Columbus Divorce Lawyer

Guiding Clients Through Divorce in Ohio

Navigating the complexities of divorce requires experience, compassion, and a deep understanding of Ohio family law. At the Law Offices of William L. Geary Co., L.P.A., we provide dedicated legal counsel to clients facing divorce in Columbus and throughout Ohio. Our team is committed to helping individuals achieve fair resolutions and move forward with their lives.

Call the Law Offices of William L. Geary Co., L.P.A. today at (614) 289-1227 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our divorce attorney in Columbus!

What is Divorce?

Divorce is a legal process that formally ends a marriage. It involves resolving issues such as asset division, child custody, and support obligations. Our firm assists clients in understanding their rights and responsibilities throughout this emotional and often challenging journey.

The divorce process is highly emotional, especially in the beginning. Our clients often report sadness, anger, regret, betrayal, and other complicated emotions. While you are feeling emotional, you are making decisions that will impact your and your children's lives for many years into the future. We provide caring legal representation to guide you through the process to avoid making decisions that do not serve your best interests.

What are the Different Types of Divorce?

When going through a divorce, it's essential to understand the different options available to you. At Law Offices of William L. Geary Co., L.P.A., our experienced Columbus divorce attorneys can guide you through the various types of divorce and help you choose the best approach for your unique situation.

Here are some common types of divorce:

  • Contested Divorce: In a contested divorce, both parties cannot agree on critical issues such as child custody, property division, or spousal support. This type of divorce often requires litigation and can be more time-consuming and costly.
  • Uncontested Divorce: An uncontested divorce occurs when both parties can agree on all aspects of the divorce, including child custody, property division, and support. This type of divorce is typically faster and less expensive.
  • Collaborative Divorce: In a collaborative divorce, both parties work with their respective attorneys to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. This approach focuses on open communication and problem-solving rather than litigation.
  • Mediated Divorce: In a mediated divorce, a neutral third party, known as a mediator, helps facilitate discussions between the divorcing couple to reach a settlement. This type of divorce allows for more control over the outcome and can be less adversarial.

Our skilled divorce attorneys can evaluate your specific circumstances and help you determine the type of divorce that most suits you. Contact us today to arrange a consultation and get the guidance you need during this challenging time.

Divorce Requirements in Ohio

In Ohio, specific requirements must be met to file for divorce:

  • Residency: At least one spouse must have lived in Ohio for at least six months before filing.
  • Jurisdiction: The court where the divorce is filed must have jurisdiction over both parties.

Understanding these requirements is crucial, and our attorneys provide thorough guidance to meet all legal criteria.

Is Ohio a No-Fault Divorce State?

Yes, Ohio permits no-fault divorces, meaning couples can seek divorce without blaming either party. Common reasons cited include incompatibility or irreconcilable differences. This approach often streamlines the divorce process, focusing on resolving financial and custodial matters rather than assigning fault.

Divorce Process in Ohio

The divorce process in Ohio typically follows these steps:

  • Filing: One spouse files a complaint for divorce with the appropriate court.
  • Temporary Orders: If needed, temporary orders for child custody, support, or restraining orders may be issued.
  • Discovery: Both parties exchange information on assets, debts, and other relevant matters.
  • Negotiation: Attorneys negotiate terms regarding property division, child custody, and support.
  • Settlement or Trial: If parties reach an agreement, it is formalized in a settlement. Otherwise, the case may proceed to trial, where a judge will decide unresolved issues.
  • Final Decree: Once the court agrees upon or decides terms, a final divorce decree is issued, legally ending the marriage.

Our firm advocates for our client’s best interests at every stage, offering strategic counsel and diligent representation.

How Long Does a Divorce Take in Ohio?

The length of each divorce in Ohio will differ because of the variables in each divorce. Some divorces are quick and uncomplicated, but others will take longer because of complicated issues regarding property division, support, and/or custody.

However, once a couple files for divorce, there is a 30-day waiting period before the court will hear the case. The court must hear the case within 90 days of filing.

Although marriage starts with great optimism for the future, things don’t always happen as planned. When divorce becomes inevitable, a few options exist for ending a marriage, such as divorce proceedings, mediation, and annulment. At Law Offices of William L. Geary, our Columbus divorce lawyers work to make the process less stressful and emotionally draining for our clients. We have decades of experience guiding clients through the divorce process.

Understanding Dissolution in Ohio

A dissolution in Ohio is filed when a couple agrees on all the matters about their divorce, such as support and custody. If the couple cannot agree, they must file for divorce and contest the issues in court. However, if they have already agreed on how to decide these issues, then they can file for a dissolution. Since this process is less complicated, it is typically a faster and less expensive option for couples in Ohio.

Divorce Cases We Handle

Divorce involves various issues that must be resolved during the dissolution process. Some divorces are more complex than others, such as when children or businesses are involved. Our Columbus divorce attorneys have extensive knowledge and decades of family law experience to provide reliable advice and guidance.

We help clients with all aspects of divorce, including:

We take the time to evaluate your situation, explain your options, answer your questions, and provide the information you need to make important decisions for you and your children. When necessary, we work with well-respected experts to assist in preparing a solid case for our clients.

Contact Our Columbus Divorce Attorney Today

Successfully navigating through a divorce demands careful guidance and expert advocacy to safeguard your rights and secure a favorable resolution. At the Law Offices of William L. Geary Co., L.P.A., our commitment lies in delivering compassionate and proficient legal representation to those undergoing divorce in Columbus and throughout Ohio. Reach out to us today to arrange a consultation and embark on the path to a fresh start in your life.

Contact the Law Offices of William L. Geary Co., L.P.A. by calling (614) 289-1227 today to schedule a meeting with our divorce lawyer in Columbus!

Commonly Asked Questions

Do I have to go to court for my divorce in Ohio?

In Ohio, it is possible to have an uncontested divorce where both parties agree on all the terms of the divorce. In such cases, you may not have to go to court and the divorce can be finalized through paperwork. However, if there are contested issues or disputes that cannot be resolved through negotiation or mediation, it may be necessary to go to court to have a judge make decisions on those matters.

Can I get a divorce without hiring an attorney?

While it is possible to file for divorce without hiring an attorney, it is generally recommended to seek the guidance of an experienced divorce attorney. Divorce involves complex legal processes and it is important to ensure that your rights and interests are protected. An attorney can provide valuable advice, help you understand your options, negotiate on your behalf, and represent you in court if necessary.

Why Choose Our Team?
  • Resolving family law disputes with care
  • Advocating for your legal rights
  • Protecting your family's best interests
  • Compassionate guidance through challenging times

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