an Ohio State Bar Association, Certified Specialist in Family Relations Law, and one of just 103 attorneys (as of January 1, 2009) in Ohio to earn that designation. Because he is a Certified Specialist, he may be able to identify legal issues and potential solutions that may go unnoticed by other family law attorneys.

Client-Focused. Attorney Snedaker has helped people who need prompt, straight-forward, and candid legal advice. He is client-focused. Providing each client astute legal assistance and counsel is one of his goals. His primary job is to help solve the client's family law problems prudently. His in-depth knowledge of judges, court magistrates and opposing counsel can be invaluable in handling a client's case.

Confidential Consultation. People often evaluate one or more attorneys to represent them. That evaluation is often done through an initial consultation by phone or in person. Through the consultation, the prospective client receives valuable information and experience-based insight. That helps to create personal perspective and clarity about legal issues and rapport with the attorney. Very often, when the consultation ends the prospective client will say to Attorney Snedaker "I'm glad I talked with you."

Family Relations Law. His practice is limited to divorce, dissolution, and other family relations law issues. He has handled thousands of family law cases. And, he has successfully represented clients at trials and hearings in counties throughout Ohio. Each case has some unique elements, providing him many opportunities to apply his Certified Specialist knowledge.

Personal Background.
Attorney Snedaker graduated from Ohio University in 1978, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He obtained his Law Degree (Juris Doctorate) from Capital University Law School in 1981, and was on the Dean's List several times.
He began his legal career with the State of Ohio in 1981. After four years he established his solo practitioner practice focused on family law. In 2005, he became a founding partner of the law firm Dougherty, Hanneman & Snedaker, LLC.
Attorney Snedaker is the father of three children and the grandfather of one child. He is a lifelong resident of Columbus, Ohio. He grew up and graduated from Upper Arlington High School in 1974. He is an avid golfer and physical fitness advocate.

Presentations and Articles

Attorney Snedaker has given presentations and written articles for the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association, the Ohio Psychological Association, and many other organizations. He is a frequent speaker at seminars for lawyers and non-lawyers. He has spoken and written about many family law issues and concerns. His most recent presentations and articles are listed below.

  • Collaborative Divorce An Oxymoron?, Columbus Bar Association, Lawyer's Quarterly, Fall 2008
  • Collaborative Divorce, Half Moon, Inc., 2008
  • Handling the High Income Divorce, Columbus Bar Association, 2006
  • Collaborative Divorce, Ohio Psychological Association, 2005 2006
  • The High Asset and/or Income Case, Ohio State Bar Association, 2004
  • Child Support and Spousal Support in High Income Cases, Ohio State Bar Association, Annual Convention, 2004
  • Prenuptial Agreements, Columbus Bar Association, 2004
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution in Domestic Relations Cases: Collaborative Family Law, Columbus Bar Association, 2003
  • Divorce, Children and Taxes, Ohio State Bar Association, 2003

Professional Affiliations

Attorney Snedaker is active in many professional organizations. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Columbus Bar Association. He served a two-year term as the Chairman of the Columbus Bar Association Family Law Committee. As the chairman he was responsible for various family lawyer education initiatives and programs.
He is a founding member of the Collaborative Divorce Professionals, Inc., an association advocating use of the collaborative divorce process as an alternative to traditional contested divorce. His membership has included service as president and on the board of trustees. For more information about collaborative divorce, please visit the Collaborative Divorce Professionals, Inc. Web site.

Areas of Practice

Family Law

Divorce, Dissolution and Legal Separation

Property and Debt Division - Complex Asset Cases

Property and Debt Division - Business and Professional Interests

High Income and Significant Assets

Spousal Support and Alimony

Child Custody, Child Support, Child Visitation, and Shared Parenting

Premarital Planning and Premarital Agreements

Appeals and Objections

Bar Admissions

Ohio, 1981
U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1983

Education

Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio
J.D. - 1981
Honors: Dean's List: Various Semesters

Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Bachelor of Business Administration cum laude - 1978
Honors: Dean's List
Major: Business

Classes/Seminars

Collaborative Divorce, Half Moon, Inc., 2008

Handling the High Income Divorce, Columbus Bar Association, 2006

Collaborative Divorce, Ohio Psychological Association, 2005 - 2006

Prenuptial Agreements, Columbus Bar Association, 2004

The High Asset and/or Income Case, Ohio State Bar Association, 2004

Alternative Dispute Resolution in Domestic Relation Cases, Columbus Bar Association, 2003

