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Remember that this is just a general overview, and divorce can be a complex and emotional process.

It’s highly recommended to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Ohio to ensure you understand the specific requirements and steps in your case.

  • Consult with an Attorney

    It’s a good idea to consult with an experienced divorce attorney in Ohio who can guide you through the process, explain your rights and options, and help you understand the legal implications.

  • Meet Residency Requirements

    Ohio has residency requirements that you must meet before filing for divorce. Typically, you or your spouse must have lived in Ohio for at least six months before filing.

  • Gather Important Documents

    Collect relevant documents such as financial records, property deeds, bank statements, tax returns, and information about assets and debts. These will be necessary for property division and support considerations.

  • Decide on Grounds for Divorce

    Ohio allows for both fault and no-fault grounds for divorce. Common grounds include incompatibility, living separately or apart for at least one year, and extreme cruelty. You’ll need to decide which grounds to use in your case.

  • File the Complaint

    The spouse initiating the divorce (the plaintiff) must file a Complaint for Divorce with the appropriate court in the county where either spouse resides. We will provide you with the necessary forms to file.

  • Serve the Other Spouse

    After filing, the court will serve the divorce papers to the other spouse (the defendant). This can typically be done through a process server or by certified mail.

  • Response and Counterclaims

    The defendant has a specific period of time to respond to the divorce complaint. They may also file counterclaims or their own requests.

  • Negotiate and Reach Agreements

    Both spouses will likely need to work through various issues such as property division, parenting issues, child support, and spousal support. You can negotiate these matters privately or with the help of attorneys, mediators, or collaborative divorce professionals.

  • Attend Court Hearings

    Depending on your situation and any disputes, you may need to attend court hearings. These could relate to temporary orders, settlement conferences, pretrials or trial proceedings.

  • Finalize the Divorce

    Once all issues are resolved, the court will issue a final divorce decree, which legally ends your marriage.

Considering divorce?

 The attorneys At Thurman and Associates LLC are here to help you navigate the process.

Contact us today for more information and personalized guidance.