How to Start the Divorce Process in Columbus

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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.

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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:

  • Adultery
  • Absence for over a year
  • One spouse is already married
  • Cruelty
  • Fraud
  • Frequent drunkenness
  • Imprisonment
  • Incompatibility

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:

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 if needed.

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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