What are my options to legally end a marriage in Ohio? 

Most commonly, a marriage is dissolved by way of divorce or dissolution.  Both will result in  a complete termination of the marriage contract.  

What is the difference between a divorce and a dissolution? 

A divorce is a contested matter beginning when one party files a complaint with the appropriate county domestic relations court.  After a complaint is filed, the other party must be served with a copy of the complaint and given an opportunity to respond in writing.  The divorce may ultimately settle by agreement, or may be resolved by a trial to a judge who then issues a decision.   

A dissolution is filed when both parties agree up front as to all issues including, but not limited to, asset and debt division and child custody and care.  The agreement is drafted and signed by both parties before being filed in the appropriate county domestic relations court.   

What issues will be addressed when terminating a marriage? 

Common issues that will need addressed include asset division, debt division, retirement accounts, real estate, spousal support, custody, parenting time, and child support.    

When is spousal support awarded? 

Many factors are considered in determining whether or not one spouse will be required to pay support to the other.  These factors include the length of the marriage, the relative incomes of the parties, the employment status of each spouse, the employability of each spouse, education levels, and work history.  Spousal support is not awarded in every case.  However, when it is awarded it is important that the amount and the duration are addressed appropriately. 

Can an out of state divorce decree be changed for a party now living in Ohio? 

Yes.   Any out of state decree can be registered here in Ohio in the appropriate County Common Pleas Court.  Once the Decree is registered, a party is able to file a motion to modify that decree as needed.   Attorney Kate Bowling has handled the registration and modification of countless out of State Decrees for clients located across the continental United States, as well as Guam, Puerto Rico, and Afghanistan. 

How much will a divorce cost? 

The cost of a divorce can vary greatly depending on the unique circumstances of the marriage.    In order to obtain a free quote, contact Kate Bowling for an initial consultation.  At that time,  she can assess your case and render an estimated overall cost.