Why Choose an Uncontested Divorce or Dissolution?

A couple knows their situation better than a Court ever can. If they can work together and reach an agreement, it can be a huge benefit to them and their family. Not only will the process be less painful emotionally, but also financially.  The parties will be able to reach a resolution that works best for their individual situation with less animosity and expense.  This can prove to be invaluable to peace of mind for the parties, children, other family members, friends and even employers.

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.