Published Works

Collaborative Divorce - An Oxymoron?, Columbus Bar Association, Lawyer's Quarterly, 2008
Child Support and Spousal Support in High Income Cases, Ohio State Bar Association, Annual Convention, 2004
Prenuptial Agreements, Columbus Bar Association, 2004
Alternative Dispute Resolution in Domestic Relations Cases: Collaborative Family Law, Columbus Bar Association, 2003
Divorce, Children and Taxes, Ohio State Bar Association, 2003

Professional Associations and Memberships

Columbus Bar Association, Member, 1985 - Present
Columbus Bar Association, Chairman, Family Law Committee, 2006 - 2008
Ohio State Bar Association, Member, 1985 - Present
Collaborative Divorce Professionals, Inc, Founding Member
Collaborative Divorce Professionals, Member, 2000 - Present
Collaborative Divorce Professionals, Inc, President, 2004 - 2006
Collaborative Divorce Professionals, Inc, Board of Trustees, 2004 - 2007

Certified Legal Specialties

Certified Specialist, Family Relations Law, Ohio State Bar Association, 2005

Litigation Percentage

50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Ancillary Businesses

General Counsel, small privately-owned business

Languages

English

Past Employment Positions

Robert H. Snedaker, Atty., Solo Practitioner, 1985 - 2005
State of Ohio Department of Liquor Control, Legal Counsel, 1981 - 1985

Success Stories

Child Custody Win - Parent Alienation Stymied

The mother and father agreed to a shared parenting plan that provided for substantially equal time with the children for each parent. Attorney Snedaker reviewed the shared parenting plan and found it to be credible.
The mother suffered from being bipolar and was an alcoholic. Within one year of the agreement for shared parenting, the mother violated the shared parenting terms on numerous occasions by taking the children when they were supposed to be with father. The mother also said many inappropriate things to the children about their father. The children were suffering parental alienation, which affected their family, social and academic activities.

Attorney Snedaker represented the father at a trial. After the trial, the mother's time with the children was limited to three times per month for two hours, all supervised by a third party. Within six months, the children are thriving in school and otherwise.

Disparity in Incomes - Spousal Support Dramatically Increased

This case reflects a thirty-year marriage, with great disparity in spousal incomes. The wife earns $30,000.00 as an instructor and artistic director of a studio. The husband earns $260,000.00 plus bonuses averaging $140,000.00 annually as a business executive. The husband offered and paid his wife temporary support of $1,125.00 week.

The wife was willing to accept $1,500.00 week but the husband said no. When Attorney Snedaker initially presented the case to the court, it issued an initial support order change to $2,000.00 week. In a later trial court appearance, Attorney Snedaker negotiated a change to the final amount of support for the wife at $9,300.00 per month, until further order of the court.

Child Custody Maintained - Guardian ad Litem's Opposition Rebuffed

The mother, who had custody of her child, moved to another state. The father sought custody claiming he provided a more stable home and that custody to him would keep the child closer to the child's extended family. The mother retained Attorney Snedaker as her counsel.

Attorney Snedaker's position to the Court was that it should deny the father's change in custody motion and for the mother to keep custody. The Guardian Ad Litem, attempting to reflect the best interests of the child, agreed with the father, despite the child's stated preference to remain with the mother. The Court denied the father's change in custody motion and the mother retained custody.

Unmarried Father Ordered to Pay Child Support - Overturned

An unwed mother claimed that Attorney Snedaker's client is the biological father of her child. She tells the agency that issues the child support order that no one else could be the father. The father disputes his alleged parentage and contacts Attorney Snedaker. But, the Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) issues child support based on the mother's representation that our client is the only possible father.

Attorney Snedaker represented the alleged father and pursued a demand for genetic (DNA) testing. The genetic test results exclude our client as the father. Attorney Snedaker then prevailed upon the court to order the mother to repay the alleged father for all child support money that he paid to her as well as the alleged father's attorney fees.

Short Term Marriage - Separate Property Regained

The wife gave husband $10,000.00 upon their marriage. The marriage was short-lived and no assets were accumulated. Under those circumstances, Attorney Snedaker was able to assert the wife's claim to the $10,000.00, as her separate property (owned prior to marriage), which is the sum total of all of the wife's assets after her divorce.