In Ohio, there are three options for ending a marriage. Couples can either choose divorce, dissolution or annulment. While the first two options are relatively common, the third is considered rare.
One of the primary benefits of seeking a dissolution of your marriage in Ohio is because it allows the two of you to walk away from it without publicly stating the reasons you decided to do so.
Couples are eligible for a dissolution of their marriage in Ohio only if they've been able to reach an agreement as to how share parenting time, split up property and any support they intend to pay one another before they file. Both parties to the couple filing a petition for a dissolution of their marriage must have resided in the state of Ohio during the six months prior to their filing as well.
As part of the process of filing a petition for the dissolution of a marriage, couples must also draft a separation agreement. This will list all debts and assets and how each spouse will take responsibility for them. Divorcing couples are also required to document how they intend to split up child-rearing responsibilities, including sharing custody in this agreement.
Whether any child or spousal support will be exchanged between the two spouses, including the amount and terms for payment, should also be included in this.
Hearings regarding the dissolution of marriages in Ohio are generally held within 30 to 90 days after the initial filing is made. Spouses may even be eligible for a hearing within less than 30 days if they can prove that they've already completed the collaborative family law requirements.
At that hearing, it's required that both spouses be present. They must each bring a copy of the separation agreement for a judge to review and sign. Once he or she places his signature on the document, then then a decree order will go into effect.
If you or your ex are committed to ending your marriage and in reasonable agreement as to the grounds on which you intend to do so, then a Westerville attorney can provide guidance in your legal matter.
Source: Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court, "Dissolution of marriage," accessed April 20, 2018