How to Start the Divorce Process in Columbus
Legal Support for Your Family
Divorce can be a traumatic experience for you, your spouse, children, and
extended family. At Richard L. Morris Co., L.P.A., our legal team is aware
of your difficult situation and offer our legal support in your time of
need. We offer direct, prompt, and personal service to answer your questions
and address any legal concerns that you may have about your situation.
How Can We Help?
To file for divorce in Ohio, you must have been a resident of the state
for at least six months and have been a resident of the county where you
are filing for divorce for at least 90 days. When you file for divorce,
you must formally state the reason that you and your spouse are separating
to the court.
Grounds for divorce in Ohio include:
- Absence for over a year
- One spouse is already married
- Frequent drunkenness
What can I expect during the divorce process?
Each case is different, and every situation requires a unique legal approach.
It is important to hire an experienced attorney that can advise you in
your case. Whether you and your spouse can settle out of court with the
help of a lawyer and a mediator, or if you need to go before a judge,
our attorneys can help protect your legal rights and property to secure
your financial future.
We can help you with any of the following matters pertaining to your divorce:
DIY Divorce: Do I Need a Lawyer?
More and more couples are starting to take their divorce into their own
hands and complete all the paperwork on their own. According to the
Herald-Tribune, the fall of the housing market resulted in a surge of these divorces.
The housing market crash was a catalyst for what history has named the
Great Recession of the late 2000s. During this time, many people were
laid off from their careers and unable to find work, which led to a further
economic crisis. Couples seeking a divorce in many areas of Ohio were
unable to afford legal costs associated with hiring a lawyer and began
representing themselves in court.
While do-it-yourself divorce is a possibility, it isn’t often a smart
one. Divorce is often complex, especially if the couple has been together
for many years. Splitting assets, child custody, and spousal support designations
require an expansive understanding of family law. If there are any debates
about property, children, and other issues from the marriage, you need
someone there you can trust to help you make the best decisions for you
and your child’s needs.
Due to the complexities of divorce mentioned above, do-it-yourself divorce
cases often take longer than cases with couples who have retained attorneys.
Often this is because divorce can be such an emotional, stressful subject
that it can be difficult for someone to invest time and energy into understanding
the law. Furthermore, some divorces can become intensely difficult, and
you may have to make choices that hurt you or your spouse. In a fragile
emotional state, you may fail to remember some of the legal details. A
practiced attorney can help you make unbiased decisions regarding your
divorce during this emotionally traumatic time.
Ohio Divorce FAQs
What is mediation in divorce?
Mediation can be used in cases where a couple is willing to work together
but also have different goals in the divorce. These include matters such
as child custody, property division, etc. A neutral, 3rd party mediator will be able to help the couple to come to agreeable terms
on these matters.
What is collaborative divorce?
A relatively new way of handling divorce, collaborative law was established
in the 1990s. This approach to divorce avoids the court system entirely.
However, it is only successful if both spouses agree to this approach
from the beginning. Instead of going to court, the divorce matters are
settled with the spouses’ individual attorneys and other experts
What is a dissolution of marriage?
Many states use “divorce” and “dissolution of marriage” synonymously. However, in Ohio, a “dissolution of marriage”
refers to a no-fault divorce.
What is an annulment?
With a divorce, the final result is the end of a marriage. With an annulment,
a couple is legally recognized as never being married.
How long does a divorce in Ohio take?
The answer to this question is variable depending on the nature of the
divorce. If straightforward and uncontested, it can take as little as
three months. However, more complicated divorces can take 1-2 years or
more to be final.
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and prompt service to support you through your divorce case. Let us work
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