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Get The Answers You Need From An Ohio Divorce Lawyer

Going through a divorce can be complex and emotionally challenging. Our Dublin team at Greco Law has compiled this comprehensive page to provide clear, concise answers to common questions about Ohio divorce. Our goal is to help you feel more informed and prepared as you move forward with your divorce proceedings.

How Long Does A Typical Divorce Process Take In Ohio?

The duration of a divorce in Ohio can vary significantly based on the complexity of the case and whether either party contests it. Typically, an uncontested divorce might take as little as one to three months. However, a contested divorce can take from six months to a year or more. Timely communication between parties and their attorneys can often help in speeding up the process.

Can The Terms Of A Divorce Decree Be Modified After The Divorce Is Final?

You can make some modifications to your divorce decree, but only under certain circumstances. Property and asset division orders typically remain unchanged. However, you may seek a modification to alimony, child support and child custody. Common reasons may include:

  • Significant changes in one party’s income
  • Relocation
  • Changes in the child’s needs
  • The presence of substance abuse, mental illness or domestic violence

Both parties must agree to the modifications, or if not, the requesting party must prove the necessity of the change to a court.

How Is Property Divided In A Divorce In Ohio?

In Ohio, the division of property in a divorce follows an equitable distribution law. This means that the court divides property fairly, though not always equally. The asset division order depends on factors such as:

  • Each spouse’s contribution to the marriage
  • Each spouse’s separate assets
  • The duration of the marriage
  • The earning potential of each spouse
  • Whether one spouse supported the other financially during the marriage

The assets subject to division are those accumulated after the marriage, with the exception of inheritances and gifts.

What Is The Difference Between Dissolution And Divorce In Ohio?

Dissolution and divorce are both legal processes for ending a marriage in Ohio, but they involve different procedures. Dissolution is typically quicker as it requires both parties to agree on all terms before filing with the court, including property division and child custody. Divorce may involve disputes and may require court intervention. Either method should involve the counsel of an Ohio divorce attorney.

How Is Child Custody Determined?

The court makes custody decisions based on the best interests of the child. Factors considered include:

  • The child’s relationship with each parent
  • Each parent’s living situation
  • The child’s school and community ties
  • The mental and physical health of all parties involved.

Ohio courts encourage joint custody arrangements whenever possible to maintain stable relationships with both parents.

Will I Have To Pay Alimony (Spousal Support)?

Whether you need to pay alimony depends on various factors. The court may weigh the length of the marriage and each spouse’s financial resources. The most important factor in alimony decisions is whether one spouse supported the other financially during the marriage while the other stayed at home or pursued their education.

Ask More Questions From A Dublin Divorce Attorney

This list is probably only a short version of the many questions you want to ask. Please get in touch with us to learn more about your options and rights. To schedule your initial consultation with a Dublin divorce lawyer, please call 614-963-9154 or send us an email.