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Do I really need a divorce lawyer if we’ve only been married a couple of years?

by | Aug 5, 2021 | Divorce |

Some marriages start off well and turn bad only after a decade or more. Other times, it is clear to the spouses that their marriage is not working within a year or two. What they thought was true love was a bad match for one or more reasons.

After ten or 20 years of marriage, divorce can be complicated by things like child custody and property division. If you and your spouse have only been married for a few years, it can seem like divorce should be simple. Is it really necessary for each of you to hire a divorce attorney?

Usually, yes. The fact that your marriage was short probably means that finalizing your divorce will not take as long as ending a longer-term marriage might. But this does not mean that you won’t benefit from the advice and skill of an attorney to help protect your financial and parental rights.

Property division

A young couple who was only married for a few years probably has not had the time to amass a great deal of marital property, which are the assets considered to belong to both spouses. Ohio law requires that a divorcing couple divide marital assets equitably, not necessarily evenly. Making sure you receive an acceptable portion of the marital property is one of your divorce attorney’s most important jobs.

Parenting time

Many young couples in Butler County get divorced before they have children. But often, couples have kids right away, then separate when the children are toddlers. Their young age requires special attention and sensitivity to ensure that the trauma of their parents’ divorce affects the kids as little as possible. An experienced attorney can help you negotiate a parenting time plan that best suits your children’s best interests while also respecting your rights as one of their parents.

Marital dissolution may be an option

If you and your ex are parting on relatively cordial terms, marital dissolution could be one way to save money on your divorce. Marital dissolution is completed through a contract that both parties sign in agreement, deciding how to divide assets and debts, as well as determine parental rights.

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