In Ohio, a marriage can be ended through a divorce or a dissolution. For parties to end their marriage through a dissolution, it is necessary for them to reach agreement on every aspect of their case, including property division, child custody and visitation, child support and spousal support. The agreement is then formalized in writing—usually in the form of a “Separation Agreement.” The Separation Agreement and related documents must be filed with the court, and a judge must affirm the terms. When parties are able to reach such agreements, this is the simplest, most efficient, and respectful way to end a marriage because it can be accomplished quickly, cost-effectively and with confidentiality.
If parties are unable to agree on each and every subject, whether it is the custody of their children, the full division of their assets, child support, spousal support, or other related subjects, then a divorce is the appropriate means to bring finality to the marriage. Although this can sometimes be a time consuming and expensive process, it is often possible to work out mutually amicable solutions without such extensive litigation. With over 30 years of experience and a unique understanding of psychology and its role in the process, our attorneys are well equipped to maximize your results with the most efficient and respectful legal approaches.
Occasionally there are circumstances where a legal separation is the best resolution to the marital relationship. A legal separation is identical to a divorce in that all matters including child custody, division of property, child support, and spousal support are resolved. Instead of ordering a divorce, the court simply issues a Decree of Legal Separation. Technically, the parties are still married but have legal protection for their financial and custodial arrangement. Such a result may be beneficial to parties that have strong religious beliefs that divorce is sinful. This could also be beneficial where one of the parties will have difficulty obtaining health insurance after the divorce.
Finally, a legal separation may also be used temporarily and later converted into a divorce.
With over 30 years of experience and an extensive understanding of psychology, our divorce and dissolution attorneys are well prepared to assist you in the process of finding amicable solutions to even the most complex and complicated divorce situations. When you or your family faces significant family law issues, turn to us to help transition you to a happy, serene, and positive future.
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