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Monday, May 11, 2020

Common Ohio Divorce Questions

For most people, the prospect of getting a divorce is daunting. Family, financial, and legal concerns often leave prospective divorcees unsure of where to turn or what to do. Unfortunately, it is this fear of the unknown that keeps many people stuck in unhappy marriages. If your marriage is broken beyond repair, you shouldn't let your unfamiliarity with the divorce process hold you back from moving on with your life. Below are answers to some common Ohio divorce questions. After reviewing this information, please contact an Ohio divorce attorney for additional guidance.

How do I get a divorce in Ohio?

In order to begin the divorce process in Ohio, you'll have to file a divorce complaint against your spouse in court. Don't worry if this sounds complicated: your Ohio divorce attorney will help you file your complaint. In addition, you and your spouse will have to complete affidavits that disclose personal information, such as your income, property holdings, expenses, and debts. If you have minor children, you'll have to fill out additional affidavits and will be required to take a parenting class before the court will grant your divorce.

How long does a divorce in Ohio take?

The answer to this question largely depends on how contentious your divorce is. If you only have a few minor disagreements with your spouse about the terms of your divorce, then the entire process could take anywhere from a few months to a year after you file. However, if your divorce is messy, the process can potentially take much longer.

Will I lose half of everything I own in my Ohio divorce?

This is often a major concern of people considering divorce in Ohio. In Ohio, all assets acquired during the marriage must be divided equitably by the court. This doesn't necessarily mean a 50/50 split. Rather, it just means that property division must be fair. In order to determine what is fair, the court examines a long list of factors. Assets of the marriage include everything acquired during the marriage. However, there are some exceptions to this, such as assets acquired by a spouse through inheritance during marriage. Assets acquired before marriage are also usually not divided during a divorce. Other important items that are divided during divorce include equity in the marital home and any debt acquired during marriage.

Contact an Ohio Divorce Attorney Today

If you want a divorce in Ohio, you need an experienced Ohio divorce attorney on your side. At Cox Keller Lusardi, our highly experienced Ohio divorce attorneys will guide you through the process while aggressively advocating on your behalf. Our attorneys have handled hundreds of divorce cases in Ohio, so you can be confident that we understand what it takes to achieve a favorable outcome in your case. Please contact us for a free initial consultation as soon as possible.

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