Frequently Asked Questions
The length of a divorce will depend entirely on surrounding circumstances. For example, where you file will affect the length of the process as each county treats it differently. In addition, activities prior to the divorce (such as mediation and discovery) will affect the length of the process, as will the type of case you file-whether it is contested, uncontested, or a dissolution. That being said, an uncontested divorce can generally move fairly quickly and a dissolution where both parties have agreed ahead of time on the different aspects of divorce can move even faster. To learn more about your own case, give us a call.
Ohio is what is known as a “mixed state,” which means that divorcing parties can either file for a fault or no-fault divorce.
If you are seeing to file for a fault divorce, these are examples of the acceptable grounds:
- Extreme cruelty
- Fraudulent contract
- Gross neglect of duty
- Habitual drunkenness
- Imprisonment of the adverse party
- Incompatibility unless one of the party denies it
- The adverse party was willfully absent for one year
Like most courts in the U.S., family law courts in Ohio try to do what they consider to be in the best interest of the child when it comes to custody arrangements. Often, this is done so both parents have frequent contact with the child after the divorce has been finalized, which means joint custody is often preferred.