In the state of Ohio, there are two ways to legally end a marriage: dissolution or divorce. The ultimate result of these two processes is the same: At the conclusion, your marriage will be terminated and your debts, assets, and property will be equitably distributed between you and your spouse. If in addition, all issues related to the manner in which you and your spouse shall allocate your rights and responsibilities involving your minor children will be addressed. Spousal support and any child support will be decided as well.
The difference between dissolution and divorce has mostly to do with the process you take to reach these outcomes. To schedule a consultation with our experienced Hyde Park and Blue Ash family attorney, please call the Law Office of John Heilbrun at (513) 321-3940.
Is Marriage Dissolution Right for You?
If it is a feasible option for you and your spouse, dissolution has a number of advantages. This process can:
- Put you and your spouse in control of ending your marriage
- Reduce the expense of ending your message
- Reduce the amount of time it takes to end your marriage
- Improve the communication and cooperation in any interactions you and your spouse have in the future
For dissolution of marriage to work, both spouses must be willing to abide by the unique structure of the dissolution. With this process, you cannot subpoena one another for information, so both of you must be willing to share information relevant to terminating your marriage, such as information about property and other assets. Dissolution can be achieved through the use of a variety of different processes, including collaborative divorce or mediation.
Dissolution of marriage requires you and your spouse to be able to work together cooperatively reach agreements as to the terms of ending your marriage. Some couples are more comfortable going to divorce court because they are unable to work together reasonably and without hostility, or because they simply cannot agree on the terms of their divorce. If you and your spouse are both committed to the idea of ending your marriage in a way that is mutually beneficial, then dissolution is and excellent option.
When Divorce Might Be the Right Option
A divorce is typically requested by one spouse when the proper paperwork is filed with the domestic relations court and the grounds for divorce are cited. Divorce differs from dissolution in some of the following ways:
- The judge divides property, assets and debts
- The judge decides spousal support and child support
- The judge and other experts decide child custody
In a divorce, you have the option to work with your spouse to come to an agreement about these terms. If you are unable to do so, the terms will be decided by a trial judge.
There are several ways to approach the termination of your marriage. For decades, attorney John Heilbrun has been helping couples go through the process of ending their marriages, and he can help you determine which approach is right for you. Whether you choose divorce or dissolution, our attorney can protect your legal rights and help you make decisions that are in your best interest.
If you are searching for an experienced family lawyer to represent you in a divorce or dissolution of marriage, please contact the Law Office of John Heilbrun or call (513) 321-3940 today to schedule a consultation.