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How does divorce law work in Ohio?

Every state differs quite significantly when it comes to divorce law, the process involved and the division of assets. In Ohio, it is demanded that the person filing for a divorce in the state must have been registered as living in the state for at least six months. It might also be a possibility that there will be a 90-day conciliation period that is ordered by the courts.

The legal process of a no-fault divorce is referred to as a dissolution in the Ohio legal system. You may have to be separated for some time before this dissolution can become a reality.

How does divorce work in Ohio?

In the state of Ohio, divorce must include fault. If there is no fault, it will be known as a dissolution. Fault can be attributed by accusations of adultery, willful absence, imprisonment, neglecting of duty -- for example, not living up to parental responsibilities -- and alcoholism or drug abuse.

If it can be proven that such behavior has taken place by one party, a divorce case can be opened. If a divorce is uncontested, meaning that no one is appealing the at-fault accusations, and there are no children involved, it may be possible for the divorce to take place without an attorney.

If there are children involved or the terms of the divorce are contested, then things become more complex. It is important to look deeply into how the law works for contested divorces and for child custody cases when contemplating a divorce in Ohio. Knowledge will help you get a head start and will assist you in the decisions you make going forward.

Source: FindLaw, "Ohio Divorce Laws," accessed Jan. 19, 2018

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