Cara L. Santosuosso

Top rated Family Law attorney in Westlake, Ohio

Law Offices of Cara L. Santosuosso, LLC
Cara L. Santosuosso
Law Offices of Cara L. Santosuosso, LLC

Practice Areas: Family Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Civil Litigation; view more

Licensed in Ohio since: 1998

Education: Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2013
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Law Offices of Cara L. Santosuosso, LLC

1991 Crocker Rd
Suite 600
Westlake, OH 44145 Visit website


Attorney Cara L. Santosuosso is the founder and owner of Law Offices of Cara L. Santosuosso in Westlake, Ohio. A top-rated attorney with more than 21 years of legal experience, Ms. Santosuosso provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout Cleveland and the surrounding areas of Cuyahoga and Lorain counties who have legal needs involving family law and divorce, child custody and visitation, child support and other related matters.

Certified as a divorce mediator, Ms. Santosuosso has achieved considerable success helping her clients resolve their conflicts and come to favorable agreements without the need for expensive, time-consuming and adversarial court battles. Also a certified parenting coordinator, she has handled many highly contentious custody proceedings, and she has gained a reputation as a staunch advocate for the rights and best interests of children caught up in divorce.

No matter what her clients' needs are, Ms. Santosuosso maintains an unwavering focus on protecting her clients' rights and helping them obtain the positive results they expect and deserve as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Honored for her outstanding professionalism and service, she has earned consistent top rankings and endorsements from her peers along with "Superb" client ratings on Avvo.

A 1995 magna cum laude graduate of John Carroll University, Ms. Santosuosso obtained her Juris Doctor from Cleveland State University's Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1998. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

A leader in her field, Ms. Santosuosso has published articles and conducted lectures and continuing legal education seminars across her region on a variety of legal topics related to legal ethics, same-sex domestic relations issues, family law and other subjects. She is also an active member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, the West Shore Bar Association and the Justinian Forum of the Society of Italian-American Legal Professionals, among her other professional affiliations.

Practice areas

Family Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Civil Litigation: Defense

Focus areas

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Father's Rights, Juvenile Law, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Same Sex Family Law

First Admitted: 1998, Ohio

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2006
  • Center for Principled Family Advocacy, President, 2024
  • West Short Bar Association
  • Ohio Women's Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1999
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Past Member, Magnificat High School Alumnae Board
  • State of Ohio, November 1998
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Justinian Forum (Society of Italian-American Legal Professionals)
Educational Background:
  • Cleveland Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1998
  • John Carroll University, University Hts., OH, Bachelor of Arts in English, Magna Cum Laude, 1995
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • In Re P.L., 2019-Ohio-4681 (Eighth District Court of Appeals, 2022)  Summary judgment; Civ.R. 56; paternity; Uniform Parentage Act; R.C. Chapter 3111; acknowledgement of paternity; genetic testing; R.C. 3111.25; R.C. 3111.26; R.C. 3111.27; rescission; R.C. 3111.28; fraud; procedural due process; legislative intent; R.C. 3111.04; standing. The trial court properly granted summary judgment in favor of defendants. Defendants complied with the applicable provisions under R.C. Chapter 3111 in filing their acknowledgment of paternity at the time of the child’s birth. The acknowledgement of paternity had not been rescinded by defendants or modified in any way. As a result, defendants’ acknowledgement of paternity became final and enforceable. Appellant’s action to assert his parental rights and establish paternity, filed more than eight years after the child was born and the acknowledgment of paternity was filed by defendants, was untimely. The relief sought by appellant is not authorized under the current version of R.C. Chapter 3111. Accordingly, defendants were entitled to a judgment as a matter of law.  See related case, In Re K.L., 2022-Ohio-992 (Ninth District Court of Appeals, 2022).  , 2019
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Presenter for Continuing Legal Education Seminar on Custody & Visitation, Parental Alienation, and Recent Developments in Same-Sex Marriage Issues in Ohio, Presenter, Advanced Custody and Support Issues in Ohio, NBI, Inc., 2022
  • Women in the Law, Featured Speaker, 2014
  • Smartphone, Social Media and Email Evidence in Divorce Litigation, Presenter, Legal Ethics: Smartphone, Social Media and Email Evidence, NBI, Inc., 2018
  • Advanced Family Law, Non-Traditional Family Structures And Paternity Disputes, 2012
  • Your Family Law Practice in the 21st Century, Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Orders, 2011
  • NBI, Presenter, Recent Developments in the Rights of Same Sex and Unmarried Couples: Practical Implications, Advanced Custody and Support Issues, 2017

Office location for Cara L. Santosuosso

1991 Crocker Rd
Suite 600
Westlake, OH 44145

Phone: 440-299-7969


6 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2012 - 2013

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