Differences between Divorce and Dissolution in Ohio

Published 06/25/18 by Admin


Under Ohio law, a marriage can be ended in two ways: divorce or dissolution. While they may accomplish the same thing, there are several differences between these two legal options. Divorces can also become complicated and difficult, which is why it is a good idea to consult with an experienced Ohio divorce attorney.

Divorce vs Dissolution

In Ohio, dissolution happens when both spouses file a joint petition requesting that the marriage be terminated. Dissolution is only possible when both spouses agree on all issues like division of assets, child custody, and support. Both spouses will also need to appear at the final hearing for the dissolution to be finalized, which usually takes about 30 to 60 days.

In a divorce, one party files a divorce complaint with the court. A divorce usually happens when there are disagreements on issues like support, property division, and visitation. A divorce in Ohio requires that the filing party allege at least one of the grounds listed in the statute such as incompatibility, living separate and apart for more than the last year, adultery, extreme cruelty, or gross neglect of duty.

Is One Option Better Than the Other?

Dissolution may be the best option if both spouses agree on all terms, but this isn’t always the case. When there are disagreements, a divorce proceeding will be necessary to reach a resolution.

If you are considering divorce, consulting with a Cincinnati, Columbus, or Cleveland divorce attorney can help you determine the best strategy to protect your interests. Your attorney will work with you to reach a fair divorce settlement and negotiate the division of assets. The role of an attorney in your divorce will depend on the nature of your relationship with your spouse and issues involved in your divorce. Your divorce lawyer may take an aggressive lead on the divorce or collaborate with your spouse’s attorney if the two of you want to work together but can’t reach an agreement.

Contact Barr, Jones & Associates LLP to schedule a consultation with a divorce attorney to review your options and discuss the best strategy for ending your marriage.