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Answering Your Frequently Asked Questions About Getting Divorced In Ohio

At The Lampe Law Office, LLC, we know and understand that going through a divorce can be overwhelming, and you probably have a lot of questions. Here, our West Chester divorce lawyers answer some of the most commonly asked questions. However, every case is different. To answer your specific questions, we offer an initial consultation appointment. In this appointment, you can discuss the specific details of your case with an experienced divorce attorney.

How long does it take to get divorced in Ohio?

The amount of time it takes to get divorced can vary widely based on several factors. If your divorce is uncontested and you and your spouse can work together to reach agreements on the division of property, your divorce could be finalized much more quickly and resolved within a few months.

A contested divorce can take a year or more. Also, a divorce can take longer if you’ve been married for a long time. For example, if there are a good deal of assets and wealth or one of you owns your own business, the division of property can be more complicated. Likewise, if there are children involved and you and your spouse cannot agree on child custody or visitation schedules, your divorce might take longer.

In general, the more you and your spouse agree on the terms, the quicker the process tends to be. An experienced and knowledgeable divorce attorney can help facilitate a settlement in your divorce.

Will my divorce have to go to trial?

Whether your divorce will go to trial depends on your situation and whether or not you can agree on the main terms of your divorce. The terms of a divorce usually include:

If both parties can agree on the terms of your divorce, you may not need to go through an official court proceeding at all. A judge can sign a settlement agreement without needing to see the parties.

Oftentimes, parties going through a divorce will attempt to resolve any contested issues during mediation. However, if you cannot reach an out-of-court settlement through the mediation process, then your divorce will likely proceed to litigation.

Does it matter which spouse files for divorce?

It doesn’t necessarily matter who files for divorce first, but it can sometimes have strategic implications. The spouse who files, known as the petitioner, can somewhat control the early pace of the proceedings and may have a psychological advantage by taking the initiative.

Do I have to have a divorce attorney for a divorce?

Hiring a lawyer is not a requirement for a divorce, but it’s usually a good idea, especially if your divorce is contested or involves complex issues. An experienced divorce attorney can help protect your rights and guide you through the process. Going through a divorce takes an emotional toll. Having an attorney who can handle the legal aspects can take a huge burden off your shoulders.

How do I start the divorce process in Ohio?

To start the divorce process in Ohio, you’ll need to file a complaint for divorce with the court. This document explains that you want to get divorced and outlines your wishes for the divorce. You’ll also need to serve these papers to your spouse, giving them the opportunity to respond. From there, the process involves several steps, which an experienced divorce lawyer can help you navigate.

Remember, we’re here to help guide you through this challenging time with clarity and compassion. Seeking the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney can provide you with the legal support you need to make informed decisions for your future.

Schedule A Consultation With An Ohio Divorce Attorney

Our lawyers are available for consultation appointments. If you still have questions, would like to discuss your specific case or need more information about getting divorced in Ohio, we welcome you to reach out. You can contact our office by calling 800-542-4495 or by sending an email inquiry through our website.