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Ohio Divorce

An Ohio divorce (or dissolution of marriage) can be filed in Ohio by either spouse to end the marital relationship. Upon finalizing an Ohio divorce, the parties are restored back to single status. The court will also issue any necessary orders for child support and custody, spousal support (alimony) and the division of community and separate assets and debts. LegalZoom can assist you in the document preparation and filing for your uncontested Ohio divorce without the expense of an attorney.

Types of Divorce in Ohio

A dissolution of marriage is an action where the parties mutually agree to terminate their marriage. Neither party has to prove grounds to end a marriage by dissolution. This action is only started after the husband and wife have reached a separation agreement regarding all property, spousal support and any child issues.

Divorce in Ohio is a civil lawsuit to end a marriage. It arises when the husband and wife cannot resolve their problems, and are asking the court to make the final decision and issue orders concerning property, support and children.

Alternatives to Divorce in Ohio

Legal separation is a civil lawsuit that does not legally end a marriage, but allows the court to issue orders concerning property division, spousal support, allocation of parental rights and responsibilities, child support and parent time allocation for any minor children. The parties remain married, but live separately. When a court grants a legal separation, each party must follow the court's specific orders.

An annulment is a second alternative to divorce in Ohio sought in order to nullify the marriage and disavow its existence, returning the parties to their prior single status, as if they never married. The person seeking the annulment must prove that the prerequisites for annulments are met. The prerequisites tend to be more difficult to establish and therefore many lawyers advise clients to file for divorce.

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