Cleveland, OH- Are you and your spouse thinking about divorce? Are you unsure where to start or how the process works? Don’t worry; you aren’t alone. So many Ohioans don’t even know where to begin when they decide divorce is their best option or what the process entails. That is why our team of divorce lawyers in Cleveland wanted to discuss some of the basics of divorce in the state, so you can be prepared and know what to expect.
First, it is important to note must live in Ohio for at least six months before filing for divorce. There are no additional residency requirements.
If you meet the residency requirement, you can file for a no-fault divorce. Ohio, like many other states, are exclusively no-fault divorce states. That means a couple doesn’t need to show any wrongdoing to seek a dissolution; they only need to show that their marriage is broken and the cannot reconcile their differences.
A no-fault divorce is quick if a couple can resolve child custody issues, divide their assets and address any other critical issues ahead of time. If this is proving difficult, a couple can choose to settle these problems through different means. For one, they can choose mediation. Or, a couple can leave these issues up to a court to decide. Many Cleveland couples choose mediation because it leaves control of these matters in their hands, instead of a judge’s. Mediation is a better way to ensure each is satisfied with their divorce settlement.
If you want to the leave the decision of asset division in the hands of a judge, it’s important to note that the state is an equitable division state. That means the courts will take several factors into consideration including, the duration of a couple’s marriage, the value of the property being divided and the income, debts and finances of each spouse. Assets that belong to one spouse prior to tying the knot will remain theirs when they divorce.
Ohio’s divorce laws allow one spouse to seek financial support if needed to maintain their standard of living and the standard of living for their children. Spousal support is often awarded when one spouse was a stay-at-home parent who doesn’t have a career.
In regards to child custody, Ohio looks at what is in the best interest of a child when deciding who gets custody, how much child support is necessary and visitation hours. If you and your spouse cannot resolve issues of child custody, USAttorneys recommends you speak with a child custody attorney who is familiar with Cleveland’s family court. A lawyer will help you and your spouse settle your disagreements and choose a custody arrangement that is best for your child or children.
Above are just the basics. If you need answers and guidance, let USAttorneys connect you with a skilled and accomplished divorce lawyer in Cleveland. We recommend you contact the law offices of King, Klonigan & Associates and set up a consultation. Call (513) 793-2353 and arrange for a case evaluation.