With more than 50 years of combined experience practicing family law in Ohio, our family law attorneys having a great deal of experience guiding clients through the process and helping them make sound, informed decisions. We understand the future is at stake and we will work hard to protect your rights and your future.
There are many different issues to address in the termination of a marriage. Who keeps the house? Who has custody of the children? Who gets the retirement accounts? We can help you answer these questions and others concerning the equitable division of property, spousal support (alimony), and issues affecting your children such as custody, visitation and child support.
In Ohio, termination of marriage can be achieved through two legal processes: Divorce or dissolution:
- Divorce is a lawsuit commenced by one spouse against the other. In a divorce, couples may agree on some issues, and have sharp, contentious disagreements on others. If a disagreement cannot be resolved through negotiation and settlement, those disagreements will be decided by a judge or a magistrate. Our attorneys recognize that every case is different, and we will work to create a plan of action that is best suited to your individual circumstances.
- Dissolution is generally faster, less expensive and less contentious than divorce. Also, dissolution puts decision-making in the hands of the people involved, not judges. In order to obtain a dissolution, couples must agree on every legal issue related to the termination of the marriage such as property division, alimony, child custody and child support. In a dissolution, only incompatibility needs to be stated as the legal ground.