Ending a marriage is never an easy decision, but for those in Ohio, there is an alternative to the traditional, contentious divorce process. Marriage dissolution, also known as a “dissolution of marriage,” is a legal process that allows a couple to end their marriage in a peaceful and cost-effective manner. In this article, we will explore the differences between marriage dissolution and traditional divorce, the process of dissolution of marriage, and why dissolution may be the better option for some couples.
What is Marriage Dissolution?
Marriage dissolution is a legal process in which a couple agrees to end their marriage and reaches a settlement on all issues related to the dissolution. These issues include property division, spousal support, and child custody. Unlike traditional divorce, where one spouse files for divorce and the other must respond and potentially contest the allegations, both parties in a dissolution must agree to the dissolution and the terms of the settlement.
The Differences between Marriage Dissolution and Traditional Divorce
The most significant difference between marriage dissolution and traditional divorce is the level of agreement and cooperation between the parties. In a dissolution, both parties must agree to the dissolution and the terms of the settlement, whereas in a traditional divorce, one party files for divorce, and the other must respond and potentially contest the allegations.
Another difference is the level of involvement of the court. In a dissolution, the court’s role is primarily to review the agreement and, if it is found to be fair and reasonable, to issue a decree of dissolution of marriage. In a traditional divorce, the court may be more involved in the process, including making decisions on issues such as property division, spousal support, and child custody.
A Peaceful Process
One of the major benefits of marriage dissolution is that it can be a more peaceful process. Because both parties must agree to the dissolution and the settlement terms, there is less room for conflict and hostility. This can make the process less emotionally draining for both parties and can also be beneficial for any children involved.
A Cost-Effective Option
Another benefit of marriage dissolution is that it is typically less expensive than traditional divorce. Because the process is less adversarial, there is less need for costly legal representation and fewer court appearances. This can save both parties a significant amount of money in the long run.
A Faster Resolution
Marriage dissolution also tends to be a faster process than traditional divorce. Because the parties are able to reach a settlement without the need for a trial, the process can be completed in a shorter amount of time. This can be especially beneficial for couples who are eager to move on with their lives and put the unhappy marriage behind them.
Is Dissolution Right For You?
It is important to note that not all couples are able to reach an agreement on the terms of their dissolution. In such cases, traditional divorce may be the better option. It’s important for couples to weigh the pros and cons of both options and discuss with an experienced attorney to make an informed decision. Marriage dissolution allows a couple to end their marriage in a peaceful and cost-effective manner. While it may not be the right option for all couples, it is a good idea at least to consider dissolution as an alternative to traditional divorce.
An Experienced Attorney Can Help
If you are considering a divorce or dissolution, it is essential to speak with an experienced attorney who can help you understand your options and guide you through the process. Garretson & Holcomb, LLC is here to help. Call today at (513) 863-6600.