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Columbus Ohio Marriage Dissolution Attorneys

As attorneys in the Columbus, Ohio area we know that an end of a marriage can be a painful and disheartening time in anyone’s life.

A marriage dissolution will legally end a marriage in one of the most amicable methods available to each spouse.


Marriage Dissolution vs. Divorce in Ohio

The difference between a divorce and a marriage dissolution is that a dissolution will end a marriage as per the agreement of both spouses on certain terms such as child custody, home ownership and divvying up various assets. It is a voluntary agreement between both parties (through a lawyer), rather than a divorce which is a method of using the court to do so. Either way, the outcome is the same – a legal ending of a marriage.


Marriage Dissolution in Ohio

The legalities for a marriage dissolution are different for each state. If you live in Ohio, or the city of Columbus, then you need an attorney that is practiced, knowledgeable and lawful to perform a dissolution of marriage in the state of Ohio. 

A marriage dissolution attorney will help you through the process of ending your marriage and will facilitate mediation including the distribution of assets and the terms of such. If both you and your spouse can agree on the dividing of property and belongings, as well as child issues, then a marriage dissolution is the way to move forward.


Issues Included in a Marriage Dissolution

Ending a marriage can include the matter of children and also entails a basis on which to distribute or parcel out a variety of items that go with any marriage including the following:

Real Estate (including home, land etc.)


Tax Implications

Spousal Support (also known as alimony)

Child Custody

Child Support

Parental Responsibilities

Pension & Retirement Plans

Prenuptial Agreements (also known as ‘prenups’)


Other Factors to Consider

Make sure you are honest with your attorney. An attorney will not disclose any untoward or embarrassing information about you, and will keep such matters confidential. A good attorney will advise and counsel you through the process of dissolving a marriage. Your attorney will file a petition with the court to end the marriage after both parties have agreed formally to the terms of ending the marriage (children, property, spousal support etc.). The court will then decide if all matters have been settled and agreed to by both parties and will then grant the dissolution of the marriage.


If you are considering a divorce, marriage annulment, or a marriage dissolution, ask the lawyers at Barney DeBrosse Attorneys at Law to help mediate any disputes for finalizing such and to facilitate all legal aspects involved in the ending of your marriage. Our attorneys can help you decide the best way to move forward and are well-versed in child custody and child support issues as well as any property division that needs to be addressed.

Ohio Marriage Dissolution FAQ

Besides the issues of children and property, what else is required when obtaining a marriage dissolution?

You are required to have resided in Ohio for at least 6 months.


What are some of the advantages to a marriage dissolution?

Firstly, the agreements on the ending of the marriage is agreed to by both parties without the court becoming involved. It is also a much faster method of legally ending a marriage and involves less steps as does a divorce. It is less expensive overall than a divorce.


I have property that I owned before I was married, does Ohio stipulate a method of dividing such property with my ex-spouse?

Ohio law recognizes the difference between property and assets you brought into the marriage vs. property obtained after a marriage. This property is known as ‘separate’ or ‘marital’. Separate property is what you had before a marriage, while ‘marital’ refers to property obtained during a marriage.

However, with a marriage dissolution agreement, all property can be divided as both parties agree to, no matter whether such property is marital or separate.


Am I legally required to give a reason for ending my marriage?

No, with a marriage dissolution that particular step is not mandatory.


Why can’t I use a ‘non-contested divorce’ instead of a marriage dissolution?

In Ohio, a marriage dissolution is the same as a non-contested divorce in many other states. The two are basically the same.



Difference between divorce, separation, and marriage dissolution

Ohio Laws

Ohio Dissolution of Marriage Law

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