How Does the Dissolution of Marriage Work?
After you and your attorneys have done the work of allocating alimony, child support, child custody, asset division and related matters, then a signed separation agreement is then filed with the petition for dissolution. Following the filing, the court will be in contact with you to schedule a hearing date, which must be within 30 to 90 days after you have filed the petition.
At the hearing, both you and your spouse must be present to show the judge that you both entered into the separation on your own terms without being coerced by either the other party or someone else. In addition, you each must tell the judge you're okay with the separation agreement and still want to dissolve your marriage. If the judge approves your petition, they will take steps to make the dissolution an official court order.
As you can tell, this process is much simpler and more civil than divorce, which can take several months to a couple of years from start to finish. If civility and simplicity is what you and your spouse are looking for, a dissolution of marriage is likely your best option.
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If you are looking for dissolution of marriage attorneys and you live in the Columbus, Ohio area, put your faith in Heckert & Moreland Co., LPA. We have been exposed to a wide range of couples looking to end their marriage, so even if you aren’t sure whether divorce or dissolution is the path to take, call our office today to set up a one-on-one consultation.