Flat Rate Dissolution Attorneys in Ohio

What is a Dissolution?

A dissolution is the procedure by which spouses terminate their marriage through the use of a legally binding contract that ultimately becomes the parties’ final court decree.  While it has a different name than a divorce, a dissolution has the same end result of a divorce in that it legally terminates the parties’ marriage and determines how assets and liabilities will get divided, what kind of support will be paid, and all issues related to the parties’ children.

The primary difference between a divorce and dissolution is that the parties agree on all terms prior to instituting a dissolution action whereas no agreement is required before a divorce action is filed.  A dissolution action still requires a final hearing in front of a judge or magistrate where the parties will acknowledge the terms of their agreement before a judge signs off on the paperwork legally terminating their marriage.

Is a Divorce or Dissolution Right for Me?

The two most common actions used to terminate a marriage in Ohio are divorce and dissolution.

A divorce action can be either a contested divorce or an uncontested divorce action.  A contested divorce action is used where the parties cannot agree on all or some of the terms surrounding the termination of their marriage.  In this case, a court will ultimately decide the terms upon which the couple’s marriage will be terminated, as well as how issues related to the couple’s children will be handled.

An uncontested divorce action is similar to a contested divorce, except it is used in situations where the party being sued for divorce (the Defendant) does not formally dispute the other party’s claim for a divorce (the Plaintiff).  Uncontested divorces are often used where one spouse is unable to be located or where one spouse lives far away and does not want to travel to Ohio to attend the divorce proceedings.

A dissolution action also allows couples to terminate their marriage.  A dissolution action is used where both parties agree on all terms related to the end of their marriage, including issues related to their minor children.  In this case, it is the parties themselves, often with the help of an attorney, who decide how assets and liabilities will be divided, if spousal support (also known as alimony) will be paid, and how they will parent their children.  A dissolution primarily differs from an uncontested divorce in that both parties to the action are actively involved during the entire action and both attend the final dissolution hearing.