What is Domestic Relations Law?
Domestic Relations law involves the termination of a legal marriage. In order for someone to legally end a marriage, they must go through the Domestic Relations Court. In Ohio, there are three actions one can take to suspend or terminate a legal marriage: Divorce, Dissolution, or Legal Separation.
A divorce action is a lawsuit where one spouse sues the other spouse in an attempt to end the marriage, divide up marital property, and determine child support or child custody issues.
A dissolution is where both the husband and wife file the petition for dissolution together in one document. They also attach a separation agreement to the petition. Once the petition is filed, the Court will set up a dissolution hearing in 30-60 days, where the Judge will then confirm the desire to terminate the marriage.
A separation agreement is a contract between a husband and wife, which settles all the issues relating to the termination of the marriage. It has the same attributes as a divorce or dissolution, but differs in that the spouse who files wants to live completely separate and apart from the other spouse, seeks to divide up marital property and seeks to determine child support and child custody issues without actually ending the marriage.
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