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Dalma Catherine Grandjean

Divorce and separation Attorney at Dayton, OH

4.3   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 46 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1977
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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    I handle all kinds of divorces with contested issues ranging from custody, alimony, child support, property division, allocation of debt, pension, taxes and real estate . I handle military and overseas divorces and am well versed in jurisdictional issues, the applicable International Hague conventions, USFSPA, SCRA, SBP, CRDP, CRSC and VA waivers. I also practice collaborative law..

    45 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Child custody
    While most of my custody work is in divorce court, I also handle many paternity, custody and support cases in juvenile court between unmarried parents and grandparents as well.

    45 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Government
    I serve as the Law Director for the City of Oakwood, Ohio, and also as the Law Director for the City of Riverside, Ohio. I also serve as the Assistant Law Director for the City of Trotwood, Ohio

    24 years

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Dalma Catherine Grandjean
One S Main St
Suite 1590
Dayton, OH, 45402-1104


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Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced and Compassionate
I hired Dalma for a Divorce with Children that was high conflict at times. Dalma and her staff handled my case with competence and compassion and always made me feel heard. Her staff did an excellent job of communicating important details on my case, and Dalma was always responsive to my messages. She comes with many years of experience and is a well respected attorney in the Domestic Relations court. I trusted her guidance and handling of my case and greatly appreciated the poise and compassion she exhibited throughout my divorce proceeding. Although I hope that I do not have to, I would definitely hire her again!
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Posted by Kevin | May 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Simply Amazing
It seems that I did a terrible job at choosing a mother for my children, but it's hard to regret it since I ended up with two absolutely beautiful and amazing daughters. My children's mother refused to let me see my children during my established parenting time and while Dalma started to get things in order to file for contempt of court, my children's mother filed a bogus protection order, then a motion to modify my parental rights. Dalma and her partner James have been incredible in this ongoing case with their sound advice, knowledge of the law that has pulled me from a state of panic many times now, and their constant availability/communication, day or night. I'm very happy that Dalma turned up and that I moved forward with hiring her, regardless of what the outcome might be.
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Posted by Maggie B. | June 16, 2017
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Best Family Lawyer
Atty Dalma is what all attorneys should strive to be like. Me and my brother hired her for our custody case. Honest, kind, compassionate, and she listens to everyone, very fair. She is always there and her firm if u need an immediate legal advice. She fought for my rights and had the best interest of my child at heart. Very knowledgeable and smart. I feel like atty Dalma helped me in more ways than one. She is willing to go out of her way just to help her client. You get what you pay for, nothing less. She have the best team. From her assistant to her paralegal. I love them. Atty Dalma is indeed one of the best family lawyer in ohio. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by amulet7772000 | January 29, 2015
Thank you
Dear Dalma, Thank you for your wonderful consultation, she explained every thing about my case,l highly recommend her .
Posted by Molly | February 6, 2012
Would highly recommend
Dalma was highly recommended to me by a friends brother for my custody/support case and I was not disappointed. I wanted to get through this with integrity keeping what is best for my children as my main focus. Dalma and her team helped me keep my focus on my kids. She is ethical and integral, I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking divorce/custody/support.
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Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2016
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Review of Dalma Catherine Grandjean
I hired Dalma Grandjean a few years ago to help me with a custody case for my son. His father took me to court to gain custody of him when he was 12 years old. His father was an alcoholic, so I did not want my son to live with his father, because he was very abusive when he was drunk. In fact, my son's father had DUIs on his record, and family members, as well as acquaintances, readily acknowledged he had a drinking problem and would become violent when drunk. She and her company took over $8,000 from me in only three months and I didn't even get the opportunity to have a hearing or to speak in front of the judge. Little did I know, Dalma Grandjean didn't care about the wellbeing of my son, but she absolutely cared about taking my money. After originally taking my case, she handed me over to one of her other lawyers in her firm; I had to explain my case to him and was charged for doing so. I shouldn't have been charged, since it was her responsibility to do the explaining of my case to her employees, not me. When I originally spoke to Dalma about my case, I was told I needed to deposit $2500 as a retainer and she rapidly withdrew each $2500 I deposited with her firm. Again, over $8,000 total in a matter of three months. In those three months, I was not defended and my son was turned over to his father for interim custody. My son was eager to live with his father, because he did not have rules and he wanted to see what it would be like without them. He did not understand the abuse and destructiveness of alcoholism, because I made sure he was never around his father when he was inebriated; I did this to protect him from being killed in an accident or mentally/physically abused. Aren't parents supposed to protect their children? Because Dalma Grandjean took my case and did not take it seriously, my son has suffered many consequences from it. (While raising my son for twelve years, I took him to church every Sunday and raised him to live a life that honored God; the judge was surprised that my son requested he still go to church with me when he lived with his father and she was shocked that he was so polite and smart. The judge also commented before giving my son's father custody, she didn't like many twelve year olds, but she loved my son.) While my son lived with his father, he quit going to church, he fell behind two years in school, of which he has never recovered from, he acquired a drinking problem, and he is not disciplined, due to the lack of boundaries and guidance that comes to be expected when living with someone who is an alcoholic. My son was 12 when he left me to live with his father and returned to live with me when he was 16, but by then he had already been exposed to the lifestyle and was hardened by it. Many nights while living with his father, he stayed with friends because his father was intoxicated, and he was scared to come home; so basically, for much of the time he lived with his father, his friends raised him. It took a while for my son to come back to live with me, because I had rules, but he decided at the age of 16, that it would be best to live with me, after his father beat him in an alcoholic rage. I do not recommend Dalma Grandjean to anyone.
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Response from Dalma Grandjean October 3, 2016
It is disappointing and distressing to me to have a former client post an anonymous review of me four years or more years after I represented her. Of course, I take all cases seriously and care deeply about my client's welfare. I have practiced domestic relations law for over 35 years precisely because I do care about families, children and my clients. I do not know who you are and would have gladly met with you at no charge to discuss your concerns. Unfortunately, it is impossible for me to do so in an anonymous posting. As you know, my firm has a fee agreement that you and I signed. It spells out the terms of our representation and our fee schedules. It sets forth what we bill for and what you should do if you do not agree with the billing (I,e., bring it to our attention). It appears that you never complained about the bill and, therefore, there was no way I could try to address your concerns. I am sorry that your son's experience with his father was so damaging. I am sorry that you did not ever let me know what was happening. I do not know why you did not report his father's mistreatment and neglect to the authorities. If you had contacted me, I would have advised you to do so and given you options to pursue. I wish you and your son the very best.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney/Shareholder
  • BuckelyKing
  • 2020 - Present
  • Law Director
  • City of Riverside, Ohio
  • 2008 - Present
  • Law Director
  • City of Oakwood, Ohio
  • 2003 - 2015
  • Attorney/Shareholder
  • Altick & Corwin Co., L.P.A.
  • 1998 - 2020
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  • University of Dayton School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • University of Dayton
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1967


