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Guiding Clients Through Uncontested Divorce in Ohiocouple getting divorced

Spouses can avoid lengthy and pricey courtroom battles by choosing a flat fee divorce in Columbus Ohio. 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.”

What is the Cost of an Uncontested Divorce in Ohio?

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. These specifics include:

  • The legal complexities involved in the case such as the amount of assets to be divided.
  • Whether minor children are involved. Custody & support battles can become long and intense.
  • If both spouses can come together mutually on the specifics of the case. If effective communication is used, then the length of the case will be shortened, which leads to less costs.

Contested divorces have a tendency to last much longer, as the issues between each spouse are rarely agreed upon. The costs of contested divorces naturally will be higher, since the duration to finalize the divorce will extend for months, sometimes years. High-net worth divorces, and those with hidden assets, are usually much longer and more expensive in nature.

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:

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.

Divorce vs Dissolution in Ohio

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:

  • Adultery
  • Willful absence for one or more years
  • Extreme cruelty
  • Habitual drunkenness
  • Gross neglect of duty
  • Fraudulent contract
  • Imprisonment

Is Ohio a No-Fault State For Divorce?

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 lawyer at our firm today! We can represent divorces throughout Franklin County.

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