Divorce & Dissolution
Navigating Clients Through Divorce Or Dissolution
Reaching a final decision to end a marriage can sometimes be difficult. In Ohio, the process can be completed in one of several ways. The most common is a divorce action or a dissolution of marriage. What are the differences? How long will the process take? Speaking with a lawyer is the only way to obtain individualized legal guidance.
A Client-Focused Approach
Every family is unique. Different issues may be important to each spouse. Relationships with children can make custody decisions particularly complicated. Income, assets, and debt are important issues to settle and vary considerably from family to family. Emotion complicates the divorce and dissolution process. Legal options are dependent on all these factors as well as client goals. At The Law Firm of Doty and Obenour LLC, we listen and understand client priorities. We work hard to obtain the best possible outcome because we truly care. Unlike other law firms, clients work directly with our attorneys throughout their case.
Divorce vs. Dissolution
Dissolution: The parties must agree on the issues before filing a petition with the court. After filing the dissolution petition, a hearing takes place and the court generally approves the agreement as long as it is equitable to both parties.
Divorce: The parties cannot agree about how to end their marriage. A judge or magistrate must decide for them and a divorce action is required.
These are only rough outlines. In both divorce and dissolution cases, we have helped clients resolve the following issues: Designation of residential parent, visitation agreements, custody & shared parenting, and property and debt division
We also process divorce actions and dissolution for same-sex couples. We may be able to reach an agreement through negotiation or mediation. When alternative dispute resolution is not successful, we will take the fight to court.
Frequently Asked Questions about Divorce & Dissolution
My hearing is next week and I need help. What do I do?
I am a survivor of domestic violence. I can’t afford a lawyer right now.
There are many quality organizations and resources available to survivors. Hannah Botkin-Doty works with the Ohio Domestic Violence Network (https://odvn.org) and the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence (https://oaesv.org). These groups receive grants each year to cover the legal costs of survivors who cannot afford an attorney. Contact them to see what help they can provide.
I just found out we have a Guardian Ad Litem. Now what?
How long does it take for a divorce to be final?
How long until I have custody over my kids?
Do I have to pay alimony?
What happens if we get back together and want to cancel the divorce?
Do I have to move out of the home? Should I not move out of the home?
Now, if you want the home to yourself and want the spouse to vacate, you can always file a motion for “beneficial use of the marital property” and ask the court to make an order saying you are the only one allowed to be in the home. Understand this, regardless of who lives in the home while the case is pending, it has no effect on who holds title to the home or who owns it. It will still be included in the division of property and each spouse is entitled to their equitable share of the home’s value.
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