Dissolution of Marriage in Ohio: A No-Fault Approach

Dissolution of marriage is a “no-fault” legal process aimed at ending a marriage. In this amicable procedure, both parties jointly file a petition with the court, seeking termination of their marriage. Before filing, a crucial prerequisite is executing a separation agreement. This agreement addresses property division, spousal support, and, if applicable, child-related matters like parental rights and responsibilities, child support, and visitation.

Key Aspects of Dissolution of Marriage:

  1. Eligibility and Residency: To file a dissolution petition, at least one party must have been an Ohio resident for a minimum of six (6) months before the petition’s submission. The filing is generally done in the county where one party resides.
  2. Separation Agreement: Prior to filing, both parties must have a separation agreement outlining property division and resolving financial matters. If children are involved, the agreement should address custody, support, and visitation.
  3. Hearing and Process: After filing, the court sets a hearing date, typically within 30 to 90 days. During the hearing, both parties must be present. They provide testimony to confirm their voluntary separation, satisfaction with the agreement’s terms, fairness, and mutual desire for marriage termination.
  4. Outcome: If the judge is satisfied, a judgment of dissolution is issued. This makes the separation agreement an official court order, concluding the marriage. Dissolutions are known for their amicability, speed, and cost-effectiveness compared to divorce.
  5. Separation Prior to Filing: While Ohio law does not mandate physical separation before filing for dissolution, certain courts might require it. Some courts could proceed with dissolution even if parties still live together, provided specific circumstances are met.
  6. Attorney Involvement: Each attorney at Thurman and Associates LLC has extensive experience guiding clients through the dissolution process, ensuring a smooth transition from marriage to separate lives.

Dissolution provides a collaborative, mutually agreed-upon means to terminate a marriage, while divorce often arises from disputes requiring court intervention.

Understanding the distinctions between these options is essential.

Our attorneys are equipped to guide you through the dissolution process and address any inquiries you may have. Contact us today for comprehensive assistance and insights.