  • East Dayton Optimists Club
  • President
  • 2012 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation
  • 2009 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • District Representative, Council of Delegates
  • 2005 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member of Family Law Section
  • 1977 - Present
  • Dayton Bar Association
  • Former Chair of Family Law Committee
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Stanley Greenburg Family Law Forum
  • President
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, Family Law Committee
  • 2005 - 2009
  • International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA)
  • Member
  • 2002 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • Hungarian

Honors and Awards

  • Summa Cum Laude
  • University of Dayton School of Law
  • 1977


Speaking Engagements

  • Civil and Stalking Protection Orders
  • An Attorney's Perspective
  • 2013
  • Annual Family Law Seminar
  • Ethical Fee Agreements
  • 2013
  • Divorce Law Update
  • Military Pension Division
  • 2008
  • Annual Domestic Relations Update
  • International Service of Process
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (19)
Endorse Dalma
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dalma Grandjean is exremely articulate intelligent, and well-prepared. She has intricate knowledge of the complex areas of family law - divorce, separation, and child custody. I highly recommend her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mrs. Grandjean. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact her for help first."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent and well respected attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Grandjean is a top lawyer and always represents her clients zealously."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Government Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is very well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I could say so much about Dalma. In sum, she is the best of the best! I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I regularly refer cases and matters to Ms. Grandjean. Particularly matters beyond he scope of my knowledge and experience, Ms. Grandjean is an excellent attorney, and--moreover--she is an expert. Period."
Family Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Dalma Grandjean is the model for what a Family Law practitioner should be."
Government Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dalma is a dedicated attorney, who aggressively advocates for her clients. She is detailed-oriented, and has a wide breadth of knowledge and experience in various family law matters. I highly recommend her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Dalma. She is a renowned lawyer and advocate."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Dalma is an outstanding family lawyer!"
Family Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Grandjean is a "top-notch" family law attorney! She is extremely well respected by judges and colleagues alike. As a fellow divorce lawyer, if I have a conflict in representation, I regularly refer folks to Dalma. She is an excellent advocate, professional, and knows her stuff! I gladly endorse her!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer wholeheartedly. She is a strong advocate for her clients and understands Domestic Relations Law extremely well. I have known her and known of her excellent reputation for probably at least a decade. If you have a divorce or domestic relations question, she is your answer. If you are anywhere near her office, I highly recommend her to you."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She constantly fights for her clients and achieves great results through diligent work."
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