Dissolution — Is It Right For Your Situation

Dissolution.  At the Law Office of Anthony W. Greco, we understand the stress and life altering circumstances that individuals and families often deal with when facing the issue of Dissolution or Divorce. That is why it is important to have an attorney who has extensive experience in determining from the beginning if a Dissolution is a good idea, or if it’s even possible, given someone needs and legal goals.  Choosing the right attorney is the first step in facing the legal termination of a marriage, an finding a lawyer who can provide counsel and advise when making the determination of whether a Divorce or Dissolution is best for the situation.  It is quite common for a Client to “think” they will be able to reach an agreement with their soon-to-be ex-spouse for Dissolution purposes, only to discover, after speaking with an experienced attorney, that the consequences of such an agreement are not in their, or their children’s, best interest.

Dissolution – Is it right for you ?

In a Dissolution, the parties have agreed upon each and every issue prior to the filing of any action with the Court including but not limited to the division of marital assets, custody, parenting time (visitation), child support and spousal support (alimony).  In a Dissolution, the parties enter into a Separation Agreement which specifies all of the terms of the termination of the marriage, and asks the Court to accept these terms and make them a final Order of the Court. A Dissolution is much more economical and can be completed within 60 days from the filing of the initial Petition for Dissolution with the Court.  Divorce is, at least initially, an “adversarial” type of proceeding in which the parties are legally terminating their marital relationship, and are in disagreement as to at least 1 issue. In a Divorce, the parties may conduct extensive “discovery” to determine the value of assets and liabilities, find “hidden” assets, determine what is in “the “best interests” of the children, and determine the appropriate ground or reason for the divorce. The Court and parties will review and value all of the assets and debts of the parties, including separate, inherited, premarital and marital assets and debts. The Court will divide and assign values to each and every marital asset and debt of the parties. The Court will also rule on all issues relating to the minor children of the parties including the future residence(s) and\or schools for the children, the parents’ involvement in decision making for the children, support for the children, medical insurance for the children, and the use of dependency exemptions. Divorce may also involve issues concerning support of the former Husband or Wife (Also see Spousal Support (Alimony) section of this website).

At any time after the filing of a Divorce the parties may “settle” the pending issues and thus avoid the expense and time in having the Court “decide” or make Orders regarding those issues after an actual trial where each side will be given an opportunity to present witnesses and other evidence to prove their case.  If the parties settle, they may agree upon the terms of an Agreed Order and ask the Court to approve said terms. In a contested Divorce trial, the parties present evidence to the Court on all disputed issues. These issues could range from “every” issue which could possibly be before the Court, to the submission of just 1 issue such as “custody”, or the valuation of marital interest in a particular asset such as a family business.  It is absolutely critical for anyone involved in the termination of a marriage to obtain experienced legal advice when trying to figure out whether a Dissolution or Divorce is best for them.

The Law Office of Anthony W. Greco is committed to providing each and every Client with professional, aggressive and practical representation, while being sensitive to the Client’s unique concerns and goals. With more than 23 years of experience, our firm is equipped to deal with all issues involved in Divorce and Dissolution. From the complex, high-asset cases, emotionally charged Divorce, to the most basic Dissolution, The Law Office of Anthony W. Greco is prepared to aggressively represent its Clients’ concerns and interests from the first day of representation through trial.

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To See the Franklin County Ohio Dissolution Forms and Dissolution FAQ’s, please see link below.

http://www.franklincountyohio.gov/clerk/drfaq.cfm