Deciding on divorce terms can be difficult for both parties. Here’s everything you need to know about collaborative divorce in Ohio: the basics.

Collaborative divorce in Ohio is a way for spouses to agree on their divorce terms without going to court. However, a collaborative divorce will end with a dissolution of marriage rather than a traditional divorce.

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What is a Collaborative Divorce?

In Ohio, a collaborative divorce is when both spouses and their lawyers collaboratively negotiate and decide divorce terms. A collaborative divorce will not have a plaintiff or defendant because both parties agree to end the marriage together.

How Does a Collaborative Divorce Work in Ohio?

In a collaborative divorce, spouses and their attorneys will meet to discuss the divorce terms. Both parties must reveal all of their assets in the negotiations. Spouses will discuss terms such as the division of assets, child custody, and spousal support.

Although spouses may determine their child/spousal support according to Ohio guidelines, they also may agree to their own terms.

Once negotiations conclude, divorce lawyers will draft a separation agreement. To finalize the divorce, an Ohio court must approve the agreement and issue a dissolution of marriage.

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What Are the Benefits of a Collaborative Divorce in Ohio?

A collaborative divorce may allow parties more flexibility in reaching agreements. A collaborative divorce also takes less money and time than a traditional divorce and can save both parties stress and tension.

FAQs About Collaborative Divorce in Ohio

Do spouses need separate attorneys for collaborative divorce?

Yes, both parties will need their own divorce lawyer in a collaborative divorce.

Do spouses have to qualify for a collaborative divorce?

Both spouses must agree to be honest and transparent in the collaborative process, but Ohio’s collaborative divorce process does not have official requirements.

What if one spouse is not transparent during the divorce process?

If a spouse is not being transparent and the collaborative process does not seem to be working, spouses may switch to mediation or litigation to determine the terms of their divorce.

What is the difference between collaborative divorce and mediation?

In Ohio, mediation still carries the possibility of litigation or court hearings. With a collaborative divorce, both parties agree to decide the terms of their divorce without a court.

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Is there a specific attorney to hire for a collaborative divorce?

Some attorneys specialize in collaborative divorces. It may be helpful for parties to consult a collaborative lawyer for this process.

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