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.
Contested vs Uncontested Divorce
If a couple is able to come to an agreement about all the major issues (spousal support/alimony, child support, custody and visitation etch.) before trial, that is called an uncontested divorce. However if the couple cannot come to these agreements on their own it is a contested divorce.
Uncontested Divorce in Ohio
In Ohio, the other party has 28 days to respond to a divorce complaint. if that period passed and there is no response, the judge will grant an uncontested divorce.
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.”
How Much does an Uncontested Divorce Cost in Ohio?
In an uncontested divorce, you arrive at your desired outcome without litigation. Dailey Law Offices offers a flat fee rate for uncontested divorce. Conditions that determine the fee for an uncontested divorce are listed below:
- Complexity of the divorce assets and debts that need to be divided
- Whether minor children are involved, custody and support needs
- Level of cooperation on behalf of both spouses
If effective communication is used, then the length of the case will be shortened, which leads to less costs.
- Compared to uncontested divorce, contested divorce is much more expensive. This is due to the necessary time and litigation that is required of contested issues. Contested divorce can last from 6 months to years.
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:
- Willful absence for one or more years
- Extreme cruelty
- Habitual drunkenness
- Gross neglect of duty
- Fraudulent contract
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.
Our Ohio Divorce Lawyers Have Over a Decade of Experience Providing Personal Legal Counsel
Here at Dailey Law Offices in Ohio, we have resolved thousands of divorce cases in Hilliard, Dublin, Columbus, and Franklin County. So if you're looking to put over a decade of legal experience in your corner, contact the experienced divorce lawyers at Dailey Law Offices today!
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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