Ending a marriage can be an emotionally challenging experience regardless of the circumstances, but knowing the legal options can help. In Ohio, spouses can legally end a marriage through a divorce or a dissolution.
While both processes involve signing a separation agreement, dividing assets, and addressing custody concerns, there are also distinct differences.
When spouses cannot agree on the terms of their separation, filing for divorce is a popular option. In a contested divorce, a judge can review the case and make decisions about asset division, child custody, and spousal or child support.
Divorce can benefit spouses who do not want to have contact during the proceedings or if one spouse is hostile toward the other.
Spouses considering an uncontested divorce to save on costs might be able to obtain a dissolution instead.
If spouses agree to separate and there is no dispute over child custody or asset distribution, a dissolution can save them a lot of time and money. A marriage dissolution has a shorter waiting period, requires less paperwork, and costs less in legal fees to process.
To dissolve a marriage, spouses must agree to the terms of separation before filing. In addition, both parties need to appear at a final hearing. If either party cannot attend, they may need to file for an uncontested divorce.
When a marriage ends, there is often a substantial emotional and financial cost. Knowing the differences between a divorce and a dissolution can help spouses determine which is suitable for their unique situation.