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Grounds on which you can request a divorce in Ohio

In Ohio, couples have two choices for legally ending their marriage. They can pursue either a dissolution or divorce. Unless a couple has been living apart from one another for an entire year at the time of their filing, then at least one of the spouses must claim that their ex is "at fault" for the demise of the marriage.

Spouses hoping to get divorced in Ohio can't simply cite just any reason for wishing to get a divorce. Instead, they must select a legally acceptable one, as stated in Title 31: Domestic Relations of the Ohio Revised Code of 1994.

A husband or wife that's engaged in adultery or has inflicted acts of extreme cruelty on his or her spouse may be deemed to be at fault for the demise of the marriage. Any spouse that has a tendency to become intoxicated on a regular basis may give his or her husband or wife a valid reason to file for divorce as well.

If a spouse has abandoned his or her responsibilities as husband or wife to include becoming imprisoned in either a state or federal detention facility, then he or she may be considered to be at fault for the demise of the marriage.

Husbands or wives who purposefully have deceived their spouses into getting married under fraudulent pretenses may provide them with the necessary grounds to seek a divorce in Ohio.

Any instance in which a marriage has had a divorce ordered by a judge in another jurisdiction would give way to an Ohio judge upholding a petitioner's request for a divorce in this state as well.

The final grounds upon which a spouse can petition a judge for a divorce in Ohio is to cite any incompatibilities the two of you may have. Provided that neither one of you denies those cited, these can serve as the necessary grounds for you to terminate your marriage.

If you're separated from your husband or wife and are ready to put an end to your marriage, then a Westerville divorce attorney can advise you as to what steps you may want to take to do so.

Source: LAWriter Ohio Laws and Rules, "Chapter 3105: Divorce, Alimony, Annulment, Dissolution of Marriage," accessed May 04, 2018

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