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Want a quicker, easier way to divorce? Consider dissolution

An all-out legal battle might make for a good divorce on TV or in movies, but it might not be what you want for your own life. If you hope to take a more amicable approach to divorce, dissolution could be the right choice. In Ohio, there are a few key differences between divorce and dissolution, so consider some of the following before deciding which process to pursue.

If coming to the decision to end your marriage was already agreed upon by both you and your spouse, then the highly cooperative nature of dissolution might suit you. Unlike in divorce, when one person files on certain legal grounds that must further be settled in a courtroom, dissolution gives you the power to decide your own fate. You and your spouse will reach a voluntary agreement before ever stepping foot anywhere near a judge.

It will be up to you to sort out your own property and debt division, spousal support (if any) and legal fees. If you have children, you will also need to reach an agreement on your child custody arrangements, parenting plan and support. After doing so, only then will you both jointly petition for a dissolution of marriage.

In general, dissolution is not only faster than divorce, but it is also less stressful. While you and your soon-to-be ex can work collaboratively to find a solution, you may want to consider taking steps to ensure that your own best interests are protected. An attorney who is experienced in Ohio family law may be able to explain your options and rights in regard to both dissolution and divorce.

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