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Columbus, OH  43209


Divorce, Family and Juvenile Law

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"Mr. Goldstein was very knowledgeable, approachable, and understanding while guiding me through my divorce and custody case. Now a year later and facing further custody proceedings, I did not hesitate for a second in returning to Mr. Goldstein's office. His legal assistant, Treja, is awesome too! - Jeremy C.

A Dissolution is a completely uncontested Divorce Action.  In order for a Dissolution to occur, both sides must agree to every detail of the divorce, no matter how small.  Both parties must sign all paperwork and both parties must attend one court hearing.  If any of these things do not occur, then a Dissolution will not be granted by the Court.

In a Dissolution proceeding, the first step is to prepare a Separation Agreement.  This is a contract between the Husband and Wife, in which they will agree to how all of the property (including debts) will be divided and to all aspects of the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities, including custody, parenting time (visitation), child support, health insurance, tax deductions and the like.  (In some cases a separate Shared Parenting Plan will be devised, which would be referenced by the Separation Agreement.)  

Once the Separation Agreement (and Shared Parenting Plan, if applicable) has been properly executed, it is filed with the Court, along with a Petition for Dissolution.  (The parties are co-petitioners, so there is no plaintiff or defendant.  The parties are together asking the Court to dissolve their marriage.)  

The court will schedule a hearing which will take place between thirty (30) and ninety (90) days from the date that the Petition is filed.  The statute states that the Dissolution hearing must be completed within ninety (90) days and the Court has no discretion in this regard.  It is therefore very important that all Dissolution paperwork and forms be completed correctly, since the Court has very little time to allow for corrections.  

At the hearing, both parties must testify that they are still in agreement with the Separation Agreement and that they are still in favor of having their Divorce terminated.  The Judge will then sign the Decree of Dissolution and the marriage will be immediately terminated.  (In some jurisdictions, a Magistrate might conduct the final hearing, however, in Franklin County, Ohio, the final hearing is usually in front of a Domestic Relations Judge.)

The ability to file a Dissolution is not affected by the length of the marriage.  Any time that both parties agree to every aspect of the case, a Dissolution is possible and usually preferable.

Robert R. Goldstein
Attorney at Law
2734 East Main Street
Columbus, OH   43209 
(614) 231-0003
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