Ending A Marriage

When people think about ending a marriage, they often think about divorce. In Ohio, however, there are two methods of ending a marriage: divorce and dissolution. It is critical that you choose an experienced, local attorney who understands the rules in your county and who can help you determine the most appropriate manner of ending your marriage.

At The Law Offices of W. Scott Russell in Lebanon, we have more than 10 years of experience handling divorce and dissolution in Warren County and the surrounding counties. As a law firm that takes pride in providing personal attention, we will carefully review your specific situation to determine whether you should pursue a divorce or a dissolution of marriage. Based on the facts of your case, we will create a customized legal strategy that is meant to achieve your goals and position you for a future that you can be happy with.

Divorce Vs. Dissolution

To initiate a divorce, one spouse must file on specific grounds, or reasons. Most grounds are fault-based, like adultery, cruelty and fraud. In other words, one spouse must place blame on the other. There are two acceptable no-fault grounds that divorce can be filed on: living separately for a year and incompatibility. Divorce is a complex process that involves many legal touch points from the time the paperwork is filed until divorce orders are issued. Divorce may involve subpoenas, temporary orders, motions, hearings and more along the way.

Dissolution, on the other hand, involves substantially less engagement on the part of the court. In a dissolution of marriage, spouses negotiate an outcome and there is only a hearing after an agreement has been reached and filed with the court. The hearings, motions, temporary orders and subpoenas that often arise during a divorce do not happen in a dissolution. Dissolution is often referred to as a no-fault divorce.

Negotiation, Mediation, Collaborative Law And Trial

We encourage amicable resolutions whenever possible. At our family law firm, we are well-versed in negotiation and alternative dispute resolution techniques like mediation. We are practitioners of collaborative law, which allows spouses to collaborate and reach positive outcomes. Of course, we recognize that ending a marriage is emotional and sometimes a fight is necessary to protect the things that mean so much to you and to get a fair outcome. We are willing to go to trial to argue on your behalf. We do not back down from a challenge.

We handle all aspects of divorce, including:

  • Property division
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Spousal support or alimony

Talk To A Lawyer About Divorce For Free

Call us at 513-409-0343 or send us an email. In a free consultation, you have the opportunity to tell us about your situation and find out how you can benefit from our experience.