The divorce process in Ohio is controlled, in large part, by Ohio statute. Ohio statute also sets forth the residency requirements that dictate when Ohio can legally hear your divorce complaint.
A divorce can be resolved by agreement between the parties. However, if parties are unable to reach an agreement by themselves, they can try their unresolved issue or issues to the court. The court will then issue an order that resolves the dispute between the parties and finalizes the divorce.
There are several ways spouses might be able to separate in Ohio. Generally speaking, though, spouses turn to one of two ways to terminate their marriage: A divorce or a dissolution. See our article on Ways to Legally Terminate your Marriage for additional information on the other ways to terminate a marriage..
Four issues are addressed in most divorces. First, and the issue that must be resolved in all cases, is division of marital property — all marital assets and marital debts. Next, many marriages involve children, which adds two other broad issues for resolution: parenting time and child support. And, finally, spousal support must be addressed when terminating a marriage.
Spouses must be thorough in addressing their issues during divorce to ensure everything is properly dealt with. If an issue is missed, the divorce case may need to be re-opened and begun again to address the missed issue or issues. Although, sometimes, missing an issue forever bars it from consideration by the court, which may cause serious harm
While divorce is the best option for you and your ex-spouse, the idea of talking to your children about this choice may cause you to worry.
Discussing this topic with your children does not have to be scary, since there are many ways to approach it with respect and understanding.
BE OPEN TO DISCUSSIONS
According to Psychology Today, some parents worry about their children not confiding their true feelings in them. Worries about where they are going to live or what the future looks like can be stressful for children, especially younger ones. In order to prevent this, encourage them to ask questions and talk with you about their inner thoughts.
PICK YOUR WORDS CAREFULLY
When breaking the news, take care to give a straightforward and respectful explanation for why you and your ex-spouse chose to divorce. While some children may be mature enough to handle parts of the truth, you do not need to discuss the more personal details or disagreements you two had. Keep the description child-appropriate and factual.
EXPLAIN WHAT WILL NOT CHANGE
Children may only see the negatives in this situation, and may even blame themselves for somehow causing a divorce. Explain gently to them that this is not true, and make sure to spend extra time alone together doing activities that they enjoy.
This added support and bonding will help reassure them that you will always be there for them, whether they live at your residence or your ex-spouse’s. Divorce can be a tricky subject to talk about, but choosing your words carefully and taking time to reassure your children can help it go smoothly.