Divorce

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When filing for divorce in Ohio, it is highly advisable to seek and retain an experienced lawyer. Divorce attorneys in Ohio are practiced at navigating the sometimes murky waters of divorce proceedings in this state. Let Grant Carpenter Law, LLC champion your interests, build your best case, and shield you from unnecessary and unsavory elements of your legal proceedings.  

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Whether you’re wondering how to file for divorce in Ohio or what the grounds for divorce in Ohio even are, an experienced divorce attorney can answer your questions and provide you with the legal representation you need. Let Grant Carpenter Law, LLC evaluate your case for free today.


FAQ

How much does it cost to talk to a lawyer about my divorce?

At Grant Carpenter Law, LLC, the initial divorce consultation is free. In your consultation, we will answer any questions you have about your divorce and discuss what to expect throughout each stage of the process. The cost to litigate a divorce varies on a case-by-case basis depending on the amount of litigation involved, so please contact our office for an initial consultation and estimate. Should you decide to have our office represent you, we offer flexible financing options to fit your budget while we protect your rights.

What constitutes grounds for divorce in Ohio?

In Ohio, you must indicate to the court why you are seeking a divorce. Although there are often multiple grounds, the parties need to agree to one of the following grounds in order to obtain a divorce:
• Willful absence of the other spouse for one year
• Adultery
• Extreme cruelty
• Gross neglect of duty
• Habitual drunkenness
• Imprisonment of the other spouse
• Lived separate and apart for one continuous year
• One spouse alleges the couple is incompatible, and the other spouse does not disagree

How does someone file for divorce in Ohio?

Someone can initiate divorce proceedings by filing a complaint for divorce in the Court of Common Pleas in their county of residence. It is important to note that you must reside in that county for a minimum of six months to become eligible to initiate the divorce process. In the event that you need any temporary orders such as child support, visitation, or asset division during the pendency of the divorce proceedings, you will be required to submit additional paperwork along with your complaint for divorce document.

What is a spousal support attorney?

A spousal support attorney is an attorney that is experienced in obtaining spousal support for their client. Spousal support (commonly called alimony) is a payment that one spouse makes to the other to provide financial support after a divorce. This payment is made in addition to child support. There are several factors that a court will consider when determining whether or not spousal support is appropriate, including the following:
• Each spouse's income (including income from property distributed during the divorce)
• The earning ability of each spouse
• The age and physical, mental, and emotional condition of each spouse
• The retirement benefits of each spouse
• The length of the marriage
• Whether one spouse has custody of the minor children and would be unable to work outside the home
• The standard of living established during the marriage
• The education of each spouse
• The assets and liabilities of each spouse
• Each spouse’s contributions to the education/training/earning ability of the other
• The time and expense required for the spouse seeking support to gain education, training, or job experience
• How spousal support would impact each spouse's taxes
• Whether a spouse contributed to the marriage as a homemaker and has decreased earning ability as a result
• Any other factors the court finds to be fair and relevant. (Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3105.18.)

Is Ohio a no-fault divorce state?

Ohio offers both no-fault and at-fault methods to end a marriage. A no-fault divorce means that parties do not need to provide the judge with any specific reason for the divorce. In Ohio, there are two grounds for filing a no-fault divorce. The first is that the parties are incompatible and the second is that the parties have lived separate and apart for more than one year.
In most divorce cases, parties mutually agree that they are incompatible. Therefore the court will not require an explanation for terminating the marriage (at-fault). However, if the parties cannot agree to a no-fault divorce, then the divorce may be obtained on an at-fault ground. Recognized at-fault grounds are as follows:
• Willful absence of the other spouse for one year
• Adultery
• Extreme cruelty
• Gross neglect of duty
• Habitual drunkenness
• Imprisonment of the other spouse

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