Dissolution of Marriage…What is it?
It is a Contract that I Can Help You Create
Separation is not always one-sided.
There are times when both parties have agreed separation would be in their best interests. You can legally separate, without two lawyers by ‘dissolving’ your marriage.
If you and your spouse have agreed to separate under your own conditions you may file for a Dissolution of Marriage in a very short time and little expense.
I can help you through this process to reach a legal, fair and equitable resolution in a timely manner.
There are many things to consider in preparing your Separation Agreement which will become your legal contract.
- PROPERTY: Real estate, furnishings, vehicles, bank accounts, profit sharing plans, other assets.
- DEBT: Who is responsible for particular debts? What is paid and when?
- SPOUSAL SUPPORT: How much? Who pays who? How long?
Are there children involved?
Ohio requires a Shared Parenting Plan be submitted with you Dissolution Petition. An agreement must be reached concerning
- child support
- parental rights
- medical care
- visitation rights
- responsibility for decision making
- tax exemptions
- Life insurance designee and anything else concerning the child’s needs.
If terms here cannot be agreed upon, divorce is the only option.
If you will consult with me I can help you, objectively, to make these determinations equitably. You will be able to move forward with your lives in a relatively quick and easy way.
Once your Agreement is filed a hearing must take place within 30-90 days. The hearing is short and consists of answering a few questions to make sure you meet the legal requirements, then testify that you are both satisfied with the agreement and you did it voluntarily. You will also agree that all financial debts and assets have been disclosed.
After verifying your signatures they court will approve the Separation Agreement. The judge does have the power to change or even disallow the petition, although this rarely happens.