Before Divorce, A Legal Separation Can Be An Option
Ohio law allows the court to issue a decree of legal separation. This process usually involves the resolution of all issues that are involved in a divorce or dissolution, including property and debt division, child custody, support and allocation of parental rights and responsibilities, and spousal support/alimony. The difference is that the issuance of a decree of legal separation does not end the marriage itself.
Generally, the legal separation process is used by couples who, for personal, religious or other reasons prefer to stay legally married. It is also a process that is sometimes used to resolve issues such as child custody, child support and spousal support/alimony when the spouse who files the action has not been a legal resident of Ohio for at least six months, a requirement for filing a divorce or dissolution action.
Helping You Reach Agreements And Protect Your Interests
Filing for legal separation is similar to filing for divorce or dissolution. Family law lawyer John Heilbrun will try to help you resolve all issues with your spouse. However, if you and your spouse are unable to reach an agreement, then John Heilbrun will prepare and file with the court on your behalf a complaint for legal separation, or he will represent your interest in the event that your spouse has filed such a complaint. If necessary, John will represent you through the court process, including presentation of testimony and evidence on your behalf, cross-examining witnesses presented by your spouse and arguing your case to the court.
If you would like to further discuss the possibility of a legal separation or would like information about other options, please contact The Law Office of John Heilbrun to schedule a consultation at our office today.