Warren Dissolution of Marriage Attorney
The decision to end a marriage is never an easy one. In Ohio, marriages can be legally disbanded in one of two ways. The parties can seek either a divorce or dissolution of marriage.
In order to obtain a traditional divorce, one party must allege that his or her spouse must establish that the other is ‘at fault’ under one of the statutory grounds. The only true “no- fault” grounds for divorce permitted by Ohio is when parties assert that they have been “living separate and apart for one year without interruption and without cohabitation” and incompatibility is not denied by either party. A dissolution of marriage process can often eliminate much of the acrimony, stress and expense that often develops during the normal divorce process.
At the law offices of Charles A. Ziegler, we have more than 30 years of experience helping couples pursue the dissolution of marriage option in Ohio. Warren dissolution of marriage lawyer, Charles A. Ziegler routinely helps husbands and wives file a joint petition where both parties are requesting the court to grant that their marriage be terminated and that their separation agreement that is attached to the joint petition be reviewed and approved by the court.
If you believe this option fits your circumstances, we encourage you to contact us at our office to schedule a free consultation to learn more about how we can help you pursue a successful and amicable dissolution of marriage.
A Newton Falls Separation Agreement Lawyer With More Than 30 Years of Experience
The separation agreement that will be filed with the joint petition for dissolution of marriage must settle all outstanding issues amongst the parties, including:
- Property division, and payment of marital debts
- Spousal support/alimony
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support
In order to successfully arrive at a separation agreement that the courts will accept, it is essential that the parties voluntarily trade information and be open to negotiation. Attorney Ziegler has had great success with helping foster an open and honest atmosphere that can lead to thoughtful discussion and equitable resolutions. Mediation and using his wide network of trusted professionals to help with certain property valuations and other issues are also methods that can help parties come to workable decisions.
The Court Approval Process for a Dissolution of Marriage
When an agreement is reached and filed with the court, a hearing must take place within 30 to 90 days. At this court appearance, both parties must appear and testify that they are satisfied with the agreement and that each has made full disclosure of all assets and liabilities. They must also state they have voluntarily signed the agreement and that they both want the marriage dissolved. The court must also approve the parties’ agreement and if all of these requirements have been met, the court will terminate the marriage.
If a Dissolution Cannot Be Reached
If a husband and wife cannot resolve all the issues between them, either one can decide to file a complaint requesting a divorce instead of filing the joint petition requesting a dissolution of their marriage. At any time before the court has granted a decree of dissolution of marriage, either spouse may convert the case into a divorce case by filing a motion for conversion of the action that includes an attached complaint for divorce. Attorney Ziegler can help you pursue this option if discussions do not yield the terms you are seeking.
Trusted, Honest and Thorough Counsel
If you need more information or professional, thorough legal representation for a dissolution or divorce matter, contact Trumbull County divorce lawyer Charles A. Ziegler for a free consultation today by calling 330-984-0609, toll free 888-854-0924 or send us an email. Our Warren and Newton Falls offices represent clients from Newton Falls, Warren, Youngstown, the surrounding areas as well as civilians and military personnel from all over the country and overseas with interests in Ohio.