Filing for Divorce in Ohio

If you or your spouse are considering divorce, you must understand the divorce process in Ohio.

At Gounaris Abboud, we provide professional and experienced representation to our clients during the divorce process. An Ohio divorce lawyer at our firm can answer any questions you might have today.

In the meantime, we want to give you with more information about filing for divorce in Ohio.

Filing for Divorce in Ohio

Under Ohio law (Ohio Rev. Code § 3105.17), the divorce process begins when one spouse files a complaint for divorce.

Ohio is one of a few states in the U.S. that recognizes fault-based divorce. When one party files for divorce, that party must state a fault-based ground for divorce or the “no-fault” option. The “no-fault” divorce option is only possible if both parties agree to the divorce. When both parties agree to the “no-fault” option, the process is a “dissolution of marriage.”

Fault-Based Versus No-Fault Grounds for Divorce in Ohio

According to the Ohio Revised Code, the following are possible causes for divorce:

  • Either party had a spouse living at the time of the marriage;
  • Willful absence of the adverse party for one year (abandonment);
  • Adultery;
  • Extreme cruelty;
  • Fraudulent contract;
  • Any gross neglect of duty;
  • Habitual intoxication; or
  • Incompatibility, unless denied by either party (“no-fault” option).

If one of the parties files a petition for divorce based on incompatibility and the other party agrees, then this is a “no-fault” divorce option. If the parties have lived apart for at least one year from the date of the divorce complaint, there is no need to claim fault. When a party cites a fault-based ground for divorce, property division, alimony, and other matters in the divorce process might be affected.

Contact a Divorce Attorney in Ohio

Do you have questions about the divorce process in Ohio? An Ohio divorce attorney at our firm can assist you.

Contact Gounaris Abboud today for more information.

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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.

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