Divorce Lawyer Dayton, Ohio
Handling Cases in Southwest Ohio
At L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC, our Dayton divorce attorneys are committed to helping our clients through successful and healthy divorce processes. We understand that divorce is a life-changing event and can affect various family members, including children. That is why we work hard to examine every detail associated with divorce cases. Our goal is to make each family member as comfortable as possible.
Because we understand this complicated legal process can be mentally, emotionally, and physically draining, we are available to stand by your side from beginning to end. When you entrust our team with your case, you can rest easier knowing that we will provide you and your family with compassionate representation every step of the way. Over the years, we have gained the necessary experience and skills it takes to streamline the process for you.
What Are Grounds for Divorce in Ohio?
Grounds for a divorce are the legal reasons you give for seeking to terminate your marriage. In other words, when you submit your petition, you state why the court should grant your request.
In Ohio, you may seek a divorce on fault-based or no-fault grounds. Fault-based grounds are those asserting that your spouse engaged in conduct that damaged the marriage.
Under O.R.C. 3105.01, fault-based causes for divorce include:
- Either party already had a living spouse at the time they entered into the current marriage,
- Either party was willfully absent for 1 year,
- Extreme cruelty,
- Fraudulent contract,
- Gross neglect of duty,
- Habitual drunkenness,
- Imprisonment, or
- Either party got a divorce in another state which was advantageous only to them
No-fault grounds are those stating that neither spouse did anything wrong, but a divorce is the best course of action for the relationship. Generally, incompatibility or living separately for 1 year serve as reasons for no-fault divorces.
Because Ohio permits both no-fault and fault-based divorces, consult with an experienced family law attorney before filing. Our Dayton divorce lawyers can help you understand the process and gather and present evidence to support your case.
What Are the Requirements to File for a Divorce in Ohio?
Before your divorce proceedings and begin and your request is granted, you must ensure that you meet certain requirements.
- Residency requirements: To file for a divorce, you or your spouse must have been a resident of Ohio for at least 6 months. Additionally, either of you must have lived in the county you’re filing in for 90 days.
- Paperwork requirements: You must also submit specific paperwork to the court. The documents you file depend on your situation. Generally, they include a complaint; an affidavit of income, expenses, property, and debt; a request for temporary orders; a parenting proceeding affidavit; and a health insurance affidavit.
- Serving requirements: After you file your petition with the court, your spouse must be notified of the action. This is referred to as serving divorce papers.
At L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC, our Dayton divorce attorneys will get to know you, learn about your situation, and let you know if you meet the requirements and what forms you must include with your request.
Will I Have to Go to Court for My Divorce?
During your divorce proceedings, you may be required to attend several hearings, which means you would have to go to court. During the hearings, a judge will review all information presented by you and your spouse. If you and your spouse don’t agree on some issues, the judge will decide on the matter in a way they deem fair or equitable.
We Handle Every Angle of Divorce
Divorce can be a complicated process that often results in feelings of bitterness and anxiety. That is why we are committed to handling all angles of divorce when working with our clients.
When you choose our firm, we can also guide you through the following issues:
What Is a Dissolution of Marriage?
In Ohio, if both spouses agree on property, spousal support, and child-related matters, they may seek a dissolution of marriage. This option is different from a divorce in that both spouses make decisions on how to resolve disputes rather than asking the court to make final determinations.
After the spouses jointly file the required forms concerning their dissolution of marriage, the court will schedule their case for a hearing. During this proceeding, a judge will ensure that both parties agree on and understand the action. If they determine that everything is in order, they will grant the dissolution of marriage.
L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC Can Pave the Road Toward a Better Life
If you have been contemplating divorce and believe we can help you achieve a better and more prosperous future, contact our Dayton divorce lawyers at L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC right away. No matter your situation, we can guide you through every part of the process and help you pursue a happier life. You will never feel alone when you choose to work with our team. We can stand by your side from start to finish.