There are two basic ways to go about ending a marriage in Ohio - Divorce or Dissolution. In the past, most couples have chosen the traditional, litigated, lawyer-driven, court model - filing for a divorce. A divorce is essentially like filing a lawsuit in court. You file paperwork first and then through a series of hearings, motions, depositions, discovery, and other complicated actions and potentially years and tens of thousands of dollars later, if you haven't reached an agreement, a judge or magistrate will make decisions for you. This means that if you and your spouse can not agree on on how your children will be parented and how your assets and debts will be divided, the court will make those decisions for you. And you will be legally required to follow the court order. How can a judge be more qualified than you and your spouse to make decisions that will affect you and your children for the rest of your lives?
The second process for pursuing the termination of a marriage is called filing for a dissolution. In this process, there are no papers filed or court involvement until you and your spouse have reached agreement in ALL areas of the divorce settlement. The following 5 issues must be discussed and agreed upon before any paperwork is filed: 1) Parenting Rights and Responsibilities (custody), 2) Parenting Times Schedules, 3) Child Support, 4) Spousal Support, and 5) Equitable Division of all Marital Assets & Debts. Once agreements have been reached in all 5 of these areas, a couple then fills out the appropriate paperwork necessary for their county and files it themselves with the court, or hires an attorney to prepare the documents and file for them.
I offer my services to couples who are seeking a dissolution in Ohio. There are many complicated decisions, discussions, paperwork, and emotional issues that arise during the course of deciding the 5 main issues listed above. I serve as a neutral, third party in these discussions and systematically break down the process and paperwork to help couples navigate a fair, equitable, creative, customized, and unique agreement that puts the needs and interests of both spouses and their children first. I have over 170 hours of professional family law mediation training to help guide couples through this emotionally-charged process. Many couples try to do a "DIY" dissolution with no professional guidance or help and find themselves with an agreement down the road that doesn't meet their needs. I'm here to help walk you and your spouse through the process so nothing gets missed.
You and your spouse have no children together that are under the age of 18, but there are still many decisions that must be made concerning your finances. In mediation sessions, you will discuss options and use creative problem-solving to come to agreement about these two main issues: 1) Spousal Support, and 2) Equitable Division of Marital Assets and Debts. The amount of time and sessions necessary to come to agreement on these issues varies by couple and is based on many factors. I offer up-front, transparent, flat-fee pricing so you know what to expect. The cost for Mediation of a "Dissolution without Minor Children" is $1,000.
You and your spouse may have one or more children together that are under the age of 18. You will need to come to agreement about the following issues during your mediation sessions: 1) Parenting Rights & Responsibilities, 2) Parenting Time Schedules, 3) Child Support, 4) Spousal Support, and 5) the Equitable Division of your Marital Assets and Debts. The amount of time and sessions necessary to come to agreement on these issues varies by couple and is based on many factors. I offer up-front, transparent, flat-fee pricing so you know what to expect. The cost for Mediation of a "Dissolution with Minor Children" is $2,000.
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