Columbus Dissolution of Marriage Attorneys
In the event that you and your spouse agree to terminate your marital relationship, and are able to reach agreements on all relevant issues, you may be able to proceed with either a dissolution or an uncontested divorce. This means that you and your spouse would need to reach agreements about parenting your children, support payments, property division, debt repayment, spousal support and any other issues that are of importance to the two of you.
At Farlow & Associates, LLC, our Columbus dissolution of marriage lawyers offer client-focused legal representation. We have extensive experience handling a wide range of divorce and dissolution issues. To discuss your options, please contact our law firm.
What Is the Difference Between a Dissolution and an Uncontested Divorce?
The uncontested divorce and dissolution processes are very similar. In a dissolution of marriage, you and your spouse must file a joint petition requesting termination of your marriage. Unlike in a divorce, fault is not considered. An uncontested divorce reaches the same result but through slightly different means.
If you and your spouse are both available to attend a final hearing in court, then you may be able to proceed with a dissolution. If only one of you will be able to attend a final court hearing, then you may want to consider an uncontested divorce; for this option, one of you would need to attend a final court hearing with a character witness.
When Can Divorcing Spouses Obtain a Dissolution?
In order to dissolve your marriage in Ohio, you must:
- Reside in the state of Ohio for at least six months prior to the filing of a petition for dissolution,
- Reside in the county in which you file the paperwork for at least 90 days prior to the filing of the petition
- File certain documents with the clerk of courts for the domestic relations court in your county, including a full financial disclosure form
- Be separated from your spouse for at least 30 days prior to the final hearing in your case
There are possible exceptions to several of these requirements. To learn more, please speak with an experienced Columbus dissolution of marriage lawyer.
When Can Divorcing Spouses Obtain an Uncontested Divorce?
Similar to a dissolution, an uncontested divorce allows parties to move quickly through the process and obtain a divorce without the time and expense of a contested divorce. This is an effective method for couples who are separated and live in different states, or even different countries.
You can get an uncontested divorce in Ohio if you:
- Reside in the state of Ohio for at least six months prior to the filing of a complaint for divorce
- Reside in the county in which you file the complaint for at least 90 days prior to the filing of the complaint
- File certain affidavits with the clerk of court for the domestic relations court in your county, including a full financial disclosure form
Far too often, couples start the uncontested divorce process only to find out that there are disagreements. Our Dublin, Ohio, uncontested divorce attorneys can help you through any disagreement, whether that means negotiating an effective resolution with the other party or bringing your case to court.
A separation agreement tailored to your unique situation can be incorporated into either a dissolution or a divorce. Our attorneys can assist you in drafting a separation agreement once we have received certain basic data from you.
Contact Our Dublin, Ohio, Uncontested Divorce Lawyers
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