Robert N. Wistner

Mid-Ohio Center for Collaborative Divorce Planning
5650 Blazer Parkway
Suite 100
Dublin, Ohio 43017


Areas Of Practice

Collaborative Law


Robert N. Wistner currently is a sole practitioner, with over 30 years of experience as a trial lawyer in contested divorces and parenting disputes, including the negotiation of parenting plans and separation agreements. However, since January 1, 2000, he has limited his practice to Collaborative Family Law, Dissolutions of Marriage, Early Neutral Evaluation, Mediation and Arbitration, with primary focus on the resolution of family conflict without any involvement in court litigation. For client convenience, in addition to his Dublin office, he has access to other locations in Worthington and near Port Columbus.

During recent years of service as Vice-Chair of the Ohio Task Force on Family Law and Children, and as a member of the Ohio Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Children, Families and the Courts, Mr. Wistner became very interested in helping divorcing families in conflict restructure their families and finances through non-adversarial negotiation and agreement, without the financial and emotional trauma normally involved in adversarial litigation through the court system.  He has found Collaborative Divorce Practice to be a very successful process for accomplishing that goal for the involved parties, which enables both spouses to maintain their dignity and self-respect during a very difficult and stressful time in their lives, and the lives of their children.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University, and a Juris Doctor degree from The Ohio State University College of Law, Mr. Wistner has been licensed to practice law in Ohio since 1962. Also, he is a Court Approved Mediator in the Domestic Relations Divisions of the Common Pleas Courts of Franklin and Delaware Counties, and was a Senior Trainer in the basic 40-hour Divorce Mediation course, and the advanced course in Mediating Divorce Finances, at Conflict Management Services in Columbus from 2001 through 2006.

Mr. Wistner was one of the first family lawyers in Ohio to earn the designation of Certified Specialist in Family Relations Law by the Ohio State Bar Association Family Relations Law Specialty Board, and served as a member of the Board from 2000 to 2002.  He maintained such status for eight years before voluntarily declining further renewal.

In addition, he has served the OSBA as Chair of the Family Law Committee and of the General Practice Section. Since 2001, he also has been the Chair of the OSBA Spousal Support Subcommittee, which has been drafting new legislation to modernize Ohio's spousal support statutes.  From 1991 through 1999, he was awarded a listing in the Family Law Section of the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Also, he has served his profession and community as a Past-President of the Columbus Bar Association, Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association, Ohio Attorneys General Association, Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Dublin Chamber of Commerce

Terminating a marriage is not easy. Everyone has heard the horror stories about divorce through litigation. Rather than allowing a stranger (whether a judge or a magistrate) make the decisions that will impact your family now and into the future, the Collaborative Process offers you the ability to make those decisions and maintain control of your case. Collaborative Law gives people an effective way to resolve their divorce case with the guidance of attorneys who have received training in the art of principled negotiation. The Collaborative Process relies on the honesty, cooperation and integrity of the parties and the complete and open sharing of all information towards the goal of resolution of all of the issues. Collaborative Law enables the parties to minimize negative economic, social and emotional consequences involved when terminating a marriage. Instead of rushing to the courthouse, contact one of our ATTORNEYS to discuss the alternatives to litigation. You do have choices.

The Collaborative Process Once you and your spouse have each chosen one of our ATTORNEYS, the four of you agree on how to proceed. Typically, a date is agreed upon for the first meeting, at which you review and sign the collaborative divorce participation agreement and agree on an agenda for the next meeting. The parties may be given “homework” to produce and exchange information at the next meeting. At the following meeting(s) the parties work towards resolving the issues by negotiating with the assistance of their attorneys, and other professionals if necessary, based upon their interests. Once the issues have been settled the attorneys draft the agreement and documents (most likely for a dissolution of the marriage) required for filing with the Court. The parties then meet to review and sign the agreement and documents and they are subsequently filed. A final hearing is then held for the parties to appear before a judge and affirm the agreement.

The following is a video for you to review, "The Collaborative Way to Divorce" produced by and featuring Stuart G. Webb, Founder of Collaborative Law, and also Collaborative Attorney Ronald D. Ousky. We are extremely grateful to Mr. Webb who gave us permission to use this video on our web site.

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Robert N. Wistner

5650 Blazer Parkway Suite 100

Dublin Ohio 43017

Tele: 614-734-8354

Fax: 614-717-9586

Email: [email protected]