COLUMBUS, OHIO DIVORCE AND CUSTODY ATTORNEY
Divorce And Dissolution

Divorce & Dissolution Attorney in Franklin

Compassionate Legal Support for Marriage Divorce & Dissolution

If you are considering divorce or are currently in the throes of this difficult legal battle, you deserve caring, affordable legal assistance. I understand that it is challenging to reach the decision to bring your marriage to an end—which is why I am here to guide you through the process.

Why Choose My Divorce & Dissolution Firm?

  • Effective & Affordable Representation
  • Compassionate and Knowledgeable Counsel
  • Quick and Peaceful Solutions
  • Free, 30-Minute Consultation to Discuss Your Case

I understand how emotionally and physically taxing a divorce can be on everyone involved, which is why it is my goal to ensure your case is resolved as amicably as possible. I believe in building strong relationships with my clients, especially during their time of need.

Call (614) 426-8720 or contact me today to schedule your free 30-minute consultation.

Know Your Legal Options

While you may feel alone during this stressful time, we are here for you. No matter how many questions or concerns you may have, it is our job to ensure you feel confident about your divorce case.

There are various types of divorce I handle include:

An uncontested divorce occurs when a couple agrees on a majority of divorce terms but still needs assistance from a judge to completely agree on the terms of their divorce. This type of divorce is often faster than contested divorces and is more affordable. A contested divorce occurs when one or both partners do not agree to the divorce terms, so the terms of the separation must be resolved before a judge or magistrate. This process can take anywhere between a year and 18 months.

What Is a Divorce and Dissolution of Marriage?

In the State of Ohio, a divorce and dissolution of marriage is considered a non-adversarial, no-fault process used to legally end a marriage. A divorce and dissolution of marriage is more affordable and faster than contested and uncontested divorces, but it is only ideal for those who can amicably reach an agreement on divorce issues.

Such matters include:

  • Division of property
  • Allocation of marital debt
  • Allocation of parental rights and responsibilities

A divorce and dissolution of marriage has the same legal effect as a divorce but avoids conflict and confrontation between the two divorcing individuals.

Filing Requirements & Procedure

If you are considering a divorce and dissolution of marriage, you or your spouse must be a resident of the State of Ohio for at least six months prior to filing the petition. However, before this petition is filed, you and your spouse must sign a separation agreement that allows for the division of all real and personal property and covers spousal support requirements, parental rights, and any other issues related to marriage.

The separation agreement must be attached to the petition, which needs to be signed by both parties and filed in a court within a county where one or both spouses reside. Once the petition is filed, a hearing date is established by the court. If the judge approves, a judgment will be entered, making the divorce and dissolution an official order of the court.

How Can You End a Marriage in Ohio?

The three most common ways to end a marriage in Ohio include: divorce, dissolution, and annulment. During a divorce, a judge will make a judgment that declares that the marriage is over if it finds that certain grounds for divorce existed. In dissolution, fault is not determined and both spouses must agree on the terms of their dissolution. An annulment recognizes a marriage as invalid and that the couple was never married.

How Do I File for Divorce in Ohio?

The first step to filing for divorce in Ohio is to ensure you have secured the counsel of an experienced divorce attorney. Once this has been done, you will need to complete your paperwork. Here are the additional steps you will need to take to file for divorce:

  • File a complaint for divorce, request for service, affidavit of income and expenses, an affidavit of property, and a parenting proceeding affidavit (if applicable)
  • If you choose dissolution, file your petition for the dissolution of marriage along with your financial disclosure affidavit, affidavit of property, and other paperwork as is required
  • Serve your spouse with copies of all the divorce documents (you can hire a service to do this)
  • The court will schedule a hearing between 30 and 90 days from the date of filing

What Are the Grounds for Divorce in Ohio?

Ohio allows both fault-based and no-fault divorce. If you would like to file a no-fault divorce, you can cite incompatibility or that you and your spouse have been living apart for at least 1 year as your reason. If you are going to file for a fault-based divorce, you will do so on one of the following grounds:

  • Adultery
  • Bigamy
  • Willful absence of at least 1 year
  • Gross neglect of duty (failing to financially support your spouse)
  • Extreme cruelty
  • Habitual drunkenness
  • Fraudulent contract
  • Imprisonment (if one spouse goes to prison)

If you would like to pursue a no-fault divorce and you and your spouse can agree on all matters pertaining to property division and child custody, you could choose dissolution of marriage.

Schedule a Consultation Today

Do not wait until you are feeling completely overwhelmed by the divorce process to hire a Franklin County divorce lawyer. Contact my office today to schedule a free 30-minute consultation. I am here to discuss your specific situation prior to determining the best plan of action.

Use the online form or call (614) 426-8720 to reach my office today for a free 30-minute review of your case.

Why Choose Catherine M. White

  • Effective and Affordable Representation

  • Compassionate and Knowledgeable Counsel

  • Quick and Peaceful Solutions

  • Helping You Get the Closure You Need