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Ending a marriage
When a marriage has failed, the married couple has an option to terminate the marriage, which is a process managed through the courts.
Ending a marriage in Ohio can be achieved in four ways; though, most couples choose either a divorce or a dissolution. A knowledgeable lawyer can explain all options available and discuss which fit your situation so you can make an informed decision.
It is important you understand your rights and obligations early in the separation process, otherwise you may make costly or time consuming mistakes. We encourage you to read this website, and ones like it, to learn some helpful basics; but we recommend you hire a good lawyer early in the process to ensure your interests are best protected in the case.
Issues affecting your children
When a marriage or relationship involving parents ends, many issues involving their child or children arise.
The big issues to discuss include custody, parenting time, health insurance, and child support. But there are numerous other issues as well: choice of school, holiday time, and how vacations are handled just to name a few.
A parent should meet with counsel early in the process to learn about their local court system and how it commonly addresses these issues. This can give you some important guidance as you discuss these issues to work out a long-term workable solution.
Issues affecting your assets and debts
If a separation is in your future or underway now, you must consider how the case will affect your assets and debts.
An asset is property you own; which can include items like silverware, stocks, money, bank accounts, fishing rods, a car, or your home. A debt is something you owe someone else; which can include car loans, a home mortgage, or a loan from a parent.
All marital assets and debts of a marriage that is ending require division. Courts will issue an order dividing the assets and debts if the parties cannot reach an agreement. So, be sure to speak with a knowledgeable lawyer to understand what property is subject to division and ways those items could be divided in the most beneficial way.