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What Is Involved In Ohio Dissolution Of Marriage?

Attorney Kristen L. Campbell has been guiding clients through marital dissolution and other family law matters in the Butler County Court System since 1999. She is very familiar with the local judges, courtroom procedures and laws. She also works hard to keep clients informed and involved. Call her office in Hamilton for an initial consultation at 513-895-0030.

“I believe communication is key. When you hire me as your attorney, you’re going to get a prompt return phone call. You’re going to get a timely email response. I work hard to provide the responsive service clients deserve.” — Kristen L. Campbell

Is Dissolution The Same As Uncontested Divorce?

Uncontested divorce is usually thought of as one spouse being unable or unwilling to participate in the legal process, allowing the other spouse free rein. Uncontested divorce cases sometimes occur because one spouse can’t be located and the other one chooses to proceed with the filing anyway.

Marital dissolution differs in that it is like a contract where both parties are in agreement. During dissolution, the spouses mutually decide how to divide their assets and debts and how to allocate rights and responsibilities regarding their children. It is that mutual agreement that makes dissolution possible in those cases.

How Long Does The Process Take?

The dissolution process is relatively quick compared to a traditional divorce. Once you and your spouse reach an agreement and sign the appropriate documents, we will submit the paperwork to the court. The court will schedule a final hearing to confirm that both parties want the marriage to be dissolved according to the terms of the agreement. Usually the process can be completed within 45-90 days of the signing of the agreement.

If you and your spouse have minor children together, you will both be required to attend a four-hour parenting class (“Helping Children Cope with Divorce”) before the court will grant the dissolution.

Is Dissolution Right For Me?

To decide if you should pursue a dissolution or a more traditional divorce in Ohio, here are some questions to consider.

How Does Dissolution Differ From Divorce?

The easiest way to explain the difference between divorce and dissolution is that a dissolution is a contract where the two parties have mutual agreement on the issues. Whereas a divorce usually is more complicated and involves disagreement over the main issues such as property division, child custody and so on.

What If My Former Spouse And I Can’t Agree?

If you and your former spouse don’t (or won’t) agree on the issues such as child custody, parenting time, co-parenting plans, division of assets, application of spousal support or other issues, dissolution is probably not an option. Agreement is key. Cooperation is needed to complete a dissolution.

What Are Some Advantages To Dissolution?

There are several reasons why someone would choose dissolution over divorce, including:

  • TimeBitter divorces can drag out for years while couples argue over minute details that may or may not seem important after the fact. The sooner couples agree on how to move forward, the more time they can save and the sooner they can move on with their lives.
  • Money — You can save money in attorney’s fees when you and your spouse agree on how to dissolve your marriage.
  • Emotional well-being — This is an important but, perhaps, less tangible factor in these cases. But if you can get something completed faster with less headaches and drain on your emotions, that will have a positive impact on your well-being.

Learn More In An Initial Consultation

Give us a call to discuss your options for ending your marriage in the most cost-effective and stress-free manner possible. Simply call the Law Office of Kristen L. Campbell, LLC, at 513-895-0030 or contact us online.

If regular business hours don’t fit your busy schedule, ask about arranging an evening or weekend appointment with our lawyer at our Hamilton office.