Dissolution of Marriage in Ohio

Phyllis G. Bossin & Associates, A Legal Professional Association, in Cincinnati provides the highest quality of legal representation in dissolution of marriage cases. We represent clients in the Ohio counties of Hamilton, Clermont and Warren as well as other surrounding counties and the Kentucky counties of Boone, Kenton and Campbell.

Ohio dissolution of marriage. In Ohio, dissolution of marriage is a legal alternative to divorce, and is utilized when the parties are able to reach a full resolution of all matters related to parenting, child and spousal support, and property division without judicial intervention.

After both parties have signed a separation agreement, and, if appropriate, a shared parenting plan, a petition for dissolution of marriage is filed with the court, asking the court to approve the separation agreement and any parenting agreements that have been entered into. There are no grounds in dissolution.

Many people perceive that dissolution of marriage is faster and less costly than a divorce. This is not necessarily the case. The same information gathering is necessary in dissolution as in a divorce. Property must be valued, documents obtained, parenting resolved, etc. Negotiations must take place on each of these issues. Only after there has been full disclosure and valuation of all of the assets can an agreement be reached.

Generally speaking, both parties are represented by counsel in dissolution. Many people believe that only one lawyer is required in dissolution and that both parties can be represented by the same attorney, but that is absolutely not the case. In fact, an attorney can only represent one party. A party can choose to waive his or her right to counsel, but he or she will have to sign a written waiver of the right to counsel.

Once the petition for dissolution is filed, the marriage can be dissolved in no fewer than 30 days and no more than 90 days. However, many months can be spent negotiating the settlement. For this reason, it is not necessarily faster to proceed by this method.

There are many benefits to seeking dissolution, as opposed to a divorce. Pursuing dissolution can allow parties to maintain greater control over the timeline and outcome of their case, rather than risking leaving decisions in the hands of a magistrate or judge who is required to resolve your case in a certain timeframe.

There can also be risks associated with dissolution by foregoing early judicial interventions that can be offered by filing for divorce. Our experienced attorneys can evaluate your case in detail to determine whether attempting to resolve all your issues through dissolution of marriage is a viable option for you.

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