The cost of a divorce in Ohio depends on your county and if the divorce is uncontested or if you’re seeking a dissolution. Other factors also play a role. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the cost of a divorce.
Remain civil with your spouse
A friendly divorce costs less because there’s no costly court battle. If you and your spouse are agreeable, there’s no money or time spent dealing with contested issues. An uncontested divorce has minimal fees and is less expensive because of less involvement by an attorney.
Contact the bar association or a non-profit
The Ohio State Bar Association provides legal information and services to Ohio residents. The bar association can help you find low-cost divorce services.
Your area might also have a private non-profit that provides volunteer divorce lawyer services. Some law schools also have legal clinics where law students gain experience. A student could assist you in your case, though this depends on the complexity of your situation.
A mediator is an impartial individual who assists with the divorce. This person helps you and your spouse overcome your differences to reach a divorce agreement. There is a fee for mediation, but it’s less than the divorce expenses of an attorney and saves money on divorce proceedings.
Get a family court fee waiver
The Ohio court system might approve a fee waiver if your income is at or below 187.5 percent of the Federal poverty limit. And your expenses must meet or exceed your income. Your county clerk’s office or a legal aid organization can answer questions about a fee waiver.
Saving money on your divorce
Lack of finances can make getting a divorce difficult. But now you know money-saving options are available. The reduced financial burden will help make the divorce less stressful.