Deanna DiPetta has over 25 years of experience in divorce and dissolution, custody and visitation litigation, and adoption. She brought recognized experience to the firm's domestic relations practice. Deanna has received the highest legal ability and ethical standards rating from Martindale-Hubbell (a national directory of attorneys) and was named a Leading Lawyer by Inside Business Magazine.
She has experience both in negotiations and at trial in all manner of financial issues, including the following:
- Dividing complex marital estates, including investment properties, business interests, unusual investments, mineral rights, complicated retirement plans, and separate property issues;
- Evaluating business and partnership interests for division in divorce;
- Researching and analyzing records to identify misappropriated or hidden marital assets;
- Drafting, interpreting, and evaluating the enforceability of prenuptial agreements;
- Crafting tailored temporary and permanent spousal and child support plans;
- Allocating parental rights and responsibilities;
- Issues concerning parental relocation;
- Custody matters involving psychological expert testimony;
- Domestic violence matters; and
- Handling post-decree issues of enforcement and non-disclosed or omitted assets.
In addition to her law practice, Deanna is very involved in the community. She is a frequent volunteer for the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland’s Pro Bono Clinics, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the Hospice of the Western Reserve. Deanna is a member of the Violence Against Women Act Committee. She is also a former Professor of Domestic Relations Law at Notre Dame College.
Deanna frequently appears on local television shows to discuss family-law-related topics. She also co-authored materials and lectured on “Planning for the Possibility of Divorce” and “Estate Planning and Asset Management Issues” for the Estate Planning Institute.
Deanna has completed the 40 hour mediation course sponsored by the Center for Principled Family Advocacy and is a certified mediator. Previously, Deanna served as a Board Member for the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, a Member of the CMBA Certified Grievance Committee, and a Member of the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court’s Rules Committee. She currently is a Member of Judge4Yourself Committee. Deanna also mentors young lawyers through the Ohio Supreme Court’s Lawyer to Lawyer Program.