What Documents and Forms are Required for an Ohio Divorce Action and Dissolution Action?

Regardless of whether you intend to terminate your marriage through a divorce action or a dissolution action, parties are required to file certain pleadings and forms.  A divorce action is instituted with the filing of a complaint for divorce, while a dissolution action is instituted with the filing of a petition for dissolution.  Both a divorce action and dissolution action also require certain affidavits be submitted at the time the complaint or petition is filed.

No matter where the divorce or dissolution action is instituted in Ohio, each county requires the following documents be filed: A complaint or petition; an affidavit of income and expenses; an affidavit of property; an affidavit of health insurance (this may only be required where there are minor children involved); and a parenting proceeding affidavit (this may only be required where there are minor children involved).  While these forms are uniform in the State of Ohio, the county in which the complaint or dissolution is filed may require its own additional forms.

In the case of a dissolution, the parties will also file a separation agreement at the time they file a petition as well as their agreement regarding any minor children they have.  A separation agreement is the document that sets forth the parties’ terms to dissolving and terminating their marriage and must be agreed upon and signed by both parties before the petition is filed.