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Dissolution of Marriage in Ohio

Updated: February 20, 2020
Lauren Davenport
By Lauren Davenport

After graduating from the University of Dayton School of Law, Lauren spent eight years practicing law at a general practice firm in Dayton. Lauren is also a Member of the School Board for Summit Academy Community School and Summit Academy Transition High School in Dayton. Lauren leads the family law practice at Gounaris Abboud, LPA.

dissolution in ohio

In Ohio, the dissolution of marriage is a quick and efficient way to end a marriage.

For many couples, dissolution is a desirable alternative to a contentious divorce proceeding.

Like a divorce, dissolution terminates the legal contract of marriage.

However, if the parties can agree on all terms of their separation, they can avoid going to court.

Instead, by filing jointly for dissolution, a couple can avoid much of the time, hassle, and expense of the traditional divorce process.

If you think that dissolution is a possible solution for your divorce, contact our divorce lawyers in Dayton, Ohio today. We will discuss the specifics of your situation and advise you on the most advantageous legal move.


What Does It Mean to Get a Dissolution of Marriage in Ohio?

The result of an Ohio dissolution is the termination of the legal status of wedlock. Getting a divorce leads to the same outcome, but the path is not nearly as smooth.

In both divorce and dissolution, the law recognizes that a marriage once existed but no longer does.

In contrast, an annulment declares that a marriage was invalid and, as a result, the marriage never existed.

The primary difference between divorce and dissolution is a fault. Dissolution is a no-fault solution in that the parties are not required to cite grounds for the separation. In a divorce proceeding, one party cites grounds against the other as the reason for their breakup.


Who Should Seek an Ohio Dissolution?

A dissolution is an option only for those couples who can successfully negotiate the terms of their separation in advance. They must also file their petition for dissolution jointly.

If the parties cannot meet these objectives, their only alternative is to file for divorce.


How Do You Get a Dissolution of Marriage?

Before filing for dissolution, the parties must voluntarily negotiate and enter into a written separation agreement. The separation agreement typically addresses:

  • How financial assets and personal property will be divided;
  • The amount and duration of any spousal support;
  • Allocation of parental rights;
  • Child custody arrangements;
  • The amount and duration of any child support; and
  • The disposition of any joint debts.

The separation agreement may also address any other outstanding or material issues of the marriage.

Once the parties execute the separation agreement, they must file it with their county’s domestic relations court.

At the same time, they must file a petition of dissolution along with full financial disclosure.

The court will schedule a hearing at which both parties will testify to their agreement with the dissolution filing.

To get a dissolution in Ohio, you must have been a state resident for at least six months. You must also have been a county resident for 90 days before you file.

Finally, you must have been separated from your spouse for 30 days prior to filing your petition for dissolution.


How Long Does It Take for Dissolution in Ohio?

Once you file your separation agreement and petition for dissolution, the county must schedule your hearing for at least 30 days but not more than 90 days from the filing date.

If the hearing judge agrees with the terms of your filing, the court will enter a judgment for dissolution immediately.

Should You Talk to an Ohio Dissolution Attorney?

Ohio does not require you to be represented by an attorney to file for dissolution. However, consulting with an attorney helps ensure that your interests are protected.

Gounaris Abboud, LPA provides compassionate representation for all Ohio family law matters, including divorce and marriage dissolution. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, contact us online today, or by calling 937-222-1515.

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