Compared to an engagement or expecting a child, divorce has a looser timeline. Some divorces are emotionally unpleasant to the people going through it. Fortunately, the Ohio court system makes the divorce process today much easier than it was in the past.

The Buckeye State’s revised legal code requires people to live in Ohio for at least six months before they can apply for a divorce there. In addition, many counties require residents to have established homes for three months before they can file the paperwork at the proper county’s courthouse.

The simplest form of divorce is one in which both parties want to end the marriage and agree on the specific terms. These terms include (but may not be limited to) property division, alimony from one spouse the other and child custody arrangements when a married couple has minor children.

Property and asset arrangements between separating spouses can begin with an affidavit of income and property, in which each spouse lists their property and expectations of money coming in. These forms are transmitted to the court, often by each spouse’s legal representation.

Some information about children may also be required, including any specific needs that custody arrangements must consider. Parents may be asked to attend a parenting seminar to prepare them for post-divorce life.

The right attorney can be a valuable ally to divorcing spouses by handling these details and representing a client’s interests in family court and during negotiations with the other party. An attorney can help alleviate the stress that comes along with divorce and give you some important perspective about each of your choices as you move forward.