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A dissolution, like a divorce, terminates a marriage. In order for your marriage to be terminated via dissolution, you and your spouse must reach an agreement on all relevant issues, including the division of marital assets and debts, spousal support (if any), custody, and child support. The dissolution process is typically quicker and less expensive than a divorce, assuming both parties are on the same page. Generally, you can avoid prolonging the dissolution process by discussing the relevant issues with your spouse prior to meeting with your attorney.
A common misconception is that one attorney is able to represent both parties in a dissolution. It is advisable that each party retain their own attorney in the dissolution, however, it is not required. Oftentimes one party chooses to proceed unrepresented.
The parties to the dissolution have to be residents of the state of Ohio for 6 months prior to the filing of the dissolution. Without the 6 month residency require being met, Ohio courts lack jurisdiction to terminate your marriage.
Once the parties have reached an agreement to all relevant issues, the agreement will be reduced to writing. This is what is referred to as the Separation Agreement. If there are children involved and you agree to share custody, a Shared Parenting Plan will also be prepared. Once signed by both parties, the Separation Agreement, and Shared Parenting Plan if applicable, can be filed with the Court along with a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.
Once the necessary documents are filed, the matter will be set for hearing. Both parties are required to attend the hearing. Failure of one of the parties to attend will prevent the Court from being able to grant the parties their requested dissolution of marriage. Additionally, if children are involved, the parties will need to complete the court’s approved parenting seminar before the final hearing. Failure to do so may result in the matter being continued to a later date.
If you want to achieve a dissolution that offers you the protection and peace of mind you deserve as you begin this new phase of your life, choose Kirkland & Sommers Co. LPA. Our firm only practices in the areas of divorce and family law and our attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience. You can rest assured that the attorney handling your case is well educated and focused on your legal needs. Of the five attorneys at Kirkland & Sommers Co. LPA, two are members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the highest achievement that a divorce and family law attorney can achieve in their career. Our firm also has four attorneys that are Certified Specialists in the practice of Family Law. Through the ever changing landscape of divorce and family law, our expert divorce and family law attorneys are on hand to guide you through this difficult time.