What is Dissolution?

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Deciding to end a marriage is extremely difficult. Furthermore, there are multiple options and paths you can take when finalizing a split. People commonly know of the traditional divorce process, where spouses can go to court if necessary. However, there are other options for separation where courts are not involved at all. Dissolution of marriage is one of these options in Ohio.

If you are unsure if dissolution is right for you, Law Offices of William L. Geary can provide a thorough explanation of the process. We are here to help you make the best decision for you and your family.

Dissolution Defined

Sometimes, individuals will interchangeably use the terms “divorce” and “dissolution.” However, the two terms have different legal connotations. While both refer to the process of ending a marriage, the steps to completion differ.

Dissolution refers to the legal process in which a couple terminates their marriage; however, there is no requirement for fault grounds. The “grounds” for ending the marriage are “irreconcilable differences.” Because of this, many individuals think of dissolution as another form of uncontested divorce.

What Makes Dissolution Unique?

Where you can file for divorce and then work on components such as child support and custody, or have a court rule on them, you must enter into a dissolution with these elements already discussed, agreed to, and in place. Essentially, you and your spouse must be able to communicate effectively on these issues, reaching sound compromises that benefit both parties.

Without the courts involved, it can become more difficult to reach desired outcomes. However, you can still reach out to experienced attorneys or mediators for assistance in the process. Law Offices of William L. Geary is a resource that can help you determine how to make decisions that work for everyone involved.

The Hearing

Once the parties reach an agreement, they can file their dissolution petition with the courts. After this takes place, there must be a court hearing within 30 to 90 days. At the hearing, both spouses have to be present and agree to the terms reached in their agreement. This process includes having signatures, disclosing important information, and having the agreement approved by the court.

Going With Dissolution Doesn’t Mean Going Alone

Just because you are opting to proceed with dissolution over traditional divorce methods, it does not mean you have to lose the guidance of an experienced attorney. Law Offices of William L. Geary is here to provide you with sound advice in all areas, such as property division, custody, or support payments. We can help make sure that the courts approve your petition for dissolution.

If you need assistance proceeding with dissolution, contact Law Offices of William L. Geary today at (614) 289-1227 to speak with our attorneys.

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