Addressing Common Questions And Concerns About Divorce
Who can file for a divorce?
In the state of Ohio, either partner may file for a divorce. However, at least one spouse must reside in the state, with six consecutive months of residency before filing a divorce action.
Do I need grounds for filing a divorce in Ohio?
According to Ohio divorce laws, “grounds” must be established for the granting of a divorce. Grounds for a divorce in Ohio include:
- Gross neglect of duty
- Extreme cruelty
- Living separate and apart for at least one year
Grounds for divorce usually have little bearing on the court’s decisions regarding allocation of parental rights, division of property or payment of support.
How long do divorce proceedings take?
The length of time your divorce takes will depend on several unique factors. Dissolution proceedings are generally faster. If there are many contentious issues, a divorce action may take a year or more to resolve. It is important to take all the time necessary to ensure a solution that benefits all involved parties. Cincinnati divorce attorney John Heilbrun will work closely with you at all times, making sure you are kept abreast of all proceeding in your case.
What is the difference between divorce and dissolution?
Both a divorce and dissolution will result in the filing of a decree with the court ending your marriage. A dissolution occurs when both parties agree to the terms of the ending of the marriage before filing a formal action with the court. This includes property and debt division, child custody, alimony, spousal support and all other issues involved in ending your marriage. A divorce is necessary when the parties are unable to reach an agreement, necessitating further action and the potential for a trial.
How is collaborative divorce different from dissolution?
Collaborative divorce is a process available for reaching an agreement on all issues before a formal action is filed with the court. Once the agreement is put into writing and signed by the spouses, it will be filed with the court as a dissolution.
The ending of a marriage can be a traumatic and confusing experience. For answers to your personal questions about divorce, please contact The Law Office of John Heilbrun to schedule an appointment at one of our offices today. We serve Blue Ash, Hyde Park, Lebanon and all surrounding Cincinnati communities.