Hilliard Uncontested Divorce Lawyer
How does uncontested divorce work in Ohio?
In Ohio, spouses can avoid lengthy and pricey courtroom battles by choosing the uncontested divorce option. With uncontested divorce, couples are promising to come to an agreement on all the essential issues, such as custody and alimony, without needing a judge’s intervention to resolve their disputes.
How long does it take to get an uncontested divorce in Ohio?
Due to the simplification of these cases, most are submitted to the family law court within a matter of days. Rather than taking a year or more to reach a resolution, as some contested divorce cases can go, uncontested divorce cases are usually resolved within a few months. This is why uncontested divorce is often referred to as “the quick divorce.”
The Cost of Uncontested Divorce in Ohio
The unpredictability of hourly fee arrangements, coupled with an uncertain end date can spell disaster for your pocketbook. That’s why uncontested divorce is such a favorable option for many Ohioans. With uncontested divorce, you arrive at your desired outcome without litigation. There is a flat fee, and this fee differs only by the specifics of your case, rather than on case length. One of the biggest factors that could determine the flat fee of your uncontested divorce case is whether you and your spouse have children together.
Ohio Uncontested Divorce Forms
Ohio’s uncontested divorce forms can be found on the Supreme Court of Ohio’s website. The forms included on the website are for:
- Divorce without children
- Divorce with children
- Dissolution without children
- Dissolution with children
You can also find forms for modifying an existing family law decision, such as parenting time and child support. It is important to note that none of these forms supply instructions or advice, which is why you should seek counsel from a family law attorney before attempting to fill out and file these forms on your own.
What is the difference between a dissolution and an uncontested divorce?
According to the Ohio State Bar Association, divorce and dissolution are completely separate processes. If you want to seek a divorce in Ohio, you have to show fault. If you do not want to show fault (aka “no fault divorce”), you will have to pursue the dissolution option.
Fault grounds for divorce in Ohio:
- Willful absence for one or more years
- Extreme cruelty
- Habitual drunkenness
- Gross neglect of duty
- Fraudulent contract
To file for divorce in Ohio, you not only have to state a grounds for divorce, but you must also have a witness to support that claim.
Dissolution is essentially Ohio’s no-fault divorce. Unlike divorce petitions, dissolution petitions are not filed until the spouses have reached an agreement on all pertinent issues. This substantially speeds up the process.
To recap, in Ohio:
- Divorce = fault must be shown
- Dissolution = no fault
What these two do have in common is that, once finalized, the marriage is ended.
How long does it take to get a dissolution in Ohio?
Since all the debating and deciding has taken place prior to filing for a dissolution in Ohio, a hearing will take place, no-fail, within 30-90 days of filing. This single court appearance involves each spouse stating their agreement with all the terms of the dissolution.
Interested in pursuing an uncontested dissolution or divorce in Ohio? Contact a Hilliard divorce lawyer at our firm today! We can represent divorces throughout Franklin